And you think YOU have record keeping problems!
Paul Bedard, writing in Washington Whispers, notes that the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration has to copy, sort, file, and organize a huge collection of presidential records, most of which are electronic.
Acting Archivist Adrienne Thomas reveals that the Clinton administration left two terabytes of data. The agency doesn't yet have a number for the George W. Bush administration as the staff is still collecting the information. However, it is obviously a lot more than two terabytes. It's taking nearly a year longer than planned to install all the Bush records into National Archive computers.
Now the archivists are already bracing for the even more high-tech Obama records, especially if the President serves two terms. Nobody will guess the size of the yet=to-be-written records, but the assumption is that this administration will leave behind more than 100 terabytes.
For the record, one petabyte equals 1 quadrillion bytes.