Russian Rim of Records Management

February 27, 2012

NARA’s crowdsourcing project

Filed under: National Archives, Records management — Tags: , — Dr Natasha Khramtsovsky @ 10:31 am

Recently NARA has opened “Managing Government Records” portal (see http://blogs.archives.gov/records-express/?p=1579 ). The goal of this crowdsourcing project is “public information gathering related to the Presidential Memorandum on Managing Government Records”.

Two things are IMHO worth noting.

The first one is cultural. When people don’t know how to solve a problem, the Russians will create a committee or two, while Americans will appoint a C-level official. Now wonder the first idea was to mandate a post of Chief Records Office (CRO) for the federal agencies :)

The second issues concerns general management of crowdsourcing projects. If NARA really wants to get some useful ideas and discussions, it should personally invite leading records & information management, IT, legal etc. professionals to participate.

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