IATH Associate Director Invited to Join National Archive and Records Administration Advisory Committee

March 13, 2008 — Daniel Pitti, associate director of the University of Virginia’s Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities, has been appointed to serve on the National Archives and Records Administration’s Advisory Committee on the Electronic Records Archives.

The committee is charged with advising the Archivist of the United States, Allen Weinstein, on technical, mission and service issues related to the Electronic Records Archive system. This includes, but is not limited to, advising and making recommendations on issues related to the development, implementation and use of the ERA system.

“The digital age presents daunting challenges to the access and preservation of the records of the U.S. Government,” Pitti said. “The purpose of a national archive in democratic societies is to preserve for use the records that are legally and historically vital to transparent and accountable governance. The advent of digital communication and electronic records has created technical, social, legal and ethical challenges to fulfilling this mandated mission.” 

The electronic records challenge is formidable, Weinstein says, but as an agency, NARA is committed to addressing this challenge head-on. “NARA's vision is to create a system that will authentically preserve and provide access to any kind of electronic record, free from dependency on any specific hardware or software, enabling NARA to carry out its mission into the future.”

IATH was established in 1992 to revolutionize the role of technology in humanities research and humanities education. Its mission is to explore ways that information technologies and digital media can be integrated into humanities scholarship. IATH has achieved an international reputation as a leader in the field of humanities computing, and its fellows have won several prestigious awards, including the first Lincoln Award for Electronic Media; the Mellon Foundation Distinguished Achievement Award; and the Richard W. Lyman Award from the National Humanities Center.

For more on IATH, visit its Web site at http://jefferson.village.virginia.edu/.