Defining Electronic Series: A Study

  • Jim Suderman


This article explores the way operational electronic series, i.e., series of records as they were created, maintained and used by creators during their normal course of business, are transformed into archival series by the acquisition process. It contends that the assumptions behind acquisition processes developed in the paper environment may need re-examination for use in the electronic environment, using illustrations drawn from recent experiences at the Archives of Ontario. The article closes with some observations on the impact of acquiring electronic series on archival institutions.

Author Biography

Jim Suderman
Jim Suderman is the Coordinator of the Electronic Records Programme at the Archives of Ontario, a post he has occupied since 1999. His current mandate is to incorporate the electronic medium into the mainstream policies and procedures of the Archives. He also represents his institution on the InterPARES 2 Project. From 1990 to 1999, he worked as a Senior Archivist at the Archives of Ontario. His portfolio of responsibilities included central offices of the provincial government, including the Premier’s Office, Cabinet Office, and Management Board of Cabinet. He holds an M.A. in History from the University of Manitoba.
How to Cite
Suderman, Jim. 2002. “Defining Electronic Series: A Study”. Archivaria 53 (May), 31-46.