electronic record

n. information or data that has been captured and fixed for storage and manipulation in an automated system and that requires the use of the system to render it intelligible by a person.


“Electronic records” can encompass both analog and digital information formats, although the term principally connotes information stored in digital computer systems. “Electronic records” most often refers to records created in electronic format (born digital) but is sometimes used to describe scans of records in other formats (reborn digital or born analog). Electronic records are often analogous to paper records; email to letters, word processing files to reports and other documents. Electronic records often have more complex forms, such as databases and geographic information systems.