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n. ~ 1. A benchmark or reference used to measure some quality or practice. - 2. An international, national, or industry agreement that establishes qualities or practices in order to achieve common goals. - 3. Shelving · A vertical beam or pole used to hold shelves; an upright.


In this glossary, specific standards are entered under the full name, with cross-references under their standard number. For example, the Department of Defense's records management standard is entered under its title, Design Criteria for Electronic Records Management Software Applications, with a cross-reference from DoD 5015.2.

A Glossary of Archival and Records Terminology