file management

(also files management), n.Oversight of the administration of activities relating to the creation, use, maintenance, and disposal of files, including design and review of classification systems, equipment, and procedures, in order to ensure that the operations are efficient and economical.


Ham 1993, p. 33 Appropriate file structure can segregate records of long-term value from those of transitory use and thus facilitate appraisal and other archival processes. As a result of carefully considered file design and maintenance, the archivist can accession records with most of the weeding or purging already completed.