October 16, 2021

Article: "Behind the Scenes: A Glimpse to the Archives of the Future"

From a LiveScience Article by Aaron Dubrow:

At the end of President George W. Bush’s administration in 2000, NARA received roughly thirty-five times the amount of data as previously received from the administration of President Clinton, which itself was many times that of theprevious administration. With the federal government increasingly using social media, cloud computing, and other technologies to contribute to open government, this trend is not likely to decline. By 2014, NARA is expecting to accumulate more than 35 petabytes (quadrillions of bytes) of data in the form of electronic records.

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“The National Archives is a unique national institution that responds to requirements for preservation, access and the continued use of government records,” said Robert Chadduck, acting director for the National Archives Center for Advanced Systems and Technologies.

To find innovative and scalable solutions to large-scale electronic records collections, Chadduck turned to the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC), a National Science Foundation-funded center for advanced computing research, to draw on the expertise of TACC’s digital archivist, Maria Esteva and data analysis expert, Weijia Xu.

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About Gary Price

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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