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Archives and Records Management: Records Lifecycle

Records Lifecycle

Records Lifecycle

As the illustration shows, a record lifecycle consists of the following stages: 

  • creation;
  • use;
  • maintenance; 
  • retention; and 
  • disposition. 

To assess accountability you simply test each stage against the various principles, as shown. The sample questions are far from exhaustive due to space but should show a fairly simple way forward. The benefit of this approach is that it is visual, easy to remember, and predicated on the basis of an accountability-framework.