2 Responses to Why does NARA ask for additional metadata for email records?

  1. Please explain the utility and timing of asking agencies to adhere to the following:
    “1) Email messages should comply with the specifications outlined in Request for Comments (RFC) 5322, Internet Message Format.”

    “RFC 5322, Internet Message Format” appears to be a draft protocol from 2008 and NARAs only other mention of this document appears in a proposed rule change in the Federal Register from 7/13/2016 that did not result in the promulgation of CFR changes.

    It seems that referencing RFC 5322 is premature and possibly unnecessary in this otherwise informative blog post. At a minimum, please provide contextual information about the draft protocol and summarize the 57 page document to highlight how it can be used.

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  2. Concerned Records Manager says:

    I am concerned about the utility and timing of including the following reference: “1. Email messages should comply with the specifications outlined in Request for Comments (RFC) 5322, Internet Message Format.”

    “Request for Comments (RFC) 5322, Internet Message Format.” is a draft protocol from 2008 that was mentioned in a proposed NARA rule change in the Federal Register from 7/13/2016. To date, the proposed CFR changes have not been promulgated and RFC 5322 remains a draft.

    At a minimum, I recommend that NARA provide context for including the draft protocol in this blog post and include a summary of the 57 page document to the federal records management community to help us utilize it.

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