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Subject: Re: Retention Periods Web
From: "Gervais, John" <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Records Management Program <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Fri, 10 Oct 2003 08:06:30 -0400

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It is an Intranet website internal to Agency employees (50,000).  Yes, you
are correct when you say I would like a snapshot and also yes for historical
reasons.  The challenge, as I see it, is that the information is found
elsewhere in the organization and thus already captured.  The information
already falls under our Multi-Year Disposition Plan (MYDP).  However, the
information is not captured in a format such as the web, which is unique.
When looking back it would be nice to see the evolution of the information
on the website, look at effective methodologies for communicating our
corporate information.  In other words, what is working and what is not etc.
For the purpose of retention/audit trail etc. I would be keen to know if
anyone is actually assigning a retention period to web pages.  Thanks Peter,
as always very insightful!  Cheers.

John A. Gervais
Program Manager
Policy and Communications Section
Strategic Planning and Communications Division
Information Management Directorate
Canada Customs and Revenue Agency
25 Nicolas Street, 16th Floor
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, K1A 0L5

' 1-613-957-6621

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-----Original Message-----
From: Peter Kurilecz [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: October 10, 2003 8:03 AM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: Retention Periods Web

In a message dated 10/10/2003 7:09:48 AM Eastern Daylight Time,
[log in to unmask] writes:

> I am curious to know if there are retention
> periods out there for web pages.  I do know that the retention period of
> information is based on the content or subject matter, as opposed to the
> medium, however web pages are kind of unique in that you would want to
> capture the image of the actual page.

Are these internal or external webpages? As you stated the one piece of the
retention puzzle is dependent upon the information or subject matters found
on the website. A second factor (and one that folks rarely take into
account) is the historical value of the site ie the site contains
information that is related to a variety of matters within an organization
almost like a newspaper. In addition websites are IMHO ephemeral in nature,
they are constantly changing that is information is added or deleted, the
design is changed, functionality changes and more. Finally how often do you
want to capture the website? At minor changes or major changes. do you want
to preserve its functionality (links, motion, etc) or do you want a snapshot
of how it looked at a given point in time ie a static view?

Peter A. Kurilecz CRM, CA
Richmond, Va
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