October 22, 2014

Digital Preservation: Michigan to Preserve Historic Electronic Records

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From the AP (via Detroit Free-Press):

The State of Michigan has signed an agreement with a technology company aimed at preserving electronic records with historical value.

Officials say Michigan is the first state to sign a contract with Tessella, which specializes in digital preservation solutions, technology, consulting and research. The state has been seeking solutions for preserving its electronic records since 1977.

From the Official State of Michigan Announcement (October 11, 2012)

“In the digital age, preservation of electronic records of historic value has become a significant concern,” said State Archivist Mark Harvey. “Preservica will allow us to safely secure a large volume of electronic data, including precinct-level election results, K-12 education data, Michigan Supreme Court briefs and meeting minutes of various public bodies.”

Electronic records are hardware and software dependent. Over time, often within five to 10 years, the technology that was used to create them will become obsolete, especially as manufacturers cease to support older products. Due to this instability, electronic records must be continually migrated to new technology to remain accessible.

Tessella has offices in the UK and Rockville, MD.

Brief Video About Tessella’s Preservica Technology

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