intrinsic element

n. An internal component of a document's contents. The elements of a record that convey a its action and immediate context.


InterPARES 2002, p. 5 Intrinsic elements are the discursive parts of the record that communicate the action in which the record participates and the immediate context. They fall into three groups: 1) elements that convey aspects of the record's juridical and administrative context (e.g., the name of the author, addressee, the date); 2) elements that communicate the action itself (e.g., the indication and description of the action or matter); 3) elements that convey aspects of the record's documentary context and its means of validation (e.g., the name of the writer, the attestation, the corroboration).