The French theoretician Louis Althusser always insisted that it was not individual answers, but the questions to which the answers were given, that define the value of a solution. It is clear that we have all accepted GCDOCS as an “answer” – but to what problem?
Category: Information Management
It was the Sunday morning before Christmas and all through the night a steady snowfall had blanketed the city. I was digging out my driveway, hacking through the wall of ice and snow at the end of my driveway when it struck me how similar shovelling snow is to electronic records cleanup. read more
Like many Government of Canada (GC) information management (IM) and records management (RM) employees tend to do at this time of year, Systemscope’s IM Practice also joined in on the annual ARMA-NCR IM Days event.
During my career as an IM professional I have been asked to fulfill a variety of roles including coming in at the crack of dawn to publish web pages just in time for a Minister’