Most of the information now created in the University is ‘born digital’. Staff create documents in file formats that have much shorter life spans than paper. We need to mitigate the risk that these files become unreadable.
Buying an EDRMS is a huge cost for an organisation in terms of licences, implementation and training. Is there a way that electronic records can be effectively managed and preserved without this cost?
We thought: “Can we use our existing infrastructure, with some open source tools, to build a practical, cost-effective solution to the long-term management of our key electronic records?”
This project will build a test environment for converting files into preservable formats. Will they be fit-for-purpose as university records?
The aim of the project is to identify the opportunities and challenges to this approach to electronic records management. Is it a viable alternative? Is it practical for records managers?
Aside from commercial EDRMS being expensive, I also have not yet found a single out-of-the-box option that really does digital preservation to archival standards. The one my employer is currently throwing hundreds of thousands of dollars after is still a black box archive and seems to be archiving to proprietary standards instead of open standards.
I hope your project moves quickly along so I can start working on my employer (a municipal government that happens to be particularly anti-open source) before it’s too late.