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1 a centre of expertise in data curation and preservation DCC Workshop: Curating sApril 24 – 25, 2006 Funded by: This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.5 UK: Scotland License. To view a copy of this license, visit sa/2.5/scotland/ ; or, (b) send a letter to Creative Commons, 543 Howard Street, 5th Floor, San Francisco, California, 94105, USA. s as Records From Creation to Curation Maureen Pennock Digital Curation Centre

2 a centre of expertise in data curation and preservation DCC Workshop: Curating sApril 24 – 25, 2006 Todays talk Introduction to s Origins of & background s as records When is an a record? Which s are records? Curating records Principles Technical solutions addressed in later presentations

3 a centre of expertise in data curation and preservation DCC Workshop: Curating sApril 24 – 25, 2006 Introduction to s Origins of ARPANET – Advanced Research Projects Agency Network File transfer protocol developed Could send messages to any computer on ARPANET network First – internal - sent in early 1970's Widespread public and private usage by early 1990s. Between 30 and 60 billion messages now sent daily Average office worker handles 75 a day

4 a centre of expertise in data curation and preservation DCC Workshop: Curating sApril 24 – 25, 2006 What is an ? An electronic document transmitted across a computer mail system Conforms to a standard transmission format Comprises contents, possible attachments, and metadata May be 1-1 or 1-many

5 a centre of expertise in data curation and preservation DCC Workshop: Curating sApril 24 – 25, 2006 What is an (electronic) record? Evidence of transaction Stored information An original or primary or sole version of a document An authentic document The content, not the format in which it is stored, determines the status of record or non-record

6 a centre of expertise in data curation and preservation DCC Workshop: Curating sApril 24 – 25, 2006 When is an a record? Organisational records Not all s are records Neither necessary nor desirable to keep absolutely everything Generated or used in the course of business and contains evidence of business activities, decision-making processes, or documents corporate memory Valuable content in the message body OR in an attachment Varying retention periods Can include s on home PCs! Personal records Any considered valuable by the creator/recipient

7 a centre of expertise in data curation and preservation DCC Workshop: Curating sApril 24 – 25, record content types 100% of businesses use for business purposes (AIIM Survey 2003) Administrative and commercial activities Contracts and agreement negotiations Financial issues Legal issues Project records Tendering processes Retention schedule should identify categories of records

8 a centre of expertise in data curation and preservation DCC Workshop: Curating sApril 24 – 25, 2006 Curating records Problem: s often created & managed in ad-hoc manner Users perceive as personal domain Ad-hoc creation & management hinders effective curation Solution: Curation Encompasses active management and appraisal of data over the entire life-cycle Includes creation stage Maintains and adds value to records Can ensure records are authentic and reliably managed Enables other users to reliably re-use the information

9 a centre of expertise in data curation and preservation DCC Workshop: Curating sApril 24 – 25, 2006 Benefits of curating records Facilitates compliance with legal discovery requests Encourages more efficient use of Enables shared access to messages Achieves organisational retention requirements Reduces storage requirements Provides trusted and reliable records for future use

10 a centre of expertise in data curation and preservation DCC Workshop: Curating sApril 24 – 25, 2006 Curation 1 – Life-cycle management Creation Active Use (Disposal) Archiving Preservation Access (Disposal) Re-use

11 a centre of expertise in data curation and preservation DCC Workshop: Curating sApril 24 – 25, 2006 Curation 2 - Policy Policy framework Policy reflects organisational commitment Must address various components: Acceptable use and unacceptable misuse Content and creation practices Retention and storage Preservation and curation Responsibilities May require more than one policy to cover all aspects

12 a centre of expertise in data curation and preservation DCC Workshop: Curating sApril 24 – 25, 2006 Curation 3 - Integration Integrate records management into overall record-keeping infrastructure May require change to existing infrastructure Tackles perception of individual ownership Enables shared access to messages Allows access to all messages and related records from a single location Very useful when dealing with discovery requests

13 a centre of expertise in data curation and preservation DCC Workshop: Curating sApril 24 – 25, 2006 Curation 4 - Collaboration Communicate and collaborate: a large number of stakeholders play a role in management Creators – create, receive, store messages Records managers – provide guidance, advice, training IT staff – provide technical infrastructure, access to stored messages Management – reinforce policy All stakeholders must take responsibility for their part in successful management

14 a centre of expertise in data curation and preservation DCC Workshop: Curating sApril 24 – 25, 2006 Summary s are records and may require long term curation and preservation Preservation begins at source Good creation practices build persistent messages Persistent messages can last through time with appropriate care Appropriate steps must be taken by appropriate stakeholders at all stages of the life-cycle Records management and curation provide a sound framework for life-cycle management

15 a centre of expertise in data curation and preservation DCC Workshop: Curating sApril 24 – 25, 2006 Thank you. Questions? Maureen Pennock Join the DCC Associates Network at


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