Questions and Findings of the Appraisal Task Force
- What is the influence of digital technology on appraisal?
- What is the influence of retrievability, intelligibility, functionality, and research needs on appraisal?
- What are the influences of the medium and physical form of the record on appraisal?
- When in the course of their existence should electronic records be appraised?
- Should electronic records be appraised more than once in the course of their existence, and if so, when?
- Who should be responsible for appraising electronic records?
- What are the appraisal criteria and methods for authentic electronic records?
The major products of the work of the Appraisal Task Force were a literature
review, procedures and methods in relation to the conceptual requirements for assessing authenticity developed by the Authenticity Task Force, and a model for the selection of electronic records. The major activities represented in the model are:
- managing the selection function,
- appraising electronic records,
- monitoring appraised electronic records, and
- carrying out disposition of electronic records.
In addition, main findings of the Appraisal Task Force include:
- The assessment of authenticity of electronic records is critical to the appraisal of electronic records.
- The determination of the feasibility of preservation is critical to the selection of electronic records.
- It is important that electronic records be appraised early in their life cycle.
- Monitoring the appraisal decision is a necessary activity in the process of selection of electronic records.
The Appraisal Task Force Final Report provides a detailed account of all aspects of the process of selection, with recommendations relating to the main requirements for implementation.
Public documents for the Appraisal Task Force are located here.