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Tuesday, 30th November 2010

NARA (U.S.) and NTIS (U.S.) Sign Agreement For Long-Term Preservation of Digital Scientific Data

From a National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and National Technical Information Service (NTIS) Announcement:

The National Archives and Records Administration and the National Technical Information Service (NTIS) have entered into an agreement ensuring long-term preservation and access to the NTIS collection of authenticated and secured digital scientific, technical, and engineering information (STEI).


The goals of the agreement are to:

+ Focus on a total electronic solution to the collection, distribution, long-term access, preservation, and other archival processes of this important federal information for the benefit of the public and the federal government;

+ Invest in format and media conversion solutions to increase the availability of significant scientific and tangible historical content in the long term; and

+ Create, through a collaborative effort, a joint dissemination and long-term archival environment that support the future development of the NTIS e-science collection and NARA’s Electronic Records Archives (ERA) system.


The National Archives will work in partnership with NTIS to encourage and promote agency transfers of digital STEI materials to NTIS as successful fulfillment of an agency obligation to transfer permanently valuable digital STEI records to NARA. Currently, the NTIS collection consists of more than two terabytes of scientific, technical, and engineering information. Access to STEI records will be provided by NTIS. The National Archives will maintain a “dark archives” back up copy of all the STEI records, and assume legal custody of the records when they become 40 years old.

More info about the agreement along with comments by Bruce Borzino, Director of NTIS and David S. Ferriero, Archivist of the United States in this news release.



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