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Alfresco 3 Records Management by Dick Weisinger

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Chapter 1. Records Management

In this first chapter, before getting into the specifics of the Alfresco implementation of Records Management, let's examine in detail exactly what records are and the reasons why Records Management is important for organizations of all sizes.

In this chapter, we will cover:

  • What a record and Records Management are
  • What we mean by a records lifecycle
  • The difference between Document and Records Management
  • The benefits of Records Management

What is a record?

Let's start with a definition of what a record is. The ISO 15489 definition of a record is as follows:

Records contain "information created, received, and maintained as evidence and information by an organization or person, in pursuance of legal obligations or in the transaction ...

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