Archival Science

, Volume 12, Issue 3, pp 287–318 | Cite as

Continuous classification: capturing dynamic relationships among information resources

Original Paper


Records classification within electronic records management systems often is constrained by rules derived from paper-era recordkeeping, particularly the rule that one record can have only one file code—a rule that was developed to enable the management of records in aggregate. This paper calls for a transformation of recordkeeping and archival practice through an expanded definition of records classification and through item-level management of electronic records.


Classification Item-level management Electronic records management systems Functionalism in archival theory Function-based records classification Digital records management Digital records discovery Digital archiving Digital information ecology 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Master’s of Archival Studies Program, Department of HistoryUniversity of ManitobaWinnipegCanada

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