n. a set of data crafted to identify and represent an archival resource or component thereof  the process of creating a set of data representing an archival resource or component thereof


Descriptions are frequently expressed in finding aids and bibliographic records. They are used for discovery and management of archival resources. Descriptions often detail physical characteristics, informational content, and functional purpose. The process of describing archival resources can include analyzing, organizing, and recording details about the formal elements of a record or collection of records, such as creator, title, dates, extent, and contents, to facilitate the work’s identification, management, and understanding.