Organising the present for a secure future
The archives of the Italian government office that participated in the project today suffer from fragmentation due to the widespread distribution of offices in the various municipalities and provinces throughout the country. The same files are managed differently depending on the office, despite the proposed national guidelines.
The archive system is complex and, due to the lack of regulation, chaotic. While initiatives such as the uniformity of folder labels show an interest in standardisation, the lack of control and the absence of a culture of good archiving prevent this.
The folder itself as a minimum storage unit can vary in form and content. The documents within it are not always useful for archiving purposes and the end the information on the coast is not always self-explanatory: there is no general coding standard.