Information Management

Professional journal on records and information management.

Articles from Vol. 38, No. 6, November-December

A Framework for EDMS/ERMS Integration: Integrating Electronic Document Management Systems (EDMS) and Electronic Records Management Systems (ERMS) Ensures Records Are Designated as Such and Receive the Special Treatment and Protection They Deserve
Assume that an organization has decided it must have electronic records management systems (ERMS) capability. Records managers, information technology (IT) managers, attorneys, and executives have examined the costs and benefits of continuing to keep...
Amazon's New Offering Manages Searches
With its new startup, A9.com, Amazon.corn has stepped into the search engine wars. A9's free search service features advanced technology it says will take searches beyond mere retrieval of Web pages to let users more fully manage the information...
Businesses Improve Cyber Security
According to the Global State of Information Security 2004 study conducted by CIO and CSO magazines and PricewaterhouseCoopers, companies' security practices improved overall in 2004, though their security resources did not significantly increase....
EU Data Storage Plan Sparks Debate
A European Union plan that would require telecommunications companies to store their customers' e-mail, text messages, and wireless and landline telephone data for an extended period of time is causing heated debate among EU member countries. The...
Government Failing at Information, Computer Security
A Government Accountability Office (GAO) audit of 24 of the largest U.S. agencies found that only seven are in compliance with a law requiring them to certify and accredit their information systems' security. Among the 24 agencies reviewed by GAO...
IBM, Mayo Clinic to Mine Medical Data
The Mayo Clinic and IBM are cooperating on an ambitious program to eventually use computers and electronic records to design individualized patient treatments. According to The Wall Street Journal, the multi-year collaboration involves one of the...
Intelligence Is Essential
Many books, analysts, and experts have declared that the business world is moving from the Information Age to the Age of Intelligence. In other words, the focus is shifting to how the information is used. There have been numerous stories--many making...
Patriot Act Provision Ruled Unconstitutional
A federal judge recently struck down a key surveillance provision of the USA PATRIOT Act, ruling that it broadly violated the U.S. Constitution by giving federal authorities unchecked powers to obtain private information. The decision by U.S. District...
Professional Certification: Does It Matter? What Are the Benefits of Professional Certification, and Why Should Records Managers Pursue It?
In today's rapidly changing and increasingly competitive workplace, distinguishing yourself from the competition can be challenging, to say the least. How can you illustrate your professionalism, your advanced level of skill, experience, and understanding...
The Information Shortcomings of 9/11: One of the Most Important Lessons of September 11, 2001, May Be That Informational-Not Organizational-Solutions Are Necessary as Organizations and Governments Evolve from the Information Age to the Intelligence Age
On July 22, 2004, the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (the 9/11 Commission) released its revealing report on the al Qa'ida assault on the homeland. Among other things, it documents the shortcomings in American law enforcement,...
The World Moves toward Freedom of Information: An Increasing Number of Governments Have Enacted Freedom of Information Legislation in a Move toward More Transparency, While Others Are Making It Harder to Gain Access
On January 1, 2005, the United Kingdom's Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)--which Parliament passed in 2001--will go into effect. The United Kingdom is one of more than 50 countries around the world that have adopted freedom of information acts facilitating...
Turning Cost and Liability into Enterprise Value
Successful leaders know that without quality information, quality decisions are practically impossible. They acknowledge that there are costs to properly managing their documents and data, but also admit they're wary of the potential price they might...
U.S. Tests New Flyer Screening Program
The 9/11 Commission has recommended expanding the no-fly list airlines now check to keep suspected terrorists off planes, which would require consolidating as many as 12 secret lists maintained by different intelligence agencies. It also urged the...
Web Sites as Recordkeeping & Recordmaking Systems: Web Sites Are Important Sources of Organizational Records; Not Properly Capturing Such Records in Trustworthy Recordkeeping Systems Is Risky
On March 2, 2004, the Washington Post broke a story concerning lead contamination in the District of Columbia's drinking water. Neighboring Arlington County, Virginia shares the same source, and the article noted discrepancies in the county's public-facing...
Why Records Cooperatives? for Participants, Records Cooperatives Provide Local Governments with Worthwhile Benefits Including Efficiency, Economy, and Performance
When Benjamin Franklin said, "We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately;' he did not have in mind reinventing local government. However, Franklin espoused a concept that has found subsequent application in towns, counties,...
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