Recent media reports have talked about the ‘digital Dark Age‘. This is a major challenge, now and for the years to come for institutions in the archives sector, who are concerned with managing, preserving and providing access to born-digital records. This is important for the UK National Archives because some government departments will soon transfer born-digital records to The National Archives under the Public Records Act. As the National Archives has been working on how to do this, their philosophy has been ‘learning by doing’. They have reviewed what other archival institutions around the world are doing to manage digital records and have been testing the process of transfers "to design and test the new process to appraise, select, sensitivity review, transfer, preserve and give access to born-digital records." Two major challenges are:
- extracting meaning from unstructured digital record collections in order to make appraisal and selection decisions.
- sensitivity reviewing born-digital records at scale without having to read all the individual documents
- The digital landscape in government 2014-15: business intelligence review
- The application of technology-assisted review to born-digital records transfer, Inquiries and beyond: research report