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In February 2014, the National Archives started its participation in the joint project of E-ARK (European Archival Records and Knowledge Preservation), funded by the European Commission and addressed to the problem of archiving digital data.

E-ARK will benefit public administrations, public agencies, public services, citizens and business by providing easy and efficient access to the archived records. The project will examine current best practices to create a pilot archiving service to keep records authentic and usable. It will address the three main endeavours of an archive – acquiring, preserving and enabling re-use of information.

The project of E-ARK will spend three years creating a standard archival process at a pan-European level supported by guidelines and recommended practices that will cater for a range of data from different types of source including record management systems and databases. More information from the University of Portsmouth press release.