Government information is created, received, stored and sent primarily in electronic form.
This includes emails and their attachments, word processing or spreadsheet documents, web pages and databases.
Formal documents such as tax returns, licence and permit applications and other documents lodged with agencies generally originate in electronic format.
Digital information is at high risk of being lost due to constantly changing technology.
Government needs to be able to access information over a long period so as to be able to review, evaluate and develop policies which help in conducting business and to prepare for the future:
Digital records provide evidence about people's rights and entitlements including:
- births, deaths and marriage records
- court decisions and
- lands title records.
Digital records also document Government's achievements and constitutes our future history and heritage.
What is information and what are records?
Information is codified knowledge, which is transferred and stored by means of:
- documents and records
- publications and databases
- images and plans
- sound and video recordings.
Information is used by State and Local Government agencies to meet their strategic, operational and legal needs.
Records are a special subset of 'information' which have evidential, legal, administrative or historical value
Records have special retention, accessibility and retrieval requirements.
Australian Standard HB 171-2003 Guidelines for the management of IT evidence available from http://www.standards.org.au
South Australian Government IT Standards for State Government agencies can be found on the Office of the Chief Information Officer.