Many government leaders like to take advantage of the latest technology available to make their jobs easier. Allowing documents to be preserved online using electronic information management systems can ensure that consumers have access to public data, records are protected and offices remain organized.
As such, a number of leaders are calling for increased digitization efforts. For example, according to Sippican VillageSoup, Mattapoisett, Massachusetts' Town Clerk, Barbara Sullivan, is touting the benefits of storing documents' information online and preserving the primary source. Sullivan's office has been taking part in a digitization initiative, which has already moved half of the town's historic records online.
The project was begun partly because documents were being stored in the Town Hall, and if a fire were to break out, all of the information would have been lost, the news provider noted.
Sullivan is not the only administrator to pursue this strategy – President Barack Obama also released a mandate calling for all government agencies to migrate their records to a computer format. According to ComputerWorld, Obama began making the push to digitize federal records in November 2011.
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