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Documents Defined

Documents are a specific type of semi-structured information leveraging an information container referred to as a "document". Historically, documents were paper-based with modernization giving us scanned versions of those papers. Today, documents are becoming more frequently referred to as "business objects" as the document space continues to adapt and modernize.

This graphic is taken from the ARMA Guide to the Information Profession.

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 The ARMA Guide to the Information Profession

The ARMA Guide to the Information ProfessionThe 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.

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 Modernizing Document Management Webinar

Document management (DM) has been around for decades, but many organizations still see it the way it once was. The fact is, DM is an essential part of the information ecosystem – not just a standalone application – and it must be viewed in a more holistic sense.

With recent enactments of regulations like GDPR and CCPA, the time is now to rethink and modernize your approach to document management and your information ecosystem so you can align your compliance programs, better manage your risk, and take optimal advantage of technologies that enhance your operational capabilities.

Presenters for this webinar are Bob Larrivee and Randy Sanders.

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