28 September 2015

Electronic Records Day is 10 October 2015

Electronic records are becoming more and more prevalent in our life.  Just as paper records are critical and need to be preserved, the same holds true for electronic records. 

Many of already have massive archives of electronic records.  Will future generations have access to what you’ve accumulated?  As stated by the Council of State Archivists (CoSA), in Survival Strategies for Personal Digital Records “Electronic files are much more fragile than paper records, and their long-term survival requires attention and planning.”

October 10th is a day to celebrate electronic records, create awareness about their importance, share information about how they are managed, and most importantly, it’s an opportunity to enlist help to ensure that electronic records are preserved.

From CoSA ...

What is Electronic Records Day?

Electronic Records Day is an opportunity to raise awareness among government agencies, related professional organizations, the general public and other stakeholders about the crucial role electronic records play in our world.  Now in its fourth year, E-Records Day was created by the Council of State Archivists (CoSA) as part of its State Electronic Records Initiative (SERI).  This year CoSA is promoting an entire week of electronic records awareness leading up to 10/10, with a special focus on electronic communications.  Please join CoSA and others in observing E-records day in 2015!

How can I participate?

Use ALL your networks to help raise stakeholder awareness of important electronic records issues.
o      Spread the word through social media
o      Write a post on your blog about electronic records
o      Engage the public in a presentation on risks to digital content
o      Start a dialog with other organizations in your area that work with electronic records
o      Host a workshop on digital preservation standards and practices.

Need a starting point?

See CoSA‘s Electronic Records Day webpage for tip sheets, posters and flyers:  http://www.statearchivists.org/seri/ElectronicRecordsDay.htm

If you have questions, want to offer suggestions or need copies of promotional materials, please contact seri@statearchivists.org.

Materials include:  Ten Reasons Why Electronic Records Need Special Attention, Survival Strategies for Personal Digital Archiving, Tips for Government Agencies Working with Electronic Records and Managing Electronic Communications in Government.

Electronic Records Day is 10/10/15!

Are you doing all that you can to help preserve electronic records?

Editor’s Note: Upfront with NGS also blogged about this day last year, Today is Electronic Records Day. Are your electronic records at risk?

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