Yesterday, I came across an interesting article about how the government office that keeps Guam’s birth, death and marriage certificates lost thousands of those records when its electronic database broke down a few weeks ago. Currently, staff are manually entering information into the database, using an estimated 3,000 hard copies of the computer records that were lost.
Thank God the hard copies were kept and not thrown out after they were initially digitized. Because of this, Leo Casil, Deputy Director of the Department of Public Health and Social Services, states, “We’re confident we’ll be able to retrieve the lost records.”
This event just shows you how fragile digital records can be and how easily they can become lost. Click here to read the full article.