The Selection of Scientific and Technical Records for Permanent Retention

  • Janet Dudley
Part of the International Astronomical Union / Union Astronomique Internationale book series (IAUH, volume 8)


A small fraction of the enormous volume of records that are generated by research and development activities should be selected for permanent retention because of their potential value to future scientists, engineers, historians and others. The records are generated for many different purposes and in many different forms (not all are documents). There are, however, some basic principles that should be used in appraising the records so that the most appropriate of them are selected according to identifiable criteria.


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© International Astronomical Union 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • Janet Dudley
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  1. 1.Royal Signals & Radar EstablishmentMalvern, WorcestershireUK

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