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Well the distinction between raw data and final 'record' gets blurred with
big complex systems: there may be two dozen middle processing steps, each of
which produces records that accumulate rapidly in that particular location
(on that server processed by that module of the software) which may be more
or less readable by non-system experts (e.g. by attorneys). These 'raw
data' middle-step processing records may specifically be required in law
suits when the issue is the way the system processed the data; so the data
in module 1 must be compared with the same data in module 2 and so on
through the data's journey to becoming a final record that, for example was
the basis of a company decision and/or  that was mailed to a customer.

Maureen

On Thu, Aug 6, 2009 at 5:06 PM, Trudy M Phillips <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Well, I am not understanding this conversation thread at all.
>
> I thought we had determined that data in a database or in a spreadsheet was
>  just data until a report was created from the data and such report was
> would be  attached to the retention period for which the report was
> created?
> So, how can you parse sections of a database?   To me, databases are  in a
> continual state of flux?  Data changes, sometimes by the  minute.   I do
> not
> see a database as being stagnant so there for  needing a retention period
> requirement.
>
> Now if it is a database, that was created for a specific purpose and not
> changed afterwards, then yes I can see that it could then become something
> with  a retention period.
>
> Trudy M.  Phillips
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>
> In a message dated 8/6/2009 5:19:38 P.M. Central Daylight Time,
>  [log in to unmask] writes:
>
> I  usually find out the preference of the users or IT administrator and
> it's
> usually one of three things: (1) to parse sections of the db and  establish
> particular retention periods for each, (2) to run static reports  and
> consider those the (only) 'records, (3) to retain the whole database.  The
> last option entails locking the down the database at a certain point,  e.g.
> at the end of a project, and using the youngest record's creation  or
> modified date to begin the retention period; this is similar to the
>  concept
> of 'closing the record series' (a phrase repeated in the UK  government's
> ERMS requirements standard). The first option is surprisingly  popular with
> some IT people if the database is big, complex, with multiple  IT support
> people, strict capacity limits, and if different business units  use
> different sections of the system. The second option: it's difficult to
> reach
> consensus on what to capture in a report, and what is important will
>  change
> over time anyway, plus there are risks to deleting the underlying  data
> (you
> never know what will be needed in a law suit).
>
>
> --
> Maureen,
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