Sample: municipalities have problems with archive storage on floppy disks




Municipalities according to the results of a sample problems with their archives, because in the past data stored on include CD-ROMs, floppy disks and tapes. As a result, information is not searchable or even completely disappeared.

Half of the municipalities in the sample having trouble with the archive by means of storage used in the past, writes Provincial Government. Among the surveyed municipalities may include cities such as Rotterdam, Breda, Eindhoven and Utrecht. There are a total of 390 municipalities, making the sample has a significant margin of error and the group surveyed municipalities is not representative of all municipalities.

The problems are in hardware and software. So communes that some information is stored on CD-ROMs, floppy disks of 3.5 “and 5.25” and tape recorders. Those tapes have also proved susceptible according to two surveyed municipalities bitrot , which information is no longer accessible. Ten other municipalities in the sample did not know whether they are dealing with bitrot. It also requires reading some information older versions of software, including old versions of Windows and software.

By stocking up on old hardware, information is not searchable, say local authorities. As a result, information is sometimes requested can not be found. Moreover, it is in some cases it is not possible to transfer the information on the newer forms of storage, so that the data will be lost in the long run. The Public Records Act requires that government information need not be destroyed, permanently stored in an archive.


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