How does this Principle operate in practice?

Recognizing what may be a major academic finding or major scientific discovery is not always possible at early stages of a project.  Faculty are not expected to foretell the future.  However, this principle should be kept in mind and when it does happen that a finding or discovery is recognized as a breakthrough or of potential historical significance, the usual record retention practices that apply to such information should be reconsidered in order to determine if a larger than usual set of records should be archived for posterity.  For further information, please reference the guidance and appendices developed by the University Archivist and the head of Preservation, Conservation and Digital Imaging entitled Guidance for the Long Term and Permanent Preservation: Principle 6.

See also: Data Retention