National Historical Publications & Records Commission

Funded Electronic Records Projects

This is a list of the Electronic Records Projects funded in the past 10 years.
(Each award is identified in parentheses by the grant number and fiscal year of the award.)

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View the most recent Electronic Records Projects:

  • Hawaii State Archives, Honolulu, HI:  A grant of $72,500 to support a planning project for establishing a digital state archives. (RE10030-10)

  • Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI:   A grant of $251,079 to support a project to accession, preserve, and provide access to a significant portion of the University’s permanently valuable records that are created and maintained in electronic form. (RE10025-10)

  • Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA:   A grant of $69,500 to support a college archives and special collections electronic records start-up project. (RE10026-10)

  • Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Houston, TX:   A grant of $47,820 to support a planning project for archiving its electronic records. (RE10029-10)

  • Tufts University, Medford, MA:   A grant of $149,974 to support the development of an open-source Accessioning Program for Electronic Records in connection with FEDORA. The program will allow records creator to create a submission package to accompany electronic records. The electronic records archivist will then use this data to describe the electronic records and to ensure their authenticity. (RE10005-08)

  • The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD:   A grant of $50,000 to support an assessment of the viability for an Electronic Records Management Consortium for the four major Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. (RE10014-08)

  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill:   A grant of $257,800 to support the School of Information and Library Science and the Renaissance Computing Institute in the development of a Distributed Archival Custodial Preservation Environments for electronic records (www.dcape.org). DCAPE will develop a cost-model for providing preservation services for electronic records by developing the iRODS (integrate Rule-Oriented Data System) www.irods.org to meet the needs of state archives and other repositories. (RE10010-08)

  • Emory University, Atlanta, GA:   A grant of $300,337 to support MetaArchive: A Sustainable Digital Preservation Service for Cultural and Historical Records. The MetaArchive staff will develop a cost-model for providing a variety of preservation services for electronic records based primarily on LOCKSS model. (RE10002-08)

  • Northern Maine Development Commission, Caribou, ME:   A grant of $32,200 to support preserving electronic records in Northern Maine. The Commission will provide workshops to local government employees in this rural region on best practices in electronic records preservation. The workshops will acknowledge the limited infrastructure that supports these governments while suggesting practical approaches. (RE05698-08)

  • North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, Raleigh, NC:   A grant of $102,248 to support a two-year effort, the Preservation of Electronic Mail Collaboration Initiative. The North Carolina State Archives, the Kentucky Department of Library and Archives, and the Pennsylvania State Archives are working in collaboration to test the e-mail preservation software in real time on a larger scale. They have identified high level offices that produce archival correspondence and have high public interest within each participating state e.g. a constitutional office such as the Governor or the Secretary of State within each state. This partnership involves working with content producers, information technology support staff, records analysts, and employees in the agencies. (RE05701-07)

  • Michigan State University, Lansing, MI:   A grant of $189,067 to support a two-year project for the preservation of specialized electronic mailing list archives. The project seeks to advance the state of electronic mail archiving by assessing and improving the digital preservation, management, and access functions of H-Net's archiveof one million plus electronic mailing list records housed at Michigan State University. (RE05699-07)

  • California State Archives:   A grant of $220,918 to develop the hardware and software infrastructure to preserve the state's geospatial records created by the California Spatial Information Library. (2006-21)

  • Georgia Archives:   Preserving Georgia's Historical Data:   An eighteen month grant of $187,581, to the Georgia Archives to implement a plan for the migration of data provided by the Board of Pardons and Paroles' Executive Clemency Online Application and Verification System (ECOAVS). The model envisioned by the archives will serve as the life cycle management application for the state. (2005-24)

  • The Research Foundation of SUNY:   Preserving Authentic Non-Textual and Interactive Records:   An eighteen month grant of $256,997, to support the concluding phase of the United States research team for the International Research on Permanent Authentic Records in Electronic Systems (InterPARES 2). (2005-031)

  • Secretary of State's Office:   Montana Electronic Records Project:   A twelve month grant to the Secretary of State's Office of the State of Montana of $30,005, to hire a consultant of survey the electronic records created by state agencies and develop a strategic plan for their creation, management, and preservation. (2005-001)

