Social Media and the Records Management Professional – Part 1: LinkedIn

As I’ve noted here often, the fundamentals of records management haven’t changed in hundreds of years.  We manage information – regardless of the media on which it is recorded – effectively through all five stages of the information lifecycle: creation, distribution, use, maintenance and disposition. Until relatively recently, the information we have managed has been … More Social Media and the Records Management Professional – Part 1: LinkedIn

An Interview with Daryll Prescott – Task Force Lead for the Original DoD 5015.2 Records Management Standard

I was recently given the extraordinary opportunity to speak with Daryll Prescott, the lead officer in charge of the DoD’s original effort to standardize electronic records management across the entire Department of Defense.  The Task Force Daryll lead would eventually produce the first version of the DoD 5015.2 Electronic Records Management Software Applications Design Criteria … More An Interview with Daryll Prescott – Task Force Lead for the Original DoD 5015.2 Records Management Standard

An Open Letter to ARMA from a Records Management Professional at a Critical Turning Point in History

I have been a professional records manager for nearly 20 years. I started my career in the late nineties with a small software company that produced an ‘enterprise records management application’ which we marketed to both public and private sector organizations across the world. Since beginning my career I have held just about every position … More An Open Letter to ARMA from a Records Management Professional at a Critical Turning Point in History

The Disposition Imperative: My ARMA NOVA Keynote

I’ve been told that the Chinese word for ‘crisis’ is the same word they use for ‘opportunity’. Now I was born with a healthy level of skepticism, so I typically validate such things before I use them publicly. (God bless you, Snopes.com.) But I’m making an exception on this one and blindly assuming it’s true. … More The Disposition Imperative: My ARMA NOVA Keynote

Records Managers Manage Information – Both Unstructured and Structured

Information is data in context. This is what data looks like: 264, RE, 54648, AC123-987, 1290722580, S-02-473, 80, 120.00, 0.05, 1290786730 Doesn’t mean much of anything, right?  Here’s that same data in context: This is information. Records managers manage information effectively through its appropriate lifecycle – without any regard to the media onto which it … More Records Managers Manage Information – Both Unstructured and Structured

Email Records Management- Part 1: The Truth

A few years ago I wrote a widely-read and somewhat controversial article explaining why I no longer supported the US DoD 5015.2 records management functional standard. Up to that point, I had spent most of my records management career working very closely with DoD-certified products and publicly criticizing the 5015.2 Standard would ultimately cost me … More Email Records Management- Part 1: The Truth