Electronic Records

State Electronic Records Initiative

SERI Statement

The State Electronic Records Initiative (SERI) was established in 2011 to focus on improving management, preservation, and access to state and territorial government electronic records in all 56 states, territories, and the District of Columbia. SERI increases capacity and capability for state electronic records management and provides a robust community of practice for archival staff preserving electronic records. SERI is committed to supporting the communities of practice, documents, guidance, and other resources to help state and territorial archives achieve their missions and increase equitable access to state electronic records. SERI promotes knowledge of the digital lifecycle and requirements for the preservation of state electronic records. SERI advocates for increased awareness and preservation of electronic records. SERI is the flagship program of CoSA.

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  • This report clarifies current state archives collection practices of state electronic records on social media platforms, providing a window into how state, territory, and the District of Columbia archives ...

  • This document outlines general education and training options for the Council of State Archivists (CoSA) State Electronic Records Initiative (SERI) for the next five years, and was approved at CoSA’s Annual ...

  • Since completion of Phase One, CoSA has taken the data from the surveys and interviews and developed action plans around the findings. The SERI Committee's work is organized around four areas of concentration, ...

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    Self-assessments completed by every state and territory in May-June 2012 and again in 2015 helped determine the current status of each state's electronic records and digital preservation program and identify ...

  • The PERTTS project began January 1, 2013, and ran for two years with funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) . This project focused on two areas: (a) providing ...

  • CoSA received an Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS ) Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program grant in 2012 to fund SERI’s Strategic Training and Education Program (STEP) for continuing ...

  • Archives Collaborating and Cooperating with External Strategic Stakeholders (ACCESS) began with a one-year planning project funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and its National Leadership ...

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    By the end of 2015, the SERI project had largely completed the second phase of its agenda, which included developing online resources for CoSA and others interested in electronic records preservation; ...

  • In 2011, each state and territorial archives and records management program completed a survey about its existing electronic records program, then participated in extended follow-up telephone interviews ...

  • August 2017 -- The SERI Tools and Resources Subcommittee of the Council of State Archivists presents a three-part module on the best practices for managing digitization projects. The decision to digitize ...