Paperless office?

Article dated: 8 October 2008

Building on the foundations of the Digital Archive Regional Pilot (DARP) report, published in 2006, a follow-up report (DARP2) has now been published. UKDA was a lead partner in the first DARP project, which looked at the feasibility of local authorities outsourcing their digital preservation needs to a regional repository, such as the UKDA. The groundbreaking report clarified the business models which could apply to such an arrangement and a by-product was the development of a terminology for the processes involved which could be understood by the UKDA and by the local authorities involved.

In 2007, one of the sponsors of the DARP project, the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA) East of England, commissioned DARP2, to look at digital materials which county archive services are already starting to receive on deposit from smaller organisations, such as schools and parish councils. The research, which was carried out by Bedfordshire and Luton Archives and Local Studies, looked at the hardware and software being used, back-up arrangements and filing systems. One of the main findings was that although all the organisations’ records are now born-digital, none of the organisations has yet abandoned paper as the digital preservation medium of choice.