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intrinsic element


n. ~ 1. An internal component of a document's contents. - 2. The elements of a record that convey a its action and immediate context.

(InterPARES Authenticity, p. 5) Intrinsic elements are the discursive parts of the record that communicate the action in which the record participates and the immediate context. They fall into three groups: 1) elements that convey aspects of the record's juridical and administrative context (e.g., the name of the author, addressee, the date); 2) elements that communicate the action itself (e.g., the indication and description of the action or matter); 3) elements that convey aspects of the record's documentary context and its means of validation (e.g., the name of the writer, the attestation, the corroboration).