NARA: Digital tape, FTP are OK for records

Agencies transferring permanent records to the National Archives and Records Administration can use digital tape or File Transfer Protocol, the agency said in a final rule published in the Federal Register.

The rule takes effect Jan. 29. NARA conducted a pilot for alternatives to media transfer methods and found FTP and digital tape to be reliable and secure, the final rule said.

The rule does not restrict the format of electronic records, but NARA said it is looking at formats other than ASCII and EBCDIC as part of its E-Records Management e-government initiative.

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