  • Minnesota Historical Society:   Preserving the Records of the E-Legislature.   A twenty-eight month grant of $264,887, to assist the Minnesota Historical Society with the development of a method for storing and providing access to an eXtensible Markup Language (XML)-based bill-drafting application for Minnesota's Legislature. The society will use grid technology developed by the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC). The project will speak directly to other state governments facing similar electronic records storage, access, preservation issues, and the shift from a paper-based bill-drafting system to an eXtensible Markup Language (XML)-based one. (2005-021)

  • The Regents of the University of California:   Persistent Archive Testbed.   A two-year grant of $242,500 on behalf of the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC), the Michigan Historical Center, the Minnesota Historical Society, the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives, and the Ohio Historical Society for a project entitled Persistent Archive Testbed, which will allow the participating archival institutions to test SDSC's data grid and persistent archives technologies using a variety of archival collections. (2004-008)

  • The Maine State Archives:   Maine GeoArchives  A sixteen month grant of $99,624 to the Maine State Archives to collaborate with other state agencies that are creating the Maine Library of Geographic Information (GeoLibrary) to develop the Maine GeoArchives. The GeoLibrary will store Geographic Information System (GIS) records of permanent value from both state and local agencies. (2004-084)

  • Tufts University, Medford, MA   A grant of $196,908 for the Fedora and the Preservation of University Records project, to test the capabilities of the FEDORA (Flexible Extensible Digital Object and Repository Architecture) software to serve as an electronic records preservation system at the Digital Collections and Archives of Tufts University and the Manuscripts and Archives section of the Yale University Library. (2004-083)

  • University of North Carolina:   Electronic Records Research Fellowship Program A conditional three-year grant of $284,500 to continue the NHPRC Archival Research Program to focus exclusively on electronic records research. (2004-020)

  • The Trustees of Columbia University:   A 17-month grant of $86,562 on behalf of the Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN) for a project to identify and disseminate practical policies, techniques, standards, and procedures to manage, preserve, and provide access to electronic records that have significant geospatial components, especially those generated by Geographic Information Systems. (2003-38)

  • Wyoming State Archives:   A one-year grant of $29,830 for a project to hire a consultant. The consultant will provide additional electronic records training for the Wyoming State Archives (WSA) staff and help the WSA develop a strategic plan for its electronic records program. (2003-35)

  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill:   A two-year grant of $174,530 to fund the second and third years of its Managing the Digital University Desktop project, the first year of which was funded in Fiscal Year 2002. (2003-14)

  • Missouri State Archives:   A two-year grant of $42,670 to hire electronic records consultants to develop and conduct two presentations and seven workshops on electronic records issues. One of the presentations and one or more of the workshops will specifically focus on the Trustworthy Information Systems manual developed by the Minnesota Historical Society. (2003-13)

  • University of California, San Diego:   A two-year grant of $195,023 on behalf of the San Diego Supercomputer Center and the University of California, Los Angeles, for a project to examine the issues involved in the long-term preservation of, and access to, electronic records that were changed over time by their creators. (2003-12)

  • Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs:   A 17-month grant of $43,889 to develop a strategic plan to establish an Electronic Records Committee to be administered by the State Archives and Records Bureau. The project team will specifically look at the Trustworthy Information Systems manual developed by the Minnesota Historical Society and the Electronic Records Management guidelines developed by the Kansas State Historical Society. (2003-10)

  • Georgia Division of Archives and History:   A 17-month grant of $40,625 on behalf of itself, Southern Polytechnic University (SPSU), the Board of Regents of the University of Georgia, the Society of Georgia Archivists, the Georgia Records Association, and the Georgia State Historical Records Advisory Board to bring in consultants to conduct a series of half-day training presentations on privacy/access issues and e-government, and to convene a working group to produce a white paper on this topic. (2003-09)

  • South Carolina Department of Archives and History:   A three-year grant of $162,315 for a project to move the Department's Electronic Records Program beyond basic policy guidance to direct involvement with state agencies in addressing electronic records management and preservation issues. The applicants will specifically look at the Trustworthy Information Systems manual developed by the Minnesota Historical Society and the Electronic Records Management guidelines developed by the Kansas State Historical Society to see if those approaches can be adapted for use in South Carolina. (2003-08)

  • The Research Foundation of the State University of New York, Albany, NY:   A conditional three-year grant of $758,662 to build upon the work of the original InterPARES (International Research on Permanent Authentic Records in Electronic Systems) Project through InterPARES 2, which will study new types of non-textual and interactive records produced by digital government and electronic commerce. (2002-27)

