The arrival of the electronic age has yielded great government content for journalism, particularly databases that would have been unthinkable two decades ago. But agencies and departments can't always keep pace with the rapid expansion of content offered by technology, and the implications for newsrooms are serious. Too often there is no electronic footprint to watch the pathology of record-creation.
The New York Times today has a look today at the American issues involving federal files and the inadequate record-retention. It's a story that could be told in almost any country.