Original Order in the Digital World

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January 2015


archives management, electronic records, original order

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This article expands the concept of original order and presents two systematic views of the order of electronic records. In one view, abstract conceptual order can be used as guidance for the physical arrangement of records storage media and intellectual arrangement of records through a software interface. In the second view, organising electronic records entails managing the relationship between electronic records and the paper records in the same collection, between electronic records and their metadata, among different electronic records, as well as managing the relationships among the different copies, different versions and different captures of the same electronic records.

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Archives and Manuscripts, v. 43, no. 1, p. 61-72.