March 9, 2011 – The State Records Authority of New South Wales (NSW) is beginning a project to implement a digital archiving facility that would improve digital recordkeeping across the Government.

We found this interesting piece of news on FutureGov in their article, “NSW embarks on pan-government Digital Archiving.” The aim is to create a whole-of-Government digital archive to accept, preserve, and store digital Government records as archives. Until now, they have been relying on hardcopy format; this paper-based archiving is no longer meeting the requirements of the Government.

The planned $3.4 million Digital Archive would be capable of receiving digital records in all formats from the NSW Government public offices, and convert the records into stable, long term preservation formats. The digital archiving system will comply with the international standard for open archival information systems [happy dance].

Melody K. Smith

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