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Scope: Ingest from government agencies

Estonia Tallinn

The process of moving information from government agency record management systems to national archives where it can be sustained and made accessible can broadly be divided into four phases:

Estonia National Archive

    (1) Selection

    (2) Extraction

    (3) Transfer

    (4) Acceptance

 

Usually, this is information which needs to be retained for an indefinite period of time and is relevant to both the agency that created it and to the nation as a whole. Each country must follow similar pathways yet naturally, there is much variation, which had led to a lack of a common approach or methodology.

The movement of material of archival value and the related metadata was tested in this pilot using a series of tools which implement the E-ARK information packaging specifications. It can be hard to persuade institutions to develop their own processes for doing this. By involving multiple partners and stakeholders in E-ARK, a universally available standard process has been created that means that individual agencies and archives will no longer need to find bespoke, customised solutions.

 

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