The National Archives and The University of Glasgow have recently been successful in applying for funding from The University of Glasgow’s Knowledge Exchange fund. The project will see collaboration between the Humanities Advanced Technology and Information Institute (HATII), Glasgow’s School of Physics and Astronomy, the School of Computing Science and The National Archives to address the issue of sensitivity review for digital records.
Government departments are obliged by the Public Records and Freedom of Information Acts to select, review for sensitivity, and transfer public records to The National Archives. The selection and review is conducted by the government department concerned based on advice and guidance published by The National Archives; the outcome is that about 5 per cent of records are selected for permanent preservation and release to the public. In the present paper format these are largely the familiar files held together with Treasury tags.