Yesterday March 22nd was a busy day in the news. Lots of interesting items.
(Remember some of the urls are long and you may have to do some cut and
"Live Free or Die" with a motto like that you can imagine that access to
government records in New Hampshire is important.
Foster's Daily Democrat (Dover, NH) 3/21/00
Information packets should be limited to town officials, says Durham
Foster's Daily Democrat (Dover, NH) 3/22/00
Durham administrator rescinds restrictive press information policy
The proposed ISO 15489 records management standard says that a record should
have the following characteristics "authenticity, reliability, integrity,
useability, accuracy, adequacy and completeness." With that locked firmly in
your mind the following story about record tampering will be of interest.
(Be aware this is one long url)
Associated Press 3/22/00
DOE investigating allegations of dosimetry tampering
The proposed standard also provides guidance on access and retrieval.
"Organizations should have formal guidelines regulating who is permitted
access to records and in what circumstances. Records may contain personal,
commercial or operationally sensitive information." With that in mind the
following stories all deal with this sensitivity of recorded information.
The Oregonian 3/22/00
Oregon adoptees and birth parents await open adoption records
Denver Post (CO) 3/22/00
Lawmakers back secrecy for gun carriers
(the above url may or may not be working, did last night)
Los Angeles Times 3/22/00
Pentagon faces legal trouble for release of details on Tripp
Probably the biggest headache in the records and information management
field is electronic records. Folks it's not going to get any easier even
thought there are people trying to make it easier. And of course someone is
always proclaiming the advent of the paperless office (haven't I heard that
before or is there an echo running about)
Information Week 3/20/00
IBM software puts controls on out-of-control data
Content Manager aids companies struggling to track digital documents and
Times of India 3/23/00
Smart cards click milk business
Denver Post (CO) 3/19/00
Interest in 'extranets'
(may or may not be working, keep trying)
But then again in some places paper records still rule and the manner in
which is presented is important. I think that the legal records managers
will find the following item of extreme interest and the archival crowd will
have a guideline for what constitutes "original order" (respet d'fonds) in
Times of London 3/22/00
Lodging bundles of papers in family court
Stories about records revealed.
You gotta love England's Public Records Act. Why? Well every so often a
story appears in the press about some records which can now be read by the
great unwashed. These records usually have a 30, 40 or 50 year seal on them.
Boston Globe (MA) 3/22/00
Unsealed records show Britain mistrusted Russians in Berlin
The Sing Sing in this posting's subject line does not refer to Benny
Goodman's great jazz tune (love the Carnegie Hall version), but rather to
the prison located in upstate New York that housed the death chamber.
Law News Network 3/21/00
Secret files of Sing Sing released
The Village Voice
The Executioner's Secrets
Finally (we're almost there) reconstruction is not a term lightly used in
parts of America. However many genealogists (and archivists) will be
interested in the following reconstruction story.
Deseret News (Utah) 3/22/00
Substitute 1890 Census slowly emerging in 2000
Ancestry.com tracking down data to replace records burned in fire
Fortunately the town of Delafield won' have any reconstruction to do.
Milwaujee Journal Sentinel 3/21/00
Fire does minor damage to Delafield Town Hall
Side entrance is charred, but all records are spared.
But then Seattle or rather King County decides that transportation is more
important and breaks up a collection. Hope they don't have to reconstruct
Seattle Post-Intelligencer 3/22/00
Budget forces county to give up technical library
Ok, Ok this is it the final one. Here is an update on the situation in
Pittsburgh, PA with the Frick Archives
Pittsburgh Post Gazette 3/21/00
Fisher seeks to keep Frick archives in state
Peter A. Kurilecz CRM, CA
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