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ARMA Joins Signatories in Calling for Sound IM During Crisis

Monday, May 4, 2020  
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Today, ARMA International joined six information management organizations as a signatory in a statement asserting that good records management practices must not be dismissed or neglected during a crisis. The statement builds upon today’s UNESCO release that says records management can help turn a threat like COVID-19 into an opportunity for greater support of “documentary heritage.”

ARMA and the six signatories advise governments and other organizations around the globe to document their transactions now and for the future because "the duty to document does not cease in a crisis, it becomes more essential.”

The statement calls for transparency during these unique times for the purposes of accountability and so that lessons learned can be archived for future crises.

“In these current circumstances, records may be at risk as new ways of working are rapidly adopted without the usual processes and infrastructure,” the release says. Proper documentation, according to the statement, can help assure these records remain available for business continuity, research, innovation, and guidance for future generations.

Joining ARMA as signatories are the following organizations:

  • International Conference of Information Commissioners
  • International Council on Archives
  • Digital Preservation Coalition
  • Research Data Alliance
  • World Data Systems

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