Resources for Information Management and Preservation What is Documentation?

What is Documentation is a practical handbook aimed at human rights defenders who gather and manage information. The text explores the following topics: 

  • what is documentation
  • why document
  • how to seek and acquire information
  • how to record and organise information

What is Documentation was originally published in 2003. Since then, technology has grown more sophisticated and the demands of human rights work have evolved. However, many of the ideas and approaches contained within remain applicable today. 

For human rights defenders who require an introduction to the history and basics of documentation, this handbook is a good place to start.

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