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Records Management Program <[log in to unmask]>
Thu, 7 Jun 2018 22:03:21 -0500
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Until last month I hadn’t heard of *diplomatics*. It’s the discipline of
studying historical documents, and comes from the word ‘diploma’, as in
‘verifying that someone hasn’t faked their records’ (I’m paraphrasing
here). But this discipline of verification has some useful lessons for
journalists — particularly data journalists — because it provides a very
handy framework for picking apart what makes a record (data) credible, and
what we should be looking out for when establishing that.

Particularly useful are three terms that are used to distinguish different
aspects of a record’s credibility: authenticity; reliability; and accuracy.

Dallas, Tx
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