NARA endorses software testing
- By William Matthews
- Nov 28, 2000
Tests designed by the military to evaluate recordkeeping software have earned
a stamp of approval from the National Archives and Records Administration.
But agencies shouldn't buy software on that basis alone, NARA cautions.
After two years of evaluations, NARA announced this week that it is
endorsing the Joint Interoperability Test Command's software testing program
for 5015.2-STD, Design Criteria Standard for Electronic Records Management
Essentially, this means that if the test command says the software meets
the criteria spelled out in the 5015.2 standard, that's good enough for
But passing the test is just a first step, said John Carlin, archivist
of the United States, to federal agency information technology managers.
"Electronic recordkeeping is more complicated than simply purchasing
a 5015.2-certified records management application," he said. Agencies also
should evaluate technical and business requirements, human factors, ease
of integration, scalability, system performance, reliability and provider
stability when they select a recordkeeping system," Carlin said.
The 5015.2 standard was developed by the Defense Department as the set
of basic requirements recordkeeping systems must meet to be used by the
military. It specifies 118 criteria ranging from how records must be created
to how they may be destroyed. In between are security requirements, accessing
characteristics, metadata requirements and similar criteria.
The standard itself was adopted by NARA in 1998. Now NARA is saying
the military adequately tests for compliance with the requirements specified
in the 5015.2 standard.