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Archival standards: an interview with NARA

March 21, 2014 15

It’s easy to understand that stable, reliable records-keeping is essential to business, government and society in general. When paper and its microfilm cousin were the only media for records the world was a simpler place. Over the last 50 years government agencies have replaced filing cabinets with servers and printed documents with PDF files. Things got a… Read more

NARA’s 2014 Transfer Guidance Bulletin

February 25, 2014 19

On 31 January 2014 the US Government’s National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) issued updated Transfer Guidance, replacing the previous 2003 document. The new Bulletin is substantially overhauled, with greater emphasis on standards in general, and standardized file-formats – most notably PDF – in particular. While each agency does things their own way (hey, this is America!),… Read more