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ISDF: International Standard for Describing Functions

TitelISDF: International Standard for Describing Functions
UitgeverInternational Council on Archives
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The main scope of archival arrangement and description is to preserve the original context of records creation, by safeguarding their evidential value and their authenticity. Authority records compliant with ISAAR(CPF) make it possible to collect any important information on the records creators, corporate bodies, persons or families. That's the reason for providing separate but linked descriptions of records and of their creators - this enables archivists to develop dynamic and multidimensional descriptive systems.

Functions are often transferred from one corporate body to another. Therefore, it will be much more difficult for the users to reconstitute the context of records creation, if they are only provided with authority records describing corporate bodies that performed the same function. Separated but linked descriptions of functions can improve the understanding of that context and can be used in conjunction with ICA-ISAD(G) compliant descriptions and ICA-ISAAR(CPF) authority files as a tool for efficient retrieval of archives and creators descriptions in archival descriptive systems. This approach constitutes the basis of the new international standard which provides guidance for preparing descriptions of functions of corporate bodies associated with the creation and maintenance of archives.

It includes twenty six descriptive elements, organised into information areas. It also includes a chapter giving recommendations for establishing links between descriptions of functions and archival descriptions compliant with ICA-ISAD(G) or with authority records compliant with ICA-ISAAR(CPF). The appendix contains examples of applications in different languages.

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Datum eerste publicatie: 
woensdag, 27 april 2016 - 12:30pm