The Archivist's Library

Trusting Records

Legal, Historical and Diplomatic Perspectives

Authors: MacNeil, H.

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A trustworthy record is one that is both an accurate statement of facts and a genuine manifestation of those facts. Record trustworthiness thus has two qualitative dimensions: reliability and authenticity. Reliability means that the record is capable of standing for the facts to which it attests, while authenticity means that the record is what it claims to be. This study explores the evolution of the principles and methods for determining record trustworthiness from antiquity to the digital age, and from the perspectives of law and history. It also examines recent efforts undertaken by researchers in the field of archival science to develop methods for ensuring the trustworthiness of records created and maintained in electronic systems.
Audience: The target audience for this study is legal scholars working in the field of evidence law, historians working in the field of historical methodology, and recordkeeping professionals (records managers, information technology specialists, archivists) working on the design and implementation of contemporary organizational recordkeeping systems.

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Table of contents (5 chapters)

  • The Evolution of Legal and Historical Methods for Assessing the Trustworthiness of Records

    MacNeil, Heather

    Pages 1-31

  • Trusting Records as Legal Evidence: Common Law Rules of Evidence

    MacNeil, Heather

    Pages 32-56

  • Trusting Records as Historical Evidence: Modern Historical Methods

    MacNeil, Heather

    Pages 57-85

  • Creating and Maintaining Trustworthy Records in Electronic Systems: Archival Diplomatic Methods

    MacNeil, Heather

    Pages 86-112

  • Conclusion

    MacNeil, Heather

    Pages 113-119

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Trusting Records
Book Subtitle
Legal, Historical and Diplomatic Perspectives
Authors
Series Title
The Archivist's Library
Series Volume
1
Copyright
2000
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-015-9375-5
DOI
10.1007/978-94-015-9375-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-7923-6599-0
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-5572-9
Series ISSN
1568-2560
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 163
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