by Tyler 

Documentation – to record, by writing or media, an event (or series of), generally for the sake of posterity or archiving. Documenting is a way to preserve history (memory), fact, or research to be looked upon later for a separate use. Documentation marks that something happened in a particular place at a particular time. It frequently intersections with the issue of representation as there is inherently a hand (however soft) of bias from the documenter in selecting what is and isn’t recorded and how this is done. Documentation has a role in every field or discipline. It is essential for humanity in that it maintains the fact of our continuance. Documentation can serve a personal use or a public, collective one. In terms of the latter, the documented material has a third party audience which is in the mind of the documenter always. Documenting can serve as a way to honor a life, event, or people; it can also be used to hold individuals or groups of people accountable to the truth. In this way, documenting can either take place in the present or report on things past—in either case, documentation should deal with true events.