Register February 2002 No. 554
Chapter Adm 12
Adm 12.01   Authority.
Adm 12.02   Purpose.
Adm 12.03   Scope.
Adm 12.04   Definitions.
Adm 12.05   Provisions.
Adm 12.06   Initial applicability.
Ch. Adm 12 Note Note: Chapter Adm 12 as it existed on November 30, 2000 was repealed and a new chapter Adm 12 was created effective May 1, 2001.
Adm 12.01 Adm 12.01Authority. This chapter is promulgated under the authority of s. 16.611, Stats., state public records, s. 16.612, Stats., local government records, and s. 227.11 (2) (a), Stats., to implement s. 16.61, Stats.
Adm 12.01 History History: Cr. Register, November, 2000, No. 539, eff. 5-1-01.
Adm 12.02 Adm 12.02Purpose. The purpose of this chapter is to ensure that public records in electronic format are preserved and maintained and remain accessible for their designated retention period.
Adm 12.02 History History: Cr. Register, November, 2000, No. 539, eff. 5-1-01.
Adm 12.03 Adm 12.03Scope. This chapter establishes defined requirements, standards and guidelines for state and local government accessibility of electronic public records from creation through active use, long-term management, preservation and disposition. This chapter does not require an agency to maintain public records in electronic format.
Adm 12.03 History History: Cr. Register, November, 2000, No. 539, eff. 5-1-01.
Adm 12.04 Adm 12.04Definitions. In this chapter:
Adm 12.04(1) (1) “Accessible" means information arranged, identified, indexed or maintained in a manner that permits the custodian of the public record to locate and retrieve the information in a readable format within a reasonable time.
Adm 12.04(2) (2) “Accurate" means all information produced exhibits a high degree of legibility and readability and correctly reflects the original record when displayed on a retrieval device or reproduced on paper.
Adm 12.04(3) (3) “Authentic" means the retained electronic record correctly reflects the creator's input and can be substantiated.
Adm 12.04(4) (4) “Content" means the basic data or information carried in a record.
Adm 12.04(5) (5) “Context" means the relationship of the information to the business and technical environment in which it arises. “Context" can include, but is not limited to, such elements as: the origin of the record; date and time the record was created; identification of the record series to which the information belongs.
Adm 12.04(6) (6) “Electronic format" includes information created, generated, sent, communicated or stored in electrical, digital, magnetic, optical, electromagnetic or similar technological form.
Adm 12.04(7) (7) “Information system" means a system for generating, sending, receiving, storing or otherwise processing data.
Adm 12.04(8) (8) “Legible" means the quality of the letters, numbers or symbols can be positively and quickly identified to the exclusion of all other letters, numbers or symbols when displayed on a retrieval device or retrieved by device or reproduced on paper.
Adm 12.04(9) (9) “Life cycle" means all phases of a record's existence: creation, active use, preservation and management through to disposition. “Disposition" includes permanent preservation as well as designation for destruction.
Adm 12.04(10) (10) “Meaning" means a record carries its original content, context and structure throughout its life cycle.
Adm 12.04(11) (11) “Public record" has the meaning given in s. 16.61 (2) (b), Stats.
Adm 12.04(12) (12) “Readable" means the quality of a group of letters, numbers or symbols is recognized as words, complete numbers or distinct symbols.
Adm 12.04(13) (13) “Reliable" means the electronic record produced correctly reflects the initial record each time the system is requested to produce that record.
Adm 12.04(14) (14) “Structure" means the appearance or arrangement of the information in the record. “Structure" can include, but is not limited to, such elements as heading, body and form.
Adm 12.04 History History: Cr. Register, November, 2000, No. 539, eff. 5-1-01.
Adm 12.05 Adm 12.05Provisions. State and local agencies shall comply with all statutes and rules relating to public records. With regard to public records stored exclusively in electronic format, state and local agencies shall do all of the following:
Adm 12.05(1) (1) Maintain electronic public records that are accessible, accurate, authentic, reliable, legible, and readable throughout the record life cycle.
Adm 12.05(2) (2) Document policies, assign responsibilities, and develop appropriate formal mechanisms for creating and maintaining electronic public records throughout the record life cycle.
Adm 12.05(3) (3) Maintain confidentiality or restricted access to records or records series maintained in electronic format, limiting access to those persons authorized by law, administrative rule or established agency policy.
Adm 12.05(4) (4) Utilize information systems that accurately reproduce the records they create and maintain.
Adm 12.05(5) (5) Describe and document public records created by information systems.
Adm 12.05(6) (6) Document authorization for the creation and modification of electronic public records and, where required, ensure that only authorized persons create or modify the records.
Adm 12.05(7) (7) Design and maintain new information systems so that these systems can provide an official record copy for those business functions accomplished by the system.
Adm 12.05(8) (8) Develop and maintain information systems that maintain accurate linkages, electronically or by other means, to transactions supporting the records created where these linkages are essential to the meaning of the record.
Adm 12.05(9) (9) Utilize information systems that produce records that continue to reflect their meaning throughout the record life cycle.
Adm 12.05(10) (10) Utilize information systems that can delete or purge electronic records created in accordance with the approved retention schedule.
Adm 12.05(11) (11) Utilize information systems that can export records that require retention to other systems without loss of meaning.
Adm 12.05(12) (12) Utilize information systems that can output record content, structure and context.
Adm 12.05(13) (13) Utilize information systems that allow records to be masked to exclude confidential or exempt information.
Adm 12.05 History History: Cr. Register, November, 2000, No. 539, eff. 5-1-01.
Adm 12.06 Adm 12.06Initial applicability. This rule first applies to public records stored exclusively in electronic format and to information systems acquired or substantially modified after the effective date of the rule.
Adm 12.06 History History: Cr. Register, November, 2000, No. 539, eff. 5-1-01.
Published under s. 35.93, Stats. Updated on the first day of each month. Entire code is always current. The Register date on each page is the date the chapter was last published.