Information Management

Professional journal on records and information management.

Articles from Vol. 39, No. 6, November-December

Armed with Knowledge, the Future Isn't All That Unpredictable
Wouldn't it be wonderful if accurately predicting the future were as simple as gazing into a crystal ball? We could determine exactly what technology to invest in, and we could predict the outcome of business decisions as well as which natural disasters...
Book Review: World View, but Common Problems
TITLE: Networked Communications and Compliance with the Law--A Concise Guide to the Legal Issues AUTHOR: Stephen Mason, Barrister ISBN: 1-85811-356-3 PUBLISHER: xpl law PUBLICATION DATE: 5th Edition January 2005 LENGTH: 229 pages ...
Canada to Increase Internet Surveillance
The Canadian government has proposed dramatic new Internet surveillance powers and has been criticized for the initiative. Justice Minister Irwin Cotler recently announced the federal government's aggressive plans to establish new Internet-related...
Electronic Health Records Could Save $81 Billion
According to a recent study published in Health Affairs journal, a comprehensive electronic health records system could save the United States $81 billion in healthcare costs each year and improve healthcare quality. But today, only about one-fourth...
EU Directive Promises "Limited Invasion of Privacy"
According to a draft version of its directive on data retention, the European Union will require service providers to retain all communications records for at least six months. The latest version of the directive, made public by the European Digital...
FBI Improves Recordkeeping Processes
After a few big-time bungles that included losing documents related to the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing case and mismanaging records about the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) says it has made significant strides in organizing...
Genetic Testing Prompts Legislation and Private Policy Development
As Congress considers federal legislation to ensure that information gleaned from genetic testing cannot be used to discriminate in hiring and healthcare coverage decision-making processes, one corporation with a large stake in promoting genetic data...
Google Delays Library Database
Google has temporarily halted its program to make searchable, digital copies of the vast contents of three U.S. university libraries after complaints from publishers and copyright holders. Google said it plans to give publishers the chance to opt...
Katrina Devastates Gulf Records: Hurricane Katrina Hit Records Hard. the Upside, However, Is That She May Have Convinced Those Still Relying on Vulnerable Paper Records to Enter the 21st Century
When Hurricane Katrina crashed into the Gulf Coast, she brought torrential rain, widespread flooding, and unbelievable damage. Towns were wiped off the map, families were separated, and lives were swept away. What Katrina did not batter and bruise,...
Katrina Wreaks Havoc on Records ... Lost Records Challenge Doctors
Hurricane Katrina victims lost everything, including their homes, insurance, and medical records. Without medical records, doctors were hard pressed to treat people who needed help but whose conditions and medications were unknown. The U.S. government...
Legal 101 for RIM Professionals: Understanding the Basics Will Guide RIM Professionals in Developing Policies That Adhere to the Law and Will Protect Companies in the Event of Legal Action
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] What exactly is "the law" and how does it affect the creation, maintenance, use, and disposition of business records? An understanding of these basics--how the U.S. legal system works; how "the law" by way of statutes, acts,...
Markey Seeks Protection for Outsourced Data
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] According to a report by U.S. Rep. Edward Markey's (D-Mass.) staff, global outsourcing of computer services and data processing is expected to grow 26 percent annually, becoming a $31 billion market by 2008. "More spending...
NARA Taps Lockheed for Archives Project
The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) has awarded a $308 million contract to Lockheed Martin Corp. to build the Electronic Records Archives (ERA) program. The program is needed to store and maintain the billions of electronic records...
New York Enacts Tough Data Breach Law
New York's new state law will force interstate companies to disclose virtually all data breaches, no matter how small the risk, and sets a precedent for cracking down on companies that do not notify customers of data improprieties. New York's data...
Standards: Building Blocks for a Strong RIM Program: Multinational Organizations Require Records Retention Programs That Are Founded on the International Records Management Standard and Ensure Global Coverage
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Because the advent of standards is a relatively recent phenomenon in the records and information management (RIM) profession and most records managers have not operated in standards-driven environments, the realization of...
Streamlining Enterprise Records Management with Lean Six Sigma: Process Created by Manufacturing Can Be Applied to Records Management with Substantial Results
As corporations toil to manage ever-increasing volumes of enterprise records, growing forces such as risk mitigation, changing legislation, and corporate governance are creating the need to manage information in a timely fashion. For some organizations,...
The New Face of Enterprise Search: Bridging Structured and Unstructured Information: New Technology Has Expanded the Scope of the Search Engine, Opening the Doors for Searches beyond the Traditional
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Enterprise search allows employees to search and retrieve information needed to accomplish professional activities in a manner compliant with their enterprise's information sharing and access control policy. Such information...
XML Marks the Future for Electronic Records: Learning about Extensible Markup Language Allows RIM Professionals an Opportunity to Determine How Electronic Records Will Be Stored and Searched
Thanks to extensible markup language (XML)--and its relatives and derivatives--there are powerful new possibilities for electronic records. Records and information management (RIM) professionals need to learn about XML and what it can do for their...