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
The 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 the...
Bush Gone, but E-Mail Problems Linger
Less 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 millions of...
Can NARA Handle Onslaught of Bush E-Records?
National 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 to...
Cooperative Process for Minimizing Discovery Burden, Expense
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] 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...
Cost Containment: Through a Robust RIM Program
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] 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...
Data Breaches Skyrocket in 2008
The 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 years....
EU Launches Online Library
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The 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...
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 recession since the Great Depression of the 1930s. Financial institutions are collapsing, companies are downsizing, and the retail industry is reeling. The current economic...
Federal Court Sides with Cheney over Retention of VP Records
In January, a federal judge ruled that former Vice President Dick Cheney has broad discretion in determining which records created during his eight-year tenure must be retained. U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly ruled that, absent any evidence...
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
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Building on its successful implementation of an e-mail management program, the company featured in this case study turned to holistic e-records management. From its inception, the project's fast pace drove its success....
Nationwide E-Health Records by 2014?
President 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
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] One of President Barack Obamas 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...
Obama Gets Approval for 'First Smartphone'
U.S. security officials have approved a high-tech, spy-proof, $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 top-secret...
Outgoing NC Gov. Decides E-Mail Should Be Saved
On 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
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] 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...
U.S. Education Dept. Updates Student Privacy Rules
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The 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...