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Our e-government people have just been on to me with regard to meeting our BVPI regarding e-enablement of services: apparently they are working to a list of functions which includes placing e-forms for archive deposits etc on our web-site.

 While I have no objection to placing the terms of our standard deposit agreements etc on our web-site, I am wary of placing actual forms up there, on the grounds that these are, in effect, legal agreements which need to be properly authenticated by both parties, and in which there are numerous points which may need to be negotiated before material comes into/goes out of the repository. I foresee potential problems with people simply filling in the e-form and sending us stuff through the post, without any acceptance on our part. What is happening elsewhere, and did I miss some kind of consultation process before this was included in the BVPI?

Kevin Mulley
Bury Archive Service
Edwin St (off Crompton St)
BURY BL9 OAS

Tel 0161-797-6697
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web www.bury.gov.uk/archives