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Information Management Defined

Information management (IM) is the practice of ensuring a consistent flow of organizational information through a defined lifecycle that starts with its conception or capture through to its archival or disposition. While information governance serves as the guideline for the organization's overall information strategy, information management is the tactical execution of that strategy.

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 Records and Information Management Core Competencies, 2nd Ed. (PDF)

RIM Core CompetenciesRecords 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.

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 The Principles®

The PrinciplesThe Generally Accepted Recordkeeping Principles® (Principles) constitute a generally accepted global standard that identifies the critical hallmarks and a high-level framework of good practices for information governance – defined by ARMA International as a “strategic, cross-disciplinary framework composed of standards, processes, roles, and metrics that hold organizations and individuals accountable for the proper handling of information assets. Information governance helps organizations achieve business objectives, facilitates compliance with external requirements, and minimizes risk posed by sub-standard information-handling practices. Note: Information management is an essential building block of an information governance program.”

Developed and published by ARMA International, 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, of all sizes, sectors, industry types, and geographic boundaries, with both a standard of conduct for governing information and guidelines by which to judge that conduct.

For a one-page summary of ARMA's Principles, click here.


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 Job Descriptions for Information Management and Information Governance (PDF)

Glossary of RIM TermsBased 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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Information Management Key Points

  1. Information management is the tactical execution of information governance.
  2. Information management is an umbrella term that includes systems and processes within an organization that handles the creation and use of information.
  3. Information management manages an organization's information as an asset.
  4. Information management encompasses people, processes, and technologies.
  5. Information management should enable individual information workers to connect to their organization's information.
  6. Information management should enable timely and relevant access to information.

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