Since 1934, the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) has performed centralized archiving of all federal records since 1934, including print, digital, audio, and video records. All branches of the government must submit their records for review to the archivists at NARA, who then accept or reject records based on their historical importance. Once they deem a record fit for the Archive, they digitize it, if necessary, and place it into the Electronic Records Archive (ERA), NARA’s archival database..
The ERA is a massive system. Developed more than 40 years ago, it contains more than 900 terabytes of data, including over 800 million unique classified and non-classified files. The aging ERA system needed more storage, a more streamlined design, and faster systems. A new ERA 2.0 platform would require three major components in an AWS GovCloud environment to enable future expansion, faster processing, and greater storage for all important federal records:
- A processing component,
- A digital repository, and
- Workflows for scheduling and transfer.