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A rehash on DIRKS

This is a rehash of an article published in 2012, but still relevant today DIRKS – a Tool for Achieving Better Business Outcomes Few people outside of the records management sector are familiar with the DIRKS methodology. What is DIRKS you ask? DIRKS stands for the...

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Classification Definitions and Sources

In my next few posts I'm going to write about building classification schemes. So it's probably a good idea to explain the definitions I use upfront. Before you take me to task, bear in mind that my context is the information governance space, and while I make...

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The dark art of classification

Everywhere I go people are creating classification schemes. All sorts of people are doing it: programmers, business and data analysts, information and enterprise architects. Mostly they are doing it because they are in the process of building an information system and...

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Building an Enterprise Framework for Data Governance

We live in an age where data is used to represent what happens in the real world –operations are being transformed from hands-on experience to a data and process model. Data is now used to describe our business – people, places, events etc. Enormous efficiencies can...

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Classification – more than just searching

Some of my favourite quotes about classification are from Organising Knowledge:  Taxonomies, Knowledge and Organisational Effectiveness by Patrick Lambe. Taxonomies are at the same time deceptively simple and fiendishly...

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5 Information Governance Essentials

In the age of Big Data and advanced analytics, apps for eveything, mobile computing, cloud computing, etc here are my top 5 recommendations for better information governance. 1. Invest in Cross functional training All staff who work in IM need to be able to see the...

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Recordkeeping and Digital Transition WRT Child Protection

Tomorrow (June 1) is International Day for Protection of Children. At the Digital Mandate conference in Canberra yesterday, David Fricker (Director General of the National Archives of Australia) and other speakers, eloquently put the case for Digital Transition....

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C is for Continuum

The Records Continuum A consistent and coherent process of records management throughout the life of records, from the development of recordkeeping systems through the creation and preservation of records, to their retention and...

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Are records managers the next technology refugees?

The Australian government’s digital transition policy intends to move all Australian government agencies to digital recordkeeping over the next few years. It’s not hard to see why. Commonwealth agencies are currently spending $200 million plus a year storing paper...

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“It’s time for Information Governance”

This article by Barclay Blair was the first in a series about Information Governance published in CIO Update. It provides good definitions and examples of information governance and helps to establish records management's part within the bigger information management...

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Defining an IDEAL Information System

Information management systems are complex beings, often over-engineered, commonly dysfunctional – as far as end users are concerned. Most established "records management" systems have been shaped by compliance requirements and “industry” standards (more about this in...

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