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Alfresco 3 Records Management

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Alfresco 3 Records Management

Overview of this book

The Alfresco Records Management feature set is so complete that it is one of the very limited number of systems, and the only Open Source solution, that has been fully certified for Records Management use by the US Department of Defense. Record keeping is important because accurate records are really the only way that organizations can demonstrate compliance with regulatory requirements. The amount of regulation that organizations must comply with has gone up dramatically over the last decade, and the complexity of record management has increased proportionally.Alfresco 3 Records Management is a complete guide for setting up records programs within organizations. The book is the first and only one that describes Alfresco's implementation of Records Management. It not only teaches the technology for implementing Records Management, but also discusses the important roles that both processes and people play in the building of a successful records program.Alfresco 3 Records Management starts with a description of the importance of record keeping, especially from a regulatory compliance perspective. It then discusses Records Management best practices and standards, and goes on to describe step by step how to identify documents that need to be managed as records, how to use Alfresco Records Management software to set up the File Plan structure for organizing the storage of records, and then how to manage the lifecycle of the records.The book provides detailed instructions for installing and configuring Alfresco Records Management. The topics covered include setting up a record File Plan, filing records, establishing record retention schedules, setting up security and permissions, assigning metadata, extending the content model, using advanced search techniques, and creating system activity audit reports. The book also provides "deep-dive" information from a developer's perspective about how the Records Management module was implemented within the Alfresco Share platform.Alfresco 3 Records Management covers features available in both the Community and Enterprise versions of Alfresco software. By the end of this book, you will be able to successfully develop a records policy and implement it within Alfresco Records Management.
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Alfresco 3 Records Management
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The Records Management Content Model

At this point, we're fairly familiar with the Alfresco Content Model and we can now apply that understanding by looking at the components of the Alfresco Records Management model. The content model descriptor files for the Records Management model can be found in the tomcat\webapps\alfresco\WEB-INF\classes\alfresco\module\org_alfresco_module_dod5015\model directory. The content model is broken into two models and two files, namely, recordsModel.xml and dod5015Model.xml.

The Records Model

Let's look at the first file called recordsModel.xml. The relationships defined in that model file can be illustrated in the UML format, as shown in the next diagram:

Now, let's look in detail at how the file recordsModel.xml is constructed and the definitions that are in it.

The Records Model header

If we look at the top of the recordsModel.xml file, we can see the declaration of the Records Model and some header information about the author and version:

<?xml version...