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Why manage when you can govern? : metadata in the Canadian legal system Rowe, Joy


Presented at the ARMA Canada Conference, 2013, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Archivists and records managers are keenly aware of the need to manage digital records as potential evidence. Electronically stored information in general, and metadata specifically, is not only considered as documentary evidence under the business records sections of the Canada Evidence Act, but metadata has also been considered as real and even demonstrative evidence in recent case law rulings in Canada. Presented originally at the ARMA Canada Conference in Saskatoon, SK in June 2013, this poster highlights the distinguishing characteristics of metadata used as documentary, real, and demonstrative evidence and argues that a finer understanding of metadata must become part of the records manager's knowledge arsenal in the digital records environment.

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