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does the appraisal module offer automatic classification?

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I wanted to know if it's possible to automatically appraise emails within the appraisal module. Specifically, classify emails based on their value? If yes, can the appraisal criteria be set up based on the organization's appraisal process? or are there pre-determined appraisal criteria that automatically appraise emails? If no, is this a step that might be added in the future?
Or is the appraisal module, a step in order to identify sensitive/restricted data within the email records?

Thank you,

asked Feb 15, 2018 by SophiaK (210 points)

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Hi Sophia,

The appraisal module is intended for email creators/donors, in collaboration with an archivist, to analyze and screeen their email for potentially sensitive, confidential, or legally protected information prior to transferring it to a repository. ePADD incorporates machine learning, natural language processing (including named entity recognition), and other functionalities (such as regular expression and advanced search) to help accomplish these goals.

Additional information can be found in documentation available through our website:

We'd welcome your thoughts about how ePADD might better assist you in appraising email in your collections. Please feel free to drop us a line here or via

Thanks much,

Josh Schneider
ePADD Community Manager

answered Feb 15, 2018 by Josh_Schneider (5,040 points)
ePADD is a software package developed by Stanford University's Special Collections & University Archives that supports archival processes around the appraisal, ingest, processing, discovery, and delivery of email archives.