GovLaunch: NARA crowdsources advice on e-records

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    Crowdsourcing is the name of the game for the National Archives and Records Administration. The agency has set up a website to gather ideas about electronic records management practices.

    NextGov reports that the submitted ideas that work well for all agencies will be folded into a governmentwide directive due for release this June.

    The initiative was launched in response to a November, 2011 memo from the President, who wants to improve e-records management. NextGov explains that many agencies have had a hard time with this:

    “Agencies have struggled to meet statutory requirements for maintaining their records, failing about 95 percent of the time, according to a NARA estimate based on agency self-assessments. In some cases, agencies aren’t saving the proper records. In other instances, they are storing records electronically but not taking steps to ensure they can be read or retrieved years down the road.”

    Currently, records are managed on an agency-by-agency basis.

    What do you think? Should government agencies do more crowdsourcing for projects like this?

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