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Bush’s Exit to Put National Archives to Test

November 26, 2008

IT Business Edge, November 21, 2008

Once President-elect Barack Obama takes office, the National Archives will be tasked with preserving all the records from the previous administration. According to Computerworld, that amounts to 140 terabytes of data, with roughly 20TB of that total in e-mail.

So who’s not happy? Not the director of the Archive’s Electronic Records Archives Program, Ken Thibodeau, who says that the Bush Administration “has been slow to provide information about the types and volume of data to be archived and only began to actively work with the Archive last summer.”

Due to the “whopper of a job” a new archiving system is being built to prevent this from happening again, and will be completed by 2011. In the meantime, the question remains: Can the National Archives handle the job by itself? We’ll have to wait and see.

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