A Resolution for the New Year

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A Resolution for the New Year


The beginning of a new year is an opportune time to make resolutions to change or to do something differently in the next 12 months and beyond. Some resolve to improve their physical or mental well-being by losing weight, exercising more, shopping less, or going back to school. But it is also a good time to evaluate your professional life to see what you can do differently to improve your job, your department, your organization, and your profession. It is a time to set goals for the future.

For 2003, records and information management professionals might consider this resolution: to build on the increased awareness of the strategic value of information management that emerged in 2002 and become even greater assets to their organizations.

This issue of The Information Management Journal gives you a head start by highlighting some technologies that can greatly improve your job and the way you do it. In light of a few infamous events that came to the forefront last year, protecting and preserving records and information is more critical than ever, and there are technologies out there right now that can help make these processes more efficient and effective.

For example, Ray Ganong provides a compelling argument for electronic vaulting as a clear improvement on traditional inhouse data backup and recovery functions in "The Emergence of E-- Vaulting." In "The Challenge of Web Site Records Preservation," John Phillips addresses the challenge of Web site records management. …

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