Comma

The risks relating to electronic archiving

Comma (2009), 2009, (2), 27–30.

Abstract

Although it is generally considered that we are currently living in an information society, many working in archives have to question this claim. In some cases, today's society destroys more information than it preserves and those producing or receiving valuable information electronically too often pay little attention to its preservation. Sports organisations are no exception in this respect. As well as collecting historical records, the Sports Archives of Finland also has an advisory role for sports organisations about their current records management. However, for a variety of reasons many organisations do not take its advice seriously enough and it is sometimes difficult to be certain that archivists are really giving the right advice when they demand that sports organisations use electronic archiving. Until an internationally-recognised standard for electronic archiving, which will preserve the integrity of electronic records, is developed and adopted, it is strongly recommended that, as a precaution, paper copies should be taken from all the electronic material which is supposed to be preserved permanently.

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Viita, Ossi