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19 Sep 2019

Archive is A State Asset

Medan Merdeka Selatan, Jakarta-Commitment to perfecting and organising archives such as mandated by Law No. 43 of 2009 is an unnegotiable commitment. The reason is what is managed must be accountable as proof to the public. This was conveyed by Director of National Library, Muhammad Syarif Bando, when he opened an event themed "Socialisation of External Archives Supervision and Archives Filing Technical Guidance" at National Library Theatre on Thursday (19/9).

"The archival assessment is vital to all ministries and institutions. We cannot serve maximally if the archive is not in order, "said Syarif Bando.

National Archives of the Republic of Indonesia (ANRI) is tasked to help complete the archival process that is still not in order and does not comply with the standard throughout ministries and institutions in Indonesia. "The synergy and collaboration between National Library and ANRI are indispensable for the advancement of the nation. Thus, it can be seen how far the archival process has been done, whether it is in order or not, " explained Taufiq, acting Head of ANRI.

Archive is governed by a defined and internationally adopted method. Archive is also very important to maintain, because archive is the same as asset. Archive can later be used as valuable evidence.

"We must bequeath natural resources, bequeath good environment, and bequeath information on our current state to our descendants because our children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren should know about it," said Rudi Anton, Head of Archival Accreditation Centre of ANRI.

According to Rudi, archive can be digitised but only for vital archive, whose frequency of use is high and not for financial transaction archive, because it has retention schedule.

Rudi suggested that in this digital era we must think before writing something, because all can be archives. "Paper archive can be torn but electronic archive is very easy to be disseminated to the whole world," he added.

The event was closed with the signing of MoU between National Library and ANRI as well as exchange of souvenirs.

 

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