Friday, 17 April 2015

LAC Progress on the Government Record Backlog

The following note was posted on the LAC website on 12 April

The 2014 Fall Report of the Auditor General of Canada examined whether Library and Archives Canada (LAC) has fulfilled its responsibilities for acquiring and preserving government documentary heritage from federal institutions, and for facilitating access to these records for current and future generations. LAC accepted the Auditor General’s recommendations. In the fall of 2014, LAC approved a plan to eliminate a backlog of 98,000 containers of Government of Canada documentary heritage by December 2015. A report on results of the backlog reduction project is provided on a monthly basis to LAC’s senior management. Here is an overview of progress made as of April 10, 2015.
The overview consists of a single chart showing 63% completed, 37% remaining.

Kudos to LAC for posting this report.

I would have liked somewhat more information - What's been done? How is it now accessible? What's remaining? Is the part that's been completed typical of the remainder? I'm reminded of the ninety-ninety rule in software development
"The first 90 percent of the code accounts for the first 90 percent of the development time. The remaining 10 percent of the code accounts for the other 90 percent of the development time."

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