Appraisal and Custody of Electronic Records: Findings from Four National Archives

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July 2012


In this article, the author will discuss the appraisal and custody of electronic records based on an investigation of the appraisal policies, disposition instructions, and other records management guidelines of four national archives. Common appraisal methodologies of four national archives are largely media neutral, although some appraisal strategies and criteria are more relevant for electronic records. The traditional custody model still dominates electronic records, although the post-custody model is used in special circumstances. A variant of the post-custody model, the transfer of the physical custody of electronic records to a third-party trusted repository, is also identified.

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Archival Issues, v. 34, no. 2, p. 117.

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