Monday, March 30, 2015

Expanding the concept of "Information Value"

Oliver, Kim, Ross (2008). Documentary genre and digital recordkeeping : red herring or a way forward?

I'm not sure about most of this paper but I certainly like the appraisal criteria. They could be valuable for assessing "information value".

Criteria for appraising digital information:

  • Content -- comprehensiveness (covers a complete population)
  • Content -- coverage (spatial area)
  • Content -- growth (is it done growing)
  • Content -- relationships (with exisitng documens)
  • Content -- Reliability (accurate and authoritative)
  • Content -- Significance
  • Content -- Time
  • Content -- Uniqueness
  • Content -- Usability
  • Contextual -- Documentation
  • Contextual -- Provenance
  • Contextual -- Significance of source
  • Contextual -- Usage
  • Evidence -- Accountability
  • Evidence -- Artefact (evidence of way the org funcitoned)
  • Evidence -- Authenticity (provides evidence of what it purports to be)
  • Evidence -- Precedence (documentation of decisions)
  • Operational -- Costs (for maintenance)
  • Operational -- Collection (fit with existing policy)
  • Operational -- Mission (fit with mission)
  • Operational -- Replaceability (value of preservation vs. costs)
  • Societal -- Ethics
  • Societal -- Intrinsic value
  • Societal -- Legal considerations
  • Societal -- representativeness
  • technical -- Functional (will behaviour be retained)
  • Technical -- Integrity of records
  • Technical -- Rights issues
  • Technical -- Size of object/volume
  • Technical -- Usability

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