Missing war documents found in Australia

November 20th, 2012 | Posted by Kevin Corley in Information Management

When companies misplace data for an extended period of time, the results can be disastrous. For example, if financial reports are among the files to go missing, the business may be adversely affected during tax season, potentially facing fines and other punishments. When firms rely on paper documents, they run the risk of destroying or misplacing records, as opposed to storing them on computers using conversion services.

Many historical interest groups move their files to online servers not only to share the information with those who want to access the data remotely, but to ensure the protection of such records should the primary document be destroyed. Australia's Beaton Institute might be interested in this strategy to ensure that people have access to interesting World War II memorabilia that was recently rediscovered.

The Chronicle Herald reported that files, pictures and magazines from the war were recovered after having been missing for the past 25 years. Friends and veterans Sharkey MacDonald and Joe McIntyre donated the memorabilia, but McIntyre's collection couldn't be found. 

The newspaper reported that both men's documents had been mistakenly filed under MacDonald's name, though no reason for the misfiling was given.

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