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How to apply eArchiving to the Spanish e-government and electronic archive model


On 4 April 2019, experts from the European Commission and national and regional archives from Spain, Norway and Sweden presented the value of sustainable, authentic, cost-efficient, manageable and interoperable electronic archiving (eArchiving) in Madrid, Spain.

The event welcomed participants from universities, archives and public administration, all eager to understand how to further develop the Spanish e-government and electronic archive model.

The event also included detailed presentations on the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) eArchiving Building Block, as well as the other Building Blocks supported by the Commission.

Severiano Hernández, Javier Hernández, Gerardo Bustos, and Juan Cantador  
Moderator: Carlota Bustelo. E-ARK4ALL Project

A growing number of institutions is already tackling the issue of digital legacy – how to make sure that crucial digital information gathered into ancient systems remains available through modern technologies, hardware and software components. The most usual solution is data migration - old data is exported from the initial system, reformatted if needed, and imported into the new platform. While manageable on a smaller scale, the growing number of information systems and the amount of data makes migration increasingly complex and costly. In the worst case, data migration can also lead to the loss of portions of the data or its context, seriously affecting the delivery of services for a business, loss of accountability or incorrect decisions. 

eArchiving aims to lower the cost of long-term availability by offering: 

  • Open and platform independent specifications for creating time resistant packages of crucial data and metadata; 
  • Open-source software components to demonstrate how data can be exported, preserved and reused according to the specifications; 
  • Standardised guidance and training on issues around long-term data management and digital archiving;
  • A central community for digital archiving discussions.

The CEF eArchiving Building Block provides the core specifications, software, training and knowledge to help data creators, software developers and digital archives tackle the challenge of short, medium and long-term data management and reuse in a sustainable, authentic, cost-efficient, manageable and interoperable way.

Interested in enjoying the benefits of eArchiving in your organisation?

Last updated on  Jul 31, 2019 11:33

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