records continuum

n. a model of recordkeeping practice that emphasizes the overlapping dimensions of recordkeeping and the related axes of accountability


The records continuum, developed in Australia, is a model of recordkeeping practice that conceptualizes the interactions of records across interrelated dimensions and axes, without distinguishing where the creation and active management of records ends and the archival management of them begins. The dimensions track the records across creation, capture, organization, and pluralization (making the records available as evidence). The axes represent different facets of accountability: the identity of the entity involved in a transaction documented by the records, what that entity did, what the records provide evidence of, and how the records are found and retrieved for later use.