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Subject: Re: Web Page Retention
From: Chris Gorey <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Records Management Program <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Thu, 23 Oct 2003 13:46:09 -0400

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Hi everyone.

I am Chris Gorey, Electronic Records Coordinator for the Library of
Virginia, and am relatively new to the listserv. I have been monitoring
traffic (lurking) on this listserv for about a month now.  I just wanted
to say that I too am interested in any material or experience people may
have in the area of Web Page Retention and/or archiving.  Here in VA we
are dealing with pretty much the same scenario that Mark mentions in KY.
One of the projects that I am working on is to try and develop a
standardized process for the annual archive of our gubernatorial
websites.  Thanks in advance for any help, and I do enjoy being a
subscriber to this group.

Christopher Gorey
Electronic Records Coordinator
Library of Virginia
800 East Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23219-8000
(804) 692-3607 office
(804) 692-3603 fax
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-----Original Message-----
From: Mark Myers [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Thursday, October 23, 2003 1:23 PM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: Web Page Retention


We are looking at this in KY government.  We are
electing a new governor Nov. 4 and are looking at a
change in administrations no matter who is elected.
The out-going governor is the first in KY to serve 2
consecutive terms (there was one who served 2
non-consecutive terms) and the first to really have
any kind of meaningful web presence.  We will also be
looking at major overhaul of the cabinet even if the
same party retains the office.  Like you said, we have
scheduled the records on websites and are developing
guidelines to assist agencies in capturing their
web-based records, but we are investigating trying to
capture some web pages for the historical record.

We have been trying to capture the Governor's website
ourselves using capture tools such as "Web Whacker"
and some others.  We are also considering something
like the federal government attempted when the Clinton
administration left office - trying to get a snapshot
of the "look and feel" of state government (at the
least the Cabinet agencies) at the time of transition.

I really can't provide any more than to say that we
are looking into this issue also, and would appreciate
anything anyone else had to offer.

Mark J. Myers
Electronic Records Specialist
Public Records Division
Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives
300 Coffee Tree Road P.O. Box 537
Frankfort KY 40602-0537
Phone:  502-564-8300 Ext.244
E-mail:  [log in to unmask]

--- "Gervais, John" <[log in to unmask]>
> I know I mentioned this previously, but I didn't
> receive to many nibbles.
> 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 pages".
> 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
> ' 1-613-957-6621
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