IRMS 2013 – Brighton – Thanks

Thanks to all those who made IRMS 2013 such a great event, to those who dropped by the stand and everyone who participated in our survey.

Reading the survey responses I was really struck by the diversity of retention schedules being managed and the challenge of archival records in operational systems.

  • Clearly there is no one size fits all for keeping records. The range of record retention policies can be very varied according to the record type/​retention schedule: 7, 14 & 25+ years to for example 100 years for Child Protection Records.
  • I was also interested to discover that many RMs are keeping archival records in the existing RM/​content system and are not handed to a specialist archiving function. For a significant minority this created difficulties for their existing operational systems.

Tessella will be holding a free webinar to discuss digital preservation in local government and the G‑Cloud revolution. This could well be worth investing an hour of your time on as it addresses the challenges of keeping access to information for the long term — with the bonus of a low cost entry into a world leading Digital Preservation solution visit http://​bit​.ly/​11​teBRS to find out more and to register.

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Julian Fowler

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