The Office of the Chief Archivist of Lithuania is a government agency, which participates in the shaping of national policy in the field of management and use of documents and archives, as well as implements this policy, supports the Chief Archivist of Lithuania in the carrying-out of state administration of the field of documents and archives.



More information about work of a particular state archive is available on its website.


General Principles of Electronic Document Management

An electronic document management system is a part of document management system of an enterprise functioning on the basis of information technologies and intended for preparation, handling, including into accounting, storage and deletion of electronic documents.

Electronic documents created and received by the institution and related to the activities of the institution must be registered in the system to substantiate their formality and to ensure search and access possibilities. Electronic documents created or received by an institution and registered in the electronic document management system must be systematized according to the institution documentation plan. Electronic files are created from electronic documents created or received by an organization. Complete electronic files of an institution must be accounted for and the storage period of electronic documents is calculated from the end of the year of completing (closing) an electronic file.

In order to preserve electronic documents, they must be periodically “updated”, i.e., transferred (copied) to new technical storage media and, if necessary, transferred (converted) to new formats that meet the requirements of the most recent software.

With regard to the above, applicable Electronic Document Management Regulations provide for the possible actions of preservation of electronic documents in an institution (updating the storage media, changing the package, reversible conversion) and the procedures of preservation of the electronic document content and evidence of validity of electronic document signature.

After the set minimum electronic file storage period expires, the expertise of electronic documents is carried out and the decision is made regarding further storage or deletion. Electronic documents registered in the electronic document management system of an institution may not be deleted before a decision to delete the electronic documents is made and approved.


Updated by: Andrius Zilnys, Dokumentų ir archyvų valdymo ir naudojimo skyrius
Updated: 2020-11-11 13:45