ERA Research and SLAC


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Presentation at Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC) 14 September 2007 concerning research collaborations between the Electronic Records Archives Research Program and the SLAC Archives and History Center

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  • ERA Research and SLAC

    1. 1. An Overview of the ERA Program and the Challenges of Electronic Records Mark Conrad Archives Specialist
    2. 2. Electronic Records NARA’s Challenges <ul><li>Scope The Entire Federal Government </li></ul><ul><li>Variety Different Types of Records </li></ul><ul><li>Complexity Records in Different Formats </li></ul><ul><li>Volume Enormous Numbers of Records </li></ul><ul><li>Obsolescence Constantly Changing Technology </li></ul>
    3. 3. <ul><li>Clinton Administration </li></ul><ul><ul><li>40 million email messages </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>State Department </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>25 million electronic diplomatic messages </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Department of Defense </li></ul><ul><ul><li>54 million images from electronic official military personnel files annually </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Census Bureau </li></ul><ul><ul><li>600 to 800 million image files (2000 census) </li></ul></ul>Electronic Records Are Arriving!
    4. 4. Anticipated Incoming Permanent Electronic Records Collections within the next 15 years 347 131 35.8 25.8 19.0 14.1 10.6 7.8 5.5 3.6 Projected Accumulated NARA Holdings in petabytes (1 PB = 1,024 TB) 2022 2018 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 Year
    5. 5. How NARA Responded The ERA Vision ERA will be a comprehensive, systematic, and dynamic means of preserving and providing continuing access to any type of electronic record free from dependence on any specific hardware or software, created anywhere in the Federal Government.
    6. 6. The ERA System Goals <ul><li>Overcome technological obsolescence in a manner that preserves demonstrably authentic records </li></ul><ul><li>Build a dynamic solution that: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Accepts that changes will happen </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>incorporates continuing change in IT </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Takes advantage of new technologies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Maintains and improves performance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Improves customer service </li></ul></ul>
    7. 7. Why ERA Research? <ul><li>Archival Moonshot </li></ul><ul><li>Red-tailed Hawks </li></ul><ul><li>The Wizards </li></ul>
    8. 8. The Archival Moonshot <ul><li>Unprecedented Challenges </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Technology Does Not Currently Exist </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Complexity &Volume Will Continue to Grow </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Unprecedented Resources </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Recognized GOVERNMENTAL Challenges </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>White House Coordinated Research Activity </li></ul></ul>
    9. 9. National Coordination Office for Networking Information Technology Research and Development (NCO/NITRD)
    10. 10. FY 2008 NITRD Supplement to the President's Budget <ul><li>Has Not Yet Been Released </li></ul><ul><li>Budget Overview Released </li></ul>
    11. 11. FY 2008 NITRD Budget Overview: Some Highlights <ul><li>“ Notable NITRD Program highlights of the past year include the addition of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) as new member agencies.” </li></ul>
    12. 12. FY 2008 NITRD Budget Overview: Some Highlights <ul><li>Human-Computer Interaction and Information Management Needs Include: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Long-Term Management and Preservation of Complex Collections </li></ul></ul>
    13. 13. FY 2007 NITRD Supplement to the President's Budget See
    14. 14. FY 2007 NITRD Supplement to the President's Budget: Some Highlights <ul><li>Human-Computer Interaction and Information Management Needs Include: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Next-generation methods, tools, and technologies to make it possible to access, integrate, analyze, and efficiently manage massive stores of widely distributed, heterogeneous information (e.g., science and engineering research data, Federal records ) </li></ul></ul>
    15. 15. FY 2007 NITRD Supplement to the President's Budget Some Highlights <ul><li>Human-Computer Interaction and Information Management Needs Include: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Federal information management architecture testbeds: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>To evaluate issues in petascale collections of information governed by differing requirements (e.g., national security, personal privacy) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Long-term preservation: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Maintenance of and access to long-lived science and engineering data collections and Federal records </li></ul></ul></ul>
    16. 16. The Red-tailed Hawks <ul><li>Identify Potential in New Technologies </li></ul><ul><li>Promote Knowledge & Technology Transfer from Research Projects </li></ul><ul><li>Bring Together Partners with Diverse Domain Expertise </li></ul><ul><li>Leverage Other Research </li></ul>
    17. 17. The Wizards <ul><li>Unprecedented Collaborations </li></ul><ul><li>World-Class Expertise in Multiple Domains </li></ul><ul><li>Recognized World-Class Challenges </li></ul>
    18. 18. Some of Our Research Partners San Diego Supercomputer Center NIST … and many other Federal Agencies and their Records Officers National Science Foundation Global Grid Forum National Computational Science Alliance Army Research Laboratory National Agricultural Library
    19. 19. Your Contact in the ERA Program Management Office Mark Conrad [email_address] ERA Communications (301) 837-0740 [email_address] The ERA Website is