Hello - how documents, records and archives are sloshing around in the
public sector? I am building a business case for a metadata toolkit and am
trying to piece together some metrics to figure out market size etc.

If I assume that a government department generates 3 million documents per
year, then what ratio of those documents could I assume would be (or become)
records - and again for archives?

My GUESS is 3 million documents = 500,000 records = 25,000 archives (the
last is from my archival training which suggested 3-7% of records were

The first number will hopefully be more realistically and specifically
generated - I am interested in people's gauge of the ratios.

A good one to kick-start the week?



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