Information Management

Professional journal on records and information management.

Articles from Vol. 43, No. 2, March/April

An Opportune Time to Prove RIM's Value
While most of the world is preoccupied with faltering economies and big-time bailouts, records managers know that the need to properly manage and preserve records at this time in particular must remain - or become - a top priority. In these uncertain...
Australian Web Filter Plan Criticized
CENSORSHIPThe Australian government is testing a nationwide web-filtering system that has been widely criticized as undemocratic.The plan will require Internet service providers (ISPs) to block access to thousands of sites containing content deemed by...
Bush Gone, but E-Mail Problems Linger
GOVERNMENT RECORDSLess than a week before the Obama administration moved into the White House, the Bush administration was ordered to turn over any electronic devices that may contain e-mails from between March 2003 and October 2005, a period from which...
Can NARA Handle Onslaught of Bush E-Records?
ARCHIVESNational Archives officials estimate that the electronic records of the George W. Bush years are about 50 times as large as those left by the Clinton White House in 2001, and they include everything from top-secret e-mail plans for the Iraq war...
Cooperative Process for Minimizing Discovery Burden, Expense
The challenges associated with discovery in the world of increasingly voluminous and complex electronically stored information (ESI) are well documented. These challenges call for a different approach to how parties interact with respect to meeting their...
Cost Containment: Through a Robust RIM Program
The December 2006 amendments to the U.S. Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP) codified parties' obligations regarding the identification, preservation, and production of electronic information in response to a discovery request. This activity, colloquially...
Data Breaches Skyrocket in 2008
DATA SECURITYThe Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) monitors five groups for data breaches annually (see chart). It found that the financial, banking, and credit industries have remained the most proactive groups in data protection over the past three...
EU Launches Online Library
LIBRARYThe European Union has launched a massive online digital library that promises to bring Europe's cultural heritage to the world.The Europeana online digital library - www.europeana.eu - allows Internet users to browse the British library without...
FACING THE ECONOMIC STORM: Navigating RIM Programs through Hard Times
Business unit managers can help steer their programs through the current economic storm by providing leadership, capitalizing on new opportunities, and planning for the future.The United States and many other nations are experiencing the most severe...
Federal Court Sides with Cheney over Retention of VP Records
GOVERNMENT RECORDSIn January, a federal judge ruled that former Vice President Dick Cheney has discretion in determining which records created during his eight-year tenure must be retained. U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly ruled that, absent...
How to Successfully Implement an E-Records Management Program
Recognizing the need for collaboration, the records management and information technology departments of the company highlighted in this case study partnered to implement a successful enterprise-wide electronic records management program.Building on...
Nationwide E-Health Records by 2014?
E-HEALTHPresident Barack Obama has plans to standardize and computerize all health records within five years as part of his effort to boost the U.S. economy.But experts say the hurdles are great. For example, only 8% of the nation's 5,000 hospitals and...
Obama Executive Order Limits Privilege for Presidential Records
GOVERNMENT RECORDSOne of President Barack Obama's first orders of business after moving into the Oval Office was revoking one of George W. Bush's most controversial orders involving presidential records. On his first day in office, Obama signed his own...
Obama Gets Approval for 'First Smartphone'
INFO SECURITYU.S. security officials have approved a high-tech, spyproof, $3,350 smartphone for Barack Obama so he can be the first sitting president to use e-mail.Media reports said the Sectera Edge, made by General Dynamics, is capable of encrypting...
Outgoing NC Gov. Decides E-Mail Should Be Saved
E-MAILOn his last day in office January 9, North Carolina Gov. Mike Easley signed an executive order declaring that e-mail messages are public records and should be saved.The move shocked news organizations that sued him over the issue last year. The...
Technology Tips for Cutting E-Discovery Costs
There is one sound always associated with announcing the estimated costs of electronic discovery. It is a gasp. Sometimes accompanied by a wheeze of pain, sometimes by a grunt of reluctant acceptance, and sometimes by a curse of protest. No matter how...
U.S. Education Dept. Updates Student Privacy Rules
PRIVACYThe U.S. Department of Education has implemented new regulations meant to clarify when universities can release confidential information about students. The move is meant to reassure school officials that the government will not second-guess their...