Digital Records Lost in Guam

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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.

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About islandculturearchivalsupport

Island Culture Archival Support (ICAS) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of records pertaining to the cultural identity of island peoples in Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia whose national and public archives, libraries, cultural centers, and business organizations are underprivileged, underfunded, and understaffed. The specific purpose for which this nonprofit corporation was formed is to support the needs of these South Pacific cultural heritage institutions by helping to preserve and make accessible records created for business, accountability or cultural purposes. The organization will endeavor to add value by providing resources or volunteers to advise, train, and work among island residents to support their efforts in building their future and preserving their collective memory through the use of modern archival techniques.
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