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NARA Seeks Public Comment on Digital Preservation Framework

Tuesday, October 1, 2019  
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According to a September 16 press release, the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is soliciting comments on its new digital preservation framework, “which consists of our approach to determining risks faced by electronic files, and our plans for preserving different types of file formats.”

Archivist David S. Ferriero described the new strategic approach as a “roadmap” for the federal agencies as they transition exclusively to electronic recordkeeping.

“We’re in the process of shifting the entire government off of paper and to all electronic record-keeping, and we play a major role in helping the agencies get to that point,” he said in the release.

Previous directives from the White House have called for NARA to no longer accept paper records after December 31, 2022.

NARA seeks guidance on best practices from other agencies, the private sector, stakeholders, and other experts. “We are posting these documents because we want to share what we are doing, and because we need your help,” the agency says.

Public comments are welcome through November 1 on GitHub.