National Security Copy (NSC) of Records
In line with HIAS Principle 7, on behalf of the nation, we will ensure that a secure copy of the complete national record exists to protect against data loss for future generations.
The secure copy consists of records curated by local Historic Environment Records (HERs), records created by Historic England awaiting transfer to HERs and the National Marine Heritage Record.
Safety will be guaranteed by back-up copies maintained by the respective organisations involved.
Historic England, the Association of Local Government Archaeological Officers (ALGAO) and key stakeholders have agreed best practice to ensure that a security copy of the shared national heritage record exists and is safeguarded on behalf of the nation.
This best practice includes:
- National Security Copy Code of Practice
- Consistent routine backups of the security copies made of a heritage dataset by an organisation detailed in a Data Management Statement
- Depositing a security copy with another heritage organisation for safeguarding should an organisation need to do so. This is defined in an Access Protocol
- National Security Copy - Data Management Statement template
- National Security Copy - Guide to Completing a Data Management Statement
- National Security Copy - Data Management Statement Form FAQs
- NSC Data Management Statement Exemplar 1
- NSC Data Management Statement Exemplar 2
- NSC Data Management Statement Exemplar 3
- NSC Data Management Statement Exemplar 4
- National Security Copy Access Protocol