Active Records – Records that are referred to at least once a month per cubic foot of records. Also – As a retention period for a Perpetual Record that remains "active" until some event occurs to change its status, at which time it has fulfilled its function. (See also Perpetual Record)
Administrative Records – Records commonly found in all offices and used in the conduct of daily business. These are typically retained for short time periods. Examples include subject, chronological, work plans, and policy files.
Archival Records – Records with enduring value because they reflect significant historical events, document the history and development of an agency, or provide valuable research data.
Damaged Records – Records that have been damaged by water, fire, and other forms of contamination during natural and man-made disasters. Dependent on the severity of the damage, records may be recovered or may need to be declared unrecoverable and destroyed.
Discovery – The pretrial disclosure of pertinent facts or documents by one or both parties to a civil action or proceeding. Anything requested during discovery must be disclosed if it exists – even non-records and records that should have been destroyed earlier. Discovery effectively freezes selected holdings until released by the opposing attorney or the court.
Email – Short for electronic mail, the transmission of messages over communications networks. The messages can be notes entered from the keyboard or may include attachments of electronic files stored on disk.
Inactive Records – Records that are accessed an average of less than once per month per cubic foot of records, but that have not completed their full retention period. These records may be stored in a separate location from active files. Also – a Perpetual Record that has fulfilled its function. (See also Perpetual Record)
Local Government – Government Code, Section 6252 states: "’Local Agency’ includes a county; city, whether general law or chartered; city and county; school district; municipal corporation; district; political subdivision; or any board, commission or agency thereof; other local public agency; or nonprofit entities that are legislative bodies of a local agency pursuant to subdivisions (c) and (d) of Government Code, Section 54952."
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Non-Records – Materials not kept in the ordinary course of business, such as transitory documents, voicemail, e-mail, unofficial copies of documents kept only for convenience or reference, working papers, stocks of publications and blank forms, and library or museum material intended solely for reference or exhibition. Also, documents such as rough notes, calculations or drafts assembled or created and used in the preparation or analysis of other documents. NOTE: A draft that contains substantive comments from a project applicant, an applicant’s attorney, consultant or agent, should be treated as a record of comments received from that source, and the draft or portions showing the substantive comments should ordinarily be retained accordingly (as amended by Resolution 05-185). (See also Discovery)
Permanent Records – Records that are required to be kept in perpetuity, usually identified by statute or other written guidance. Examples include original minutes, ordinances, resolutions, land grant deeds, etc.
Perpetual Records – Records retained as active files for an indefinite period of time and then stored or destroyed after some event takes place. Examples include personnel files which are active until a person terminates his employment; policy files kept until the policy is changed; contract files that are active until the contract terminates, then destroyed a fixed number of years later; current database information until it is superceded; etc.
Program Records – Records that relate to the primary function of the agency in response to its daily mission. Examples include lien files, recorders files, election files, probate records, medical records, etc.
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Public Records – For purposes of the California Public Records Act, any writing containing information relating to the conduct of the public’s business prepared, owned, used, or retained by any state or local agency regardless of physical form or characteristics (as amended by Resolution 05-185).
Records– A thing which constitutes an objective, lasting indication of a writing, event, or other information which is in the custody of a public officer and was kept because it is necessary or convenient to the discharge of the public officer’s duties and was made or retained for the purpose of preserving its informational content for future reference. Substantive written communications from individuals or entities who are not City employees, officials, or contractors would ordinarily be considered records (as amended by Resolution 05-185).
Records Retention Schedule– A list of all records produced or maintained by an agency and the actions taken with regards to those records. A retention schedule is an agency’s legal authority to receive, create, retain, and dispose of official public records. It assists the agency by documenting which records require office or temporary storage, which records have historic or research value, and which records should be destroyed because they no longer have any administrative, fiscal, historical, or legal value. In the event of litigation, courts accept a retention schedule as establishing an agency’s "normal course of doing business".
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Retention Period – The length of time a record must be retained to fulfill its administrative, fiscal historical and/or legal function. Then a record should be disposed of as soon as possible in accordance with an approved Records Retention Schedule.
Software – any system, program, application, instruction, or protocol designed to store, control or process data.
Vital Records – records required for daily operations and to resume those operations after a disaster. A Vital Records program protects records from the effects of the disaster and assists in recovery from the event.