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Subject: Re: Defining a Record: WAS: Electronic Records Certifications
From: "Gervais, John" <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Records Management Program <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Fri, 13 Dec 2002 06:26:25 -0500

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re:  This is quite an interesting discussion....

I agree with Susan:
I too think this is an  interesting discussion.  I believe the definition of
what a record is, in the traditional sense, with the advent of new
technologies and e-docs has grown.  The traditional definition still rings
true, however, we need to encompass the new generation or nouveau
information which is being generated in the electronic realm. It certainly
is an exercise worth undertaking.  I would be interested to hear what
organizations such as NARA, ARMA etc. have to say in this regard.  Cheers
folks.  Have a happy Friday!

John A. Gervais
Program Manager
Business Development and Strategic Planning Division,
Information Management Directorate,
Finance and Administration Branch,
Canada Customs and Revenue Agency,
16th Floor, Albion Tower, 25 Nicolas Street,
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, K1A 0L5

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-----Original Message-----
From: mckinney, susan [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: December 12, 2002 12:42 PM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Defining a Record: WAS: Electronic Records Certifications

This is quite an interesting discussion, but I did want to take a little
part of one of the posts and expand on it.

I was at a meeting over the weekend of archivists and records managers, and
the question of the definition of a record came up again and again.  I know,
we all know what a "record" is.  But do we?  Do the current definitions that
we have used, taught, and explained over the years still hold true?  Do we,
as a profession, need to re-define and expand "record", both for
practitioners and users?

Susan McKinney, CRM
Records & Information Management
University of Minnesota
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