Compound Record Links
Government of Canada Records Management Metadata Standard - compoundRecordLinks
[To be actioned by Treasury Board of Canada, Secretariat before publication]
Identification of linkages of the constituent parts of a record.
To identify the constituent parts of a record.
To preserve the relationships between/among all constituent parts of a record.
To ensure a complete record may be reconstructed.
"As well as the content, the record should contain, or be persistently linked to, or associated with, the metadata necessary to document a transaction, as follows: … c) the links between documents held separately but combining to make up a record should be present." ISO International Standard 15489-1, s. 7.2.1
"In order to define the content of the record or any aggregation, its logical and physical structure and its technical attributes, and in order to document the relationships that records may have between each other, metadata about the record should…m) document the links between records or between an individual record and the broader record aggregation of which it is a part." ISO Technical Specification 23081-1, s. 9.2.1
"Metadata about records should accrue on an ongoing basis. These metadata will define changes in the logical and physical structure and technical attributes of the record, as well as describe new contexts in which the record is used. It should also document new relationships with other records or aggregations." ISO Technical Specification 23081-1, s. 9.2.2
Unique non-enumerated strings.
Applicable at record level only.
Mandatory, if applicable.
Conditions of Application - Record
Pre Record Declared Locked
Post Record Declared Locked
Conditions of Application - File
Comments and Guidance
a) Explanation of Definition/Usage
This element is for building compound records. Without this element, it would be impossible to create a complete record for processes like e-mails. In such cases, the body of the email must be linked to its constituent parts (i.e. its attachments) in order to ensure the complete record is captured, preserved and can be reconstructed.
This element is best intended for records that are automatically and intrinsically linked.
b) Best Practices
Recommended best practice is to record the Identifier of each of the constituent parts of the compound record.
Once the record is locked, the value is not modifiable since it is needed to ensure that the entire record can be reconstructed. Before the record is locked, the user can modify the value by means of deleted or adding constituent parts, e.g. by breaking a link to one graphic and linking to another.
This element is mandatory, if applicable, in order to build a complete record of a business transaction.
d) Default Values/Auto-populate
This element is auto-populated by the EDRMS and intrinsically links emails within an EDRMS.
This element is linked to Identifier as it provides the unambiguous identification of a record.