The United States National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) has issued a new Strategic Plan FY 2018-FY 2022 that reflects NARA's ongoing commitment to support the transition to electronic record keeping, increased access and a fully digital government. The plan provides federal agencies with a deadline: "By December 31, 2022, NARA will, to the fullest extent possible, no longer accept transfers of permanent or temporary records in analog formats and will accept records only in electronic format and with appropriate metadata." It is likely that Agencies will digitize large volumes of paper records to meet this goal. This paper presents NARA's Records Management Policy and Standard's Team's draft guidance on digitizing records. The paper discusses the evolution of NARA's 2004 digital imaging for access guidelines into the current 2016 FADGI guidelines, and discusses some of the unique issues applying these guidelines in a records management context to comply with NARA's Strategic Plan.
Michael Horsley, Kevin L. DeVorsey, "Developing Guidelines for Digitization of US Federal Government Records" in Proc. IS&T Archiving 2018, 2018, pp 33 - 36, https://doi.org/10.2352/issn.2168-3204.2018.1.0.8