Methods and Tools for Characterizing and Identifying Records in the Digital Age
Filename extensions can tell us much about electronic records and their use; we learn not only a file’s format, but also something about the environment in which it was created and the way it stores data. Knowing these pieces of information provide us with important metadata that enable us to begin assessing genres, providing an entryway into the appraisal as well as the arrangement and description of electronic content.
The fast growth of scientific and non-scientific digital data, as well as the proliferation of new types of digital content, has led – among many other things – to a lot of innovative work on the concept of the identifier. Digital identifiers have become the key to preserving and accessing content, just as physical identifier tags have been the key to accessing paper-based content and other physical entities for millennia.