Archival appraisal and the digital record: Applying past tradition for future practice

Bethany Anderson, Fynnette Eaton, Scott W. Schwartz

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The digital revolution has changed the daily work of archivists. As a result, archivists have refined their analog practices and initiated new ones to accommodate the unique information creation and access needs of users. While limitless storage and technological obsolescence may be surmountable challenges, appraisal continues to be a necessary component of this preservation enterprise. Macro-appraisal—a top-down functional assessment of an organization’s high-level decision making that defines the enduring value of specific bodies of documentary evidence of these creative or administrative processes—is used to facilitate the management of diverse bodies of born-digital records in archives and special collections.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3-15
Number of pages13
JournalNew Review of Information Networking
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2015


  • Academic archives
  • Digital preservation
  • Government archives
  • Macro-appraisal
  • Scientific records
  • Special collections

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems
  • Education
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Networks and Communications


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