Metrics Based Reappraisal

Appraisal has long been a source of intense debate in the archival community. Digital collections, affordable storage costs, and software tools now offer the opportunity to enhance appraisal strategies and move the archival appraisal discussion productively forward. We propose an iterative, technology-assisted, metrics-based approach to appraisal as part of a digital preservation strategy.

Developed in concert with a Capstone-based project to preserve email messages of enduring value at the University of Illinois, this multimodal approach integrates various traditional appraisal techniques with business performance metrics for the purpose of achieving growth that is sustainable using justifiable appraisal decisions, applying repeatable processes, and ultimately establishing measurable institutional value.

iPres 2014

A paper exploring this approach was presented as a poster at the iPres 2014 conference.