October 10, 2015, marks the fourth annual Electronic Records Day. Organized by the Council of State Archivists, this day is designed to raise awareness among state government agencies, the general public, related professional organizations, and other stakeholders about the crucial role electronic records play in their world.
Here on The Bigger Picture, we are no strangers to discussing electronic records, their role in documenting the activities of the Smithsonian, and the challenges they present in ensuring that historically and legally valuable electronic records are saved and remain readable over time. To celebrate Electronic Records Day, we’d like to highlight just a few of our previous posts.
- What Does an Electronic Records Archivist Do?, by Lynda Schmitz Fuhrig, August 10, 2010
- Passwords and Paper Printouts: Preserving the Electronic Records of the Devra Kleiman Papers, by Julianna Barrera-Gomez, July 28, 2011
- Challenges of Appraising Records in the Digital Age, by Jennifer Wright, October 12, 2012
- Paper vs. Electronic: The Not-So-Final Battle, by Jennifer Wright, April 10, 2014
- Web and Social Media Preservation: Capturing Today’s Websites for Future Archival Research, by Stefana Breitwieser, August 12, 2014
- One Lens for Multiple Archives: A Pan-Institutional Survey of Born-Digital Holdings, by Ricc Ferrante, May 28, 2015
- The History of Email at the Smithsonian, by David Bridge, July 21, 2015
- Yes, We’re Still Talking About Email, by Lynda Schmitz Fuhrig, August 4, 2015
- Electronic Records Day 2015, Council of State Archivists