Creating Records At Home, Part III: Various Devices (The Texas Record)

The Texas Record: Creating Records At Home, Part III: Various Devices. “Previously, we discussed Creating Records at Home, Part I: Microsoft Teams and Part 2: Zoom. In this article, we’re going to discuss the hypothetical situation of a records manager’s worst nightmare come true: employees creating records outside of the office’s network. A best practice for efficient managers is to analyze hypothetical risk to know how to prevent and address the risk if it were to ever occur.”

Remarkable Records: A New Blog Series! (The Texas Records)

The Texas Record: Remarkable Records: A New Blog Series!. “In the course of our work, we’ve become intimately familiar with the retention schedules for state agencies, public universities, and local governments. Our team keeps detailed lists of record series that need improvement and there are rarely times when we don’t have one of the schedules on the revisions chopping block. Some of us have adopted favorite records series, such as well-written descriptions or retention periods that support efficient workflows, but there are also some that are stinkers. So, we want to share some of the records series we like (or dislike) and why.”

Nuclear Engineering International: Keeping a Record

Nuclear Engineering International: Keeping a record . “ARCHIVING FOR NUCLEAR DECOMMISSIONING: Challenges and Collaborations, hosted in December, examined the issues of building, managing, and opening an archive related to nuclear energy. The event was hosted by Archives Portal Europe and organised by the Research Center for Cooperative Civil Societies at Rikkyo University in Japan, in collaboration with the Energy Archives Network (Eogan), the UK Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA), which shared a case study on Nucleus, its historical archive in Caithness, Scotland, and the Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC), a non-profit membership organisation that seeks to secure the preservation of digital resources.”

Phys .org: A quarter of known bee species haven’t appeared in public records since the 1990s

Phys .org: A quarter of known bee species haven’t appeared in public records since the 1990s. “Researchers at the Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (CONICET) in Argentina have found that, since the 1990s, up to 25% of reported bee species are no longer being reported in global records, despite a large increase in the number of records available. While this does not mean that these species are all extinct, it might indicate that these species have become rare enough that no one is observing them in nature.”

AltGov2: FBI Wants to Destroy 9,000+ RICO Files

AltGov2: FBI Wants to Destroy 9,000+ RICO Files. “The FBI wants to pulp small files about its RICO investigations from 1970-1991. Larger files (those containing more than one section or 30+ registered documents) will be kept permanently. However, files with only one section and less than 30 registered documents will be destroyed 25 years after the case has been closed. Since these cases date from 27 to 48 years ago, the files would be eligible for destruction as soon as FBI’s proposal gets final approval. The National Archives (NARA) estimates that under this proposal, 29% of the RICO files from that period would be kept permanently. Thus, 71% would be destroyed. Out of a total of 12,971 files, that means around 9,210 will go into the shredder. These documents have not been scanned, so they don’t exist in digital form. Once they’re pulped, they’re gone.”

The Daily Beast: CIA Plans to Destroy Some of Its Old Leak Files

The Daily Beast: CIA Plans to Destroy Some of Its Old Leak Files. “The CIA is scheduled to begin destroying old records related to leaks of classified information in August unless critics convince the National Archives to scuttle the plan. The National Archives and Records Administration tentatively approved a CIA proposal to get rid of several types of records after 30 years. Along with leak-tied files, the record types include medical records, behavioral conduct files, security clearance information, personality files with counterintelligence interests, workers-compensation reports for employees posted overseas, and declassification and referral files.”

State Archives of NC Tutorial on Scanning Local Records

The state archives of North Carolina has a tutorial on scanning local records. “We have written on this blog several times about scanning government records. There was a detailed explanation of how to determine whether scanning is an appropriate document management solution. There have been several overviews of scanning operations for local governments, most recently in response to the question, If our county has a public record on paper and we scan it, do we have to keep the paper version of the record? Now we can also offer you an online tutorial that walks you through the planning process for a digital imaging project and also explains what it means for you regarding handling public records.”