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