active record

n. a record that continues to be used with sufficient frequency to justify keeping them in the office of creation; a current record. Computinginformation stored on computer systems that can be readily accessed by the operating system or software without a need to reload media, undelete the information, or reconstruct it from other sources

Notes

The concept of active record1 can be extended to records in electronic systems that are kept online. Using this analogy, records in nearline and offline storage could be considered inactive records.