- Keeping the best till last
- More and more of our records are being held in digital form. At first sight, this is a boon to conservationists, as back-up copies can easily be made and transferred. But the sheer volume of digital information, in rapidly changing formats, calls for a structured approach to its preservation.
- Hard disks, not hard copies
- Increasingly, instead of being held in dusty basements stacked high with paper files, records are kept in climate-conditioned computer cabinets. But systems require standards. Europe's archivists are planning a European model for managing electronic records.
- Digital power to the people
- As participation hits new lows, electronic voting - dubbed "e-democracy" - is increasingly being seen as a vital way to breathe new life into our democratic systems of government. A recent issue of the journal The IPTS Report explored how virtual governance can bring empowerment.