I see documentation and history as serving similar purposes; in short, if one knows what came before them, it builds a sense of identity.  With that, I see documentation as a process of building representation and identity.  This knowledge of identity can also serve to shape future actions both for the self and for others.  Documentation is a process that is frequently contingent on how the ‘documentors’ want their findings to be used in the future.  Because of this, documentation can be oriented in completely different ways.  Documentation can also be an important way for communities to build intimacy with one another, based off of shared histories.  For many organizations, funding depends on the ability to document in ways that show measurable outcomes.