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The frameworks and tools listed below represent the foundational best practices established by ARMA International to guide professionals with the most comprehensive approach to managing and governing records and information. These resources have evolved, and will continue to evolve, along with the profession and represent one of the most valuable and sought after benefits available to ARMA members.
The Principles® (Generally Accepted Recordkeeping Principles®) constitute a widely leveraged global standard that identifies the critical hallmarks and a high-level framework of good practices for records management, records and information management (RIM), and information management programs.
Published by ARMA International in 2009 and updated in 2017, the Principles are grounded in practical experience and based on extensive consideration and analysis of legal doctrine and information theory. They are meant to provide organizations with a standard of conduct for governing information and guidelines by which to judge that conduct.
Developed through a collaboration of ARMA volunteers and leading information management and information governance experts, IGBOK is the first comprehensive reference of IM and IG best practices, giving more authority to both professions, their professionals, and our industry.
The ARMA Guide To The Information Profession (originally, the Information Body of Knowledge [InfoBOK]) is the community-driven open source body of knowledge for the Information Profession. An Information Professional is anyone who, for one of their major job tasks, manages or governs information (content, data, documents, knowledge, or Records), the systems that contain information, or the policies and practices by which information workers must abide.
The ARMA Guide To The Information Profession ("ARMA Guide") establishes the major areas of knowledge which must be attained to successfully be an Information Professional and provides a common terminology, understandings, and strategies amongst the various sub-disciplines of the Information Profession.
The ARMA Guide is also available in an expanded version with commentary, analysis, and put in the larger context of a comprehensive understanding of the Information Profession in the book INFORMATION: The Comprehensive Overview of the Information Profession by Nick Inglis, also available through ARMA for purchase.
The Information Governance Maturity Model (Maturity Model) is based on the Generally Accepted Recordkeeping Principles® (Principles), as well as the extant standards, best practices, and legal/regulatory requirements that surround information governance and describes for each Principle the characteristics of effective information governance at five distinct levels of development.
The ARMA Information Governance Implementation Model is a useful tool to connect the various stakeholders of Information Governance. From risk mitigation through to value generation, the ARMA Information Governance Implementation Model helps bring a common understanding and unified implementation series that bridges policy and technology through seven critical areas.
With an expanded scope that encompasses more than 100 new entries from key information governance (IG) disciplines, this PDF version of the fifth edition of the glossary now defines more than 1,000 terms from disciplines that intersect with records and information management (RIM), including security, privacy, audit, legal, information technology, archives, and business management. From the definitions of records management and information management, to the question of "What is IG?" the glossary has expansive coverage.
Records and information management (RIM) professionals at all stages of their career can use Records and Information Management Core Competencies, 2nd Ed. to identify their proficiency in each of six defined domains: Business Functions, RIM/Information Governance Practices, Risk Management, Communications and Marketing, Information Technology, and Leadership.
Based on Records and Information Management Core Competencies, this publication is a guide for creating effective records and information management (RIM) job descriptions at four different levels – from entry to executive.
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