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  1. 1. Appraisal of Electronic Records – What’s Different? Mark Conrad ERA Research NARA
  2. 2. Content <ul><li>There are similarities to appraisal of records in other formats </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Evaluating the records’ content for the same values </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Legal </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Evidential </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Informational </li></ul></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Content - Differences <ul><li>Unique qualities of electronic records that may impact the values assigned to the records </li></ul><ul><ul><li>especially their informational value </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Manipulability </li></ul><ul><ul><li>400 million email messages printed out v. 400 million messages in electronic form </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Linkage potential </li></ul><ul><ul><li>can the records be linked to other electronic records? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Compact Storage </li></ul><ul><ul><li>50,000 case files in hard copy v. electronic form </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>implications for archival sampling? </li></ul></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Get There Early <ul><li>Records Need to be Appraised: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Early in Their Lifecycle </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Fragile </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Ephemeral </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>In Their Native Habitat </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Functionality </li></ul></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Technical Appraisal <ul><li>For Permanent Records Have to Conduct Technical Appraisal </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Feasibility of Preserving the Records </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Identify all of the Digital Objects </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Essential Characteristics </li></ul></ul><ul><li>At Scale! </li></ul>
  6. 6. Some Examples <ul><li>Mars Global Surveyor </li></ul><ul><li>Columbia Accident Investigation Board </li></ul><ul><li>Torpedo Weapon Retriever </li></ul><ul><li>What About Your Records? </li></ul>