Archivists’ job in New Zealand has substantially gotten more difficult as they struggle to manage digital records that are multiplying by the second. ZDNet brought this news to us in their article, “‘Born-digital’ records a minefield for archivists.”

Unfortunately, the digital records that are being produced do not include the ones that in fact were mandated to be in the Government Digital Archive. In a report on its agency audits in 2014 and 2015, Archives NZ said it was disappointing to see that although the Public Records Act 2005 was now a decade old, barely half the offices audited had significant records keeping maturity.

Dealing with that fragmentation requires Archives to have a consistent and coherent approach to managing access, preservation and storage and to defend the integrity of the original records from alteration.

Melody K. Smith

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