Federal Records Management

AC 05. 2020

Date: October 19, 2020

MEMORANDUM TO FEDERAL AGENCY CONTACTS: New Cognitive Technologies White Paper

I am pleased to announce the issuance of a new NARA white paper -- Cognitive Technologies: Records Management Implications for Internet of Things, Robotic Process Automation, Machine Learning, and Artificial Intelligence. 

This white paper provides a basic description of each of these technologies, examples of their various applications, and enabling factors supporting the technologies. It also describes the implications for society and culture by focusing on bias and ethics within the field of artificial intelligence. As our office researched these technologies, we also considered the records management implications. The white paper contains our analysis of cognitive technologies’ potential impact on records and data management; policies and standards; and records creation, appraisal, scheduling, and transfer. 

If you have any questions about the white paper and this research, please email us at rmstandards@nara.gov.

Chief Records Officer
for the U.S. Government