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Subject: Re: Web Page Retention
From: Bernard Chester <[log in to unmask]>
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Date:Thu, 23 Oct 2003 08:20:29 -0700

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I have always advised clients to archive a picture of their websites
every time there is a change.  This will be insurance against possible
future claims.  Often only a subsection needs to be recorded.  Of
course, they also need to implement and audit a process to ensure that
the web records are complete and accurate.

The tool I like is the web capture feature in Acrobat.  It can descend
the tree and maintains the links.

The retention should be based upon the related business schedule.  For
example, if it is a business transaction, then the related schedules
apply.  Brochures and product claims follow from the schedule used for
paper versions.  Disclaimers as to accuracy on the web site are needed
just like they are on other documents.

Bernard Chester , CDIA, ICP
IMERGE Consulting
"Expertise in controlling unstructured information"
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Pacific Northwest Office
7683 SE 27 Street, #316
Mercer Island, WA  98040
office: 206-230-9253 / mobile: 206-979-7389

-----Original Message-----
From: Records Management Program [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On
Behalf Of Gervais, John
Sent: Thursday, October 23, 2003 7:34 AM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Web Page Retention

I know I mentioned this previously, but I didn't receive to many

I researched our retention authorities and it appears that web pages
aren't categorized for retention.  I know that the "content" of the
pages is captured in the R&D schedules/authorities, but would we not
want to capture a "snapshot" of the web page?  What if someone were to
say they made a business decision based on information we provided on
our website and all went wrong and subsequently took legal action?
Wouldn't it be nice to go back and look at the page to ensure that we
did indeed provide correct information? or What if there were electronic
snafu's and we lost information, wouldn't it be nice to be able to go
back and obtain the original information from the page and recreate it?

I would appreciate your insight and feedback on this issue and if  "you"
actually have retention periods for the actual web page itself.  If we
are respecting our IM Policy, which is all about managing the life cycle
of information, would we not want to include the capturing of "web

Thank you.  It is 2 degrees Celsius here brrrrrr!

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

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