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Archiving Social Media - Comprehensive Resources on GovLoop and Beyond

Earlier today, I saw this tweet from GovLoop Founder Steve Ressler:

So I did a quick search of GovLoop and found a TON of content and conversations (see below). Also, I started creating a GovLoop Guide on Archiving. Want to help me finish it? Send me a message.



Email, records, content, information, knowledge - What's a records manager to do?

Fast Records Management (#ERM) Facts from New AIIM Survey

Lost Conversations, Lost Decisions, Lost History…

Public Records…Tools to Archive Twitter and Facebook

Records Keeping in a Web 2.0 World

The Archiving Challenge

The Commisar Vanishes

What Social Middleware Means for Government


Archiving Twitter as a Public Record

HIPAA, Text Messaging and Archiving. Who’s Doing It and How?

What the Feds Must Archive

Twitter Archiving for Government



Government 2.0 Club

Knowledge Management in Government

Records Management Community of Interest


Administration issues solicitation to archive social media content

Archiving Content/Web Records

Department of Defense

Massachusetts Social Media Policy

NASCIO - Ready for the Challenge? State CIOs and Electronic Records: Issues, Opportunities and Best Practices

National Archives and Records Administration Electronic Records Archive

North Carolina Office of the Governor Best Pratices for Social Media Usage

Records Management Implications of Social Media Tools: Thoughts from the Archivists’ Legal Counsel

Should Govts Archive Social Media Posts

Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen Opinion on Public Records

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Comment by Rachel R. Hawley on February 25, 2010 at 12:59pm
Thank you so much! Abiding by public records laws in the ways of retention, is the main reason my municipality has yet to move forward to social networking!
Comment by Andrew Krzmarzick on February 25, 2010 at 10:24am
Excellent resources - thank you, Doug! In fact, I've updated the blog post above to include them.
Comment by Doug Robinson on February 25, 2010 at 10:16am
Managing, archiving and preserving born digital government content and records in any format is a challenge. For additional perpspective see our NASCIO brief -

Both Massachusetts and Utah have addressed this issue. Example see -
Comment by Andrew Krzmarzick on February 24, 2010 at 4:22pm
You're welcome, Barbara. In some ways it's new, in some ways, I'm thinking many of the requirements for email and voicemail - other forms of digital content - would still apply...except for the sheer proliferation of content. So maybe it's the amount vs. the content itself.
Comment by barbara haven on February 24, 2010 at 4:10pm
Thanks for sharing these.

Now I'm preparing my tax personally, so I was gathering the document retention guidelines I found for my personal information. I hoped to find similar, definite guidelines for social media and other information at work in government.

Social Media Retention and even website retention is new for governments.

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