  • The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill:   A one-year grant of $78,605 on behalf of the University of North Carolina and Duke University for a project entitled, Managing the Digital University Desktop. The project team plans to study current end user practices in managing e-mail and electronically transmitted documents in selected offices throughout the UNC system and at Duke. (2002-25)

  • Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul, MN:   A 14-month grant of $105,400 to examine the NHPRC's Electronic Records Research Agenda and to recommend a new agenda. (2002-24)

  • The Regents of the University of California:   A two-year grant of $160,590 on behalf of the San Diego Supercomputer Center and the State of Michigan for a project to develop and test a model for preserving electronic records stored in a DoD Standard 5015.2-compliant Records Management Application (RMA). The applicants will evaluate DoD Standard 5015.2 to determine which features of the RMA standard must be retained in the preservation model. The project team will then evaluate the RMA product that the State of Michigan is using to determine what features of the software would be important to include in the preservation model and establish methods for exporting electronic records and metadata from the RMA. SDSC will then develop a preservation model based on the information gathered during the earlier tasks. Finally, the project team will conduct multiple pilot tests of preservation model-based prototype applications to demonstrate the potential and feasibility of preserving electronic records that have been exported from a DoD Standard 5015.2-compliant RMA. (2002-02)

  • The Regents of the University of California:   A two-year grant of $88,924, on behalf of the University of California at Los Angeles; the San Diego Supercomputer Center, University of California, San Diego; and the State University of New York, University at Albany; for its Information Technology and Policy Curricula Project to identify educational needs in the area of electronic records management. (2001-36)

  • South Carolina Department of Archives and History, Columbia, SC:   A two-year grant of $37,435 for its Electronic Records Training and Awareness Program to develop and conduct six workshops on electronic records issues. (2001-35)

  • The Global Industry Interagency Group, Woburn, MA:   A 15-month grant of $199,998 for its Good Electronic Recordkeeping Practices Project to pull together from the best available knowledge and practices Good Electronic Records Practices for the long-term preservation of and access to electronic records. (2001-32)

  • The Trustees of Indiana University, Bloomington, IN:   A two-year grant of $94,642 for its Developing Instructional Programs in Electronic Records Management Project to develop and teach classes on electronic records management. (2001-31)

  • Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul, MN:   A two-year grant of $150,546 for its Educating Archivists and Their Constituencies Project to develop workshops on the eXtensible Markup Language (XML) and metadata as they apply to archival concerns about electronic records. (2001-18)

  • State University of New York, University at Albany, Albany, NY:   A 15-month grant of $355,392 to continue the funding of its Long-Term Preservation of Authentic Electronic Records Project, which supports the non-NARA elements of the U.S. research team taking part in the InterPARES Project. (2001-05)

  • Michigan Department of Management and Budget, Lansing, MI:   A two-year grant of $190,255 for a project to test the ability of a DoD 5015.2-certified records management application (RMA) to classify, store, and manage the disposition of electronic records created in state offices. (2000-59)

  • University of Vermont and State Agricultural College, Burlington, VT:   A six-month planning grant of $19,633 to develop rigorous research goals and methods for testing various methods of providing intellectual access to electronic versions of the texts of historical documents. (2000-57)

  • University of Connecticut Libraries, Storrs, CT:   A one-year grant of $9,184 for a project to develop a strategic plan for identifying, preserving, and providing access to electronic records at the University of Connecticut. (2000-55)

  • The Regents of the University of California:   A three-year grant of $300,000, on behalf of the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego, to conduct research on long-term preservation of and access to software-dependent electronic records. This project builds upon the SDSC's previous research in this area, which it has conducted for the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and other sponsors. The NHPRC-funded project will specifically look at the scalability and usefulness of the technology in archives other than NARA. (2000-40)

  • Rhode Island Office of the Secretary of State, Providence, RI:   A two-year grant of $49,794 for a project to develop an electronic records program development model and starter's manual for small state archival programs. (2000-37)

  • Indiana University, Bloomington, IN:   A 27-month grant of $171,374 for a project to implement and test the methodology for evaluating electronic recordkeeping systems developed under NHPRC Grant No. 95-033. (2000-36)

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