The National Archives may be second-guessing its stamp of approval on the plan to destroy e-mail messages sent by CIA non-senior officials. The CIA’s plan is raising concerns from other parties as well. The Washington Post brought this news to our attention in their article, “National Archives backing away from CIA e-mail destruction plan.”

Destroying this metadata would only be approved if they could be assured that the content of  the e-mails would likely be captured elsewhere in permanent records, or that it has little or no research value.

As many organizations are struggling to reduce their big data volume, it is still important to maintain integrity among data items and keep them findable. Information being findable is the result of good indexing and comprehensive metatagging. Automated indexing is a comprehensive approach to making content findable. Access Innovations is one of a very small number of companies able to help its clients generate ANSI/ISO/W3C-compliant taxonomies with integrated indexing rule bases to make their information findable.

Melody K. Smith

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