U.S. Government: "Stripped-Down Digital Records Archive Set to Debut"
The National Archives and Records Administration’s Electronic Records Archive (ERA), after years of delays, will launch at three agencies this month, but will have fewer capabilities than originally planned.
The State, Justice and Health and Human Services departments will be the first to fully access the system to transfer electronic documents to NARA for preservation. Some of the records will be accessible to the public through an existing online portal.
Use of the system will be mandatory for all agencies by October 2012.
NARA currently manages 97.4 terabytes of electronic records — one terabyte is equal to 1,000 gigabytes — and is keeping pace with its goal to collect 10 terabytes of records a quarter on ERA, according to a Feb. 28 update by chief information officer Charles Piercy on the IT Dashboard, which tracks government IT investments.
[ERA communications manager David] Lake said the existing public portal supports full text search for certain records, but the ability to search the text of all documents “was never our intention.”
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