6B.2 Lessons learned from the application of NOAA's “what to archive” process

Tuesday, 25 January 2011: 3:45 PM
607 (Washington State Convention Center)
Nancy Ritchey, NOAA/NESDIS/NCDC, Asheville, NC

The "NOAA Procedure for Scientific Records Appraisal and Archive Approval" was defined in August 2008 to support mandates and directives for records management from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and other government agencies. This NOAA-wide procedure provides a foundation to identify, appraise, and decide what scientific records are preserved in a NOAA Facility, and establishes a formally documented approval process.

The National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) implemented the procedure within our organization and applied it to multiple, diverse data types. Initial applications confirm the procedure's flexibility allowing expeditious decisions for well-documented and established records, as well as supporting complex requests requiring engagement of external record experts. With each successive use, a pattern of activities contributing to the cost, complexity, challenges and management of the process is emerging. Lessons learned from the application of NOAA's “What to Archive” process at NCDC will be presented.

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