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Digital Documents

Volume 449: debated on Tuesday 25 July 2006

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what steps she is taking to ensure the long-term preservation of documents held in digital form. (88290)

The National Archives is working with the Government’s Chief Technical Officers (CTO) Council to address the problem of the survival of electronic records with a mid and long-term value across Government.

The National Archives has implemented a Digital Preservation Programme to ensure the long-term preservation of documents held in digital form. It has established

a Digital Archive facility, in which it preserves a wide range of electronic records transferred by Government departments;

a Web Archiving Programme to preserve government websites of long-term value;

the National Digital Archive of Datasets to preserve historically significant datasets created over the past thirty years.