Last week, I wrote that Paul Brachfeld, NARA’s inspector general, claimed that the National Archives and Records Administration’s e-archive solution is fundamentally flawed because it was not designed to be fully text-searchable. The article is available at http://goo.gl/GZiBa.
This week, top officials at the agency are defending the recently-deployed $430 million Electronic Records Archive against Brachfeld's criticisms. While NARA officials concede that only a small portion of the e-archive currently is text-searchable, that portion will continue to grow and “huge amounts” of material will be text-searchable in the next 10 years, according to an unnamed agency official.
NARA officials responding to the complaint have suggested that there might be some misunderstandings of how the ERA was conceived and what it is supposed to do.
You can read more in an article by Alice Lipowicz in the Federal Computer Week web site at http://goo.gl/uRJ96.
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