NARA and NTIS Sign Major Agreement To Preserve Digital Scientific Records
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Press Release
November 30, 2010

National Archives And Records Administration And National Technical Information Service Sign Major Agreement To Preserve Digital Scientific Records

Washington, DC…The National Archives and Records Administration and the National Technical Information Service (NTIS) have entered into an agreement ensuring long-term preservation and access to the NTIS collection of authenticated and secured digital scientific, technical, and engineering information (STEI). The results of this agreement will have a positive impact on the public, academia, corporations and federal, state, and local government agencies.

The Director of NTIS, Bruce Borzino, states: “This new relationship with the National Archives strengthens the benefit of federal agency compliance with The American Technology Preeminence Act when transferring their agency STEI content to NTIS for dissemination to the private sector, academia, state and local governments, and federal agencies. Under this new agreement with the National Archives, agency transfers of digital STEI to NTIS will be regarded the same as if the agency transferred its permanent digital STEI records to the National Archives.”

The goals of the agreement are to:

  • Focus on a total electronic solution to the collection, distribution, long-term access, preservation, and other archival processes of this important federal information for the benefit of the public and the federal government;
  • Invest in format and media conversion solutions to increase the availability of significant scientific and tangible historical content in the long term; and
  • Create, through a collaborative effort, a joint dissemination and long-term archival environment that support the future development of the NTIS e-science collection and NARA’s Electronic Records Archives (ERA) system.

The National Archives will work in partnership with NTIS to encourage and promote agency transfers of digital STEI materials to NTIS as successful fulfillment of an agency obligation to transfer permanently valuable digital STEI records to NARA. Currently, the NTIS collection consists of more than two terabytes of scientific, technical, and engineering information. Access to STEI records will be provided by NTIS. The National Archives will maintain a “dark archives” back up copy of all the STEI records, and assume legal custody of the records when they become 40 years old.

Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero, states: “ This opportunity for the National Archives and NTIS to innovate and collaborate in the stewardship, access, and long-term archival