Email Preservation: Glossary and Key Terms

On September 19, 2011, in Research, by Chris Prom

In order to  understand how to preserve (or fix) something, you need to understand the lingo.  Once you know what the key terms mean, you’ll understand a lot more about how systems interact toward a common goal.

In other words, during the process of putting together my email preservation guidelines, which are now nearing completion of the first draft, I found it extremely useful to actually define the terms used; it was not until completing this task that I felt like I was really beginning to understand exactly what email is and how email actually moves around the Internet and might be preserved.  Although not all of the terms I ended up defining can fit in the final report, and although some of the texts need to be further refined, I put a copy of my full glossary under the resources section of this blog:

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