Archival Data

Definition(s)

  • Archival data is information that is not directly accessible to the user of a computer system but that the organization maintains for long-term storage and record keeping purposes. Archival data may be written to removable media such as a CD, magneto-optical media, tape or other electronic storage device, or may be maintained on system hard drives in compressed formats (i.e., data stored on backup tapes or disks, usually for disaster recovery purposes).
  • Information that is not directly accessible to the user of a computer system but that the organization maintains for long-term storage and record-keeping purposes. Archival data may be written to removable media such as a CD, magneto-optical media, tape or other electronic storage device, or may be maintained on system hard drives in compressed formats.
  • Data that is not immediately available to the computer user but that the organization preserves for storage and record keeping purposes, often stored on CD-ROMs, tapes, or other electronic storage devices.
  • Information that is not directly available to the user of a computer but has been stored on the computer system and can be retrieved through a special process.

Notes

  1. Kroll Ontrack, Glossary of Termshttp://www.krollontrack.com/glossaryterms
  2. Merrill Corporation, Electronic Discovery Glossary.
  3. Vinson & Elkins LLP Practice Support, EDD Glossary.
  4. Legal Electronic Document Institute, Basic Principles of Automated Litigation Support (2005).