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University of Pittsburgh Electronic Records Project

n. ~ A research project that identified requirements for preserving evidence in electronic form.


The requirements, published as Functional Requirements for Evidence in Recordkeeping and frequently referred to as the Pittsburgh Project, were based on law, customs, standards and professional best practices accepted by society and codified in the literature of the legal, auditing, records management, information technology, management, and medical professions. Because they focus on the preservation of evidence, rather than application requirements for archival or recordkeeping systems, they can be applied to manual, electronic, or hybrid systems.

(Functional Requirements 1996) Supported by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, the University of Pittsburgh School of Information Sciences has conducted a research project to examine variables that affect the integration of recordkeeping requirements in electronic information systems. This project was intended to examine one means to rectify such problems. The major objectives of this research project were to develop a set of well-defined recordkeeping functional requirements – satisfying all the various legal, administrative, and other needs of a particular organization – which can be used in the design and implementation of electronic information systems. The project also proceeded to consider how the recordkeeping functions are affected by organizational policies, culture, and use of information technology standards, systems design, and implementation.