December 17, 2017

Texas Launching Digital Archive Project for Government Files

From Texas Weekly:

It may be a bit unusual for some to hear the words “exciting” and “archives” in the same thought, but that’s exactly what Texas’ archivists are saying these days.

“It’s a very exciting time for the agency,” said Jelain Chubb, the Texas state archivist.

That’s because the Texas State Library and Archives Commission is launching a new project — thanks to new funds from the state budget — that will hold archivable digital files from state government, which the public will eventually be able to search.

In the coming years, those emails, reports, databases, spreadsheets, Word documents, images and videos won’t be sitting in individual state agencies, waiting for public record requests. Instead, the Texas Digital Archive will be the central place for all the digital files that state archivists deem of permanent, historical value. And once all those files are collected and categorized, they’ll be searchable to the public.

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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