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Scope:       Ingest from government agencies

Estonia Tallinn

The process of moving information from government agency record management systems to national archives where it can be sustained and made accessible can broadly be divided into 4 phases:

Estonia National Archive

    (1) Selection

    (2) Extraction

    (3) Transfer

    (4) Acceptance

 

Usually this is information which needs to be retained for an indefinite amount of time and is relevant to both the agency that created it and to the nation as a whole. Each country must follow similar pathways yet many vary, resulting in no common approach or methodology.

The movement of material of archival value and the related metadata is being tested in this pilot by a series of tools which implement the E-ARK information packaging specifications.

It can be hard to persuade institutions to develop their own processes for doing this. By involving multiple partners and stakeholders in E-ARK, it is hoped that a universally available standard process can be created and that individual agencies and archives will no longer need to find bespoke, customised solutions.

Furthermore, it is hope that these specifications developed by E-ARK will be accepted by large technology companies and this standard will be incorporated and implemented in their operating platforms.

 

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