"Keith Martin" < email@example.com > wrote:
whilst I agree with the sentiments of preserving electronic information,There are also serious problems of storage of paper - space, envioronment,
the quality of the paper etc, the documentataion.
Of course, the amount of information expands exponentially with computers -
just think of the amount of output that computers generate - so much for the
But see the UK National Archive website about standards for storage of
The fact is that there are problems with the storage of records - both paper
Organisations need to have constant review on their record storage. There is
going to be a problem if records are kept for ever without any review of the
necessity for their retention.
I recently heard of a hospital where the employment records were kept in a
basement which was flooded and there were rats, and so they had to throw out
the records because they were a health danger.
Any serious organisation in the UK has to have a Records Management Policy.
The aspect of proper method of storage will be considered in such a policy.
Long-term storage will be in an Archive. They will have rules about method
I do know that electronic computer tapes which were archived used to be
recopied every year in case there was any loss of quality in the data
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