What is it about?

An examination of how archivists appraise and describe the historical records (read data) can be beneficial to increasing records managers' abilities to make unstructured data less of a problem, significantly more usable, and tremendously reduce risks.

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Why is it important?

Vendors often offer solutions designed to provide them with maximum returns while not always giving satisfactory results in the management of unstructured data. Tagging data is not necessary when it is filed properly....when unstructured data has been given structure through descriptive techniques that are similar if not identical to those used in archival endeavors. Why this has not been seen earlier by records managers is a mystery.


Any archivist who has attempted to develop points of access through standardized descriptive techniques could go to a shared drive and provide at least rudimentary structure to the oceans of documents sitting out in the open....these are situations where, without a level of description data owners, users, and records managers will have virtually no idea of what has been touched in the event of a data breach. That situation has to change.

G. Mark Walsh
Old Dominion University

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This page is a summary of: The disconnect between archival descriptive technique and records management taxonomies, Comma, March 2019, Liverpool University Press,
DOI: 10.3828/comma.2017.2.4.
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