December 22, 2010 – The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and the National Technical Information Service (NTIS) have made an agreement ensuring long-term access to the digital scientific, technical, and engineering information (STEI) collected by NTIS.

We found this interesting information on Information Today in their article, “National Archives and NTIS Agree on the Preservation of Digital Scientific and Technical Information.”

David Ferriero, archivist of the United States., said, “…This agreement will help assure both Congress and the American public that the NTIS collection of digital scientific, technical, engineering, and business information documenting unclassified federally funded research is preserved for the long-term benefit of future generations of researchers around the world.”

The goals of the agreement include focusing on a total electronic solution to the collection, distribution, long term access, preservation, and other archival processes and creating a joint dissemination and long term archival environment that supports future development of the NTIS e-science collection and NARA’s Electronic Records Archives system, through a collaborative effort.

Melody K. Smith

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