This study explored recent discussions, experiments, and case studies related to the appraisal of digital records, which was focused on datasets and websites. Based on this, it proposed what issues should be addressed for developing appraisal policies. To this end, it categorized appraisal criteria that can be applied to digital records, examined the arguments that in the digital environment total retention is necessary in the era of big data, and that selective retention is still necessary, based on the literature review. Subsequently, after analyzing case studies conducted on datasets and websites, the study dealt with what discussions should be made in terms of targets, tools, objectives of appraisal, and roles/responsibilities which used to develop appraisal policy.
This study addressed the following questions to reveal current debates and challenges; First, what appraisal criteria can be applied to digital records in general; second, is the appraisal activities still necessary in the era of digital environment and big data; third, what are the results that case studies produced for the appraisal of digital records; fourth, what changes are expected in the future regarding the appraisal. Based on these questions, it tried to reveal the main issues necessary to develop the appraisal policies that can be applied to various types of digital records created in the public domain.