Welcome to the May/June 2015 issue of Information Management!

The decades-old challenge of digital preservation continues to be a major concern for information professionals, including several authors who contributed to this issue of Information Management. Read about the causes of and solutions for digital degradation in the cover article, as well as about the preservation of electronically stored information, preservation of cultural heritage, and the implementation of content management and records and document management software by clicking on the individual article links below or by visiting http://imm.arma.org to browse this issue.





Digital Vellum and Other Cures for Bit Rot
Marc Kosciejew, Ph.D.

In the 20 years since digital preservation expert Jeff Rothenberg sounded the alarm about the danger of losing digital information – and our historical legacy – several methods of ensuring long-term digital preservation have been explored. Learn about the challenges and potential solutions in this article.


Generally Accepted Recordkeeping Principles® Series

Using the Principles to Guide EDRM Software Decisions
Julie Gable, CRM, CDIA, FAI

The Generally Accepted Recordkeeping Principles® provide the framework an organization can use to determine the functionality an electronic document and records management (EDRM) system must have to ensure information integrity, availability, protection, retention, and disposition. Successfully implementing an EDRM, though, is dependent on the organization’s ability to provide the specific information needed for the EDRM to automate information governance policies, procedures, and processes – such as the appropriate classification scheme and properties for various types of metadata.


Avoiding the Hammer: Defensible Strategies for FRCP Proposed Rule 37(e)
Katherine Aversano, J.D. and Joe Starnes, J.D.

Following these four principles for developing and implementing a preservation program for electronically stored information will help your organization be prepared for e-discovery and avoid adverse inferences, default judgments, and whatever other steps a court may take to restore “evidentiary balance” under the FRCP proposed rule 37(e). As a bonus, it will also aid with satisfying public disclosure requirements and accessing historical organizational records.


RIM Fundamental Series

Taming the Information Explosion with Enterprise Content Management
Shiva Hullavarad, Ph.D.; Russell O’Hare, Ed.D., CRM: ad Ashok Roy, Ph.D., CBA, CIA

As the fuel that powers each organization’s unique business processes, information must be captured, processed, accessed, measured, integrated, and stored effectively and efficiently. Implementing enterprise content management (ECM) can be a good solution for organizations to manage their information throughout its life cycle.


Case Study Sub-feature

Culture and Community: IG in the Global Arena
Nancy Dupre Barnes, Ph.D., CRM, CA

Because information governance (IG) professionals must embrace a modern, cross-cultural work environment, being attuned to cultural practices and sensitivities is important for successful collaboration with information stakeholders. Cultural stewardship also depends on IG, as shown in this case study about the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization World Heritage work to preserve cultural sites throughout the world.


In Review
Making Sense of Brontobytes
Judy Vasek Sitton, CRM

Think Bigger: Developing a Successful Big Data Strategy for Your Business explains what big data is, provides examples of how organizations can and have benefitted from it, and offers a big data roadmap for implementing suggested ideas.

Up Front
News, trends, and analysis of interest to you and your organization


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