An electronic document is
- in the broader sense, any type of structured or unstructured information that is available as a file as a closed unit in an IT system .
- a file which is protected against forgery and alteration by special methods , the evidential value of which in a legal transaction is equivalent to that of a written statement, legal remedy or document . This can be a scan , a text, a table of numbers, an image or any other file converted or created by digitization (conversion into a binary code ), which fulfills certain standardized conditions.
- a physical travel document or proof of identity ( ID card ) that is additionally equipped with a storage medium that provides the data corresponding to the document in an unchangeable form in a wirelessly readable form ( RFID chip ).
The properties that the term is intended to represent are not firmly defined due to the various uses and ongoing technical development.
- Electronic signature
- Digital certificate
- Electronic file
- EDI agreement
- Definition of document in document management
- Definition of the archive school Marburg, with references, 2010
- Justice Communication Act ( BGBl. 2005 I p. 837 ) (PDF; 205 kB)