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Strategy for Digitizing Archival Materials for Public Access, 2007-2016 May 2008 Introduction The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is the Government agency that preserves and provides access to the U.S. Government's collection of documents recording the important events in American history.
The diligent bloggers at the Free Government Information tipped me off to another NARA topic that requires publicizing. FGI quotes a post at .govwatch , citing a NARA memo (NWM 13.2008) which states, in part: The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) preserved a one-time snapshot of agency public web sites as they existed on or before January 20, 2001, as an archival record in the National Archives of the United States.
As regular readers know, I used to work at the National Archives. Since starting this blog, I’ve avoided writing much about NARA because I worried that if was too critical people would think I was trying to get back at someone for something, or that if was too supportive people would think I was just a shill for my old employer. But I read a post a few days ago called “ The NARA/TGN contract as a bad precedent ” on a blog I admire, Free Government Information, and I felt I needed to write a response. The authors at FGI are advocates for, clearly, free government information.