Ken Thibodeau of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) will be the speaker at a meeting about NARA’s Electronic Records Archive.  Dr. Thibodeau is the Program Manager for NARA’s Electronic Records Archive program.

NARA’s vision is to create a system that will authentically preserve and provide access to any kind of electronic record, free from dependency on any specific hardware or software, enabling NARA to carry out its mission into the future.

The ERA project was launched in 1998. The first three years were spent essentially doing research in order to understand the problems better and to see what might be possible. The research activities involved collaborative with other Federal Government agencies, state governments, computer scientists, other national archives, academia, and private industry. One of these collaborations was in the development of the Open Archival Information Standard (OAIS).  In August 2004, NARA announced the award of two contracts for the development of ERA to Lockheed Martin, Transportation and Security Solutions Division and Harris Corporation, Government Communications Systems Division.

The award of these contracts heralded the shift in the ERA focus to the system analysis and design phase.  These design contracts are valued at $20.1 million. At the end of the one-year design competition, the National Archives will select one of these two contractors to build the Electronic Records Archives, a revolutionary system that will capture electronic information, regardless of its format, save it permanently, and make it accessible on whatever hardware or software is currently in use.

This is a joint meeting organized by the National Capitol Chapter of AIIM (Association for Information and Image Management) and the ARMA (Association of Information Management Professionals) chapters of Northern Virginia, Washington DC, and Gaithersburg MD. It will be held in the Key Bridge Marriott. Cocktails are at 5:30, dinner at 6:30, and the presentation starts at 7:15. Cost: $30 for AIIM or ARMA members, $40 for others. Registration is REQUIRED no later than 9:00 PM on January 11th. Register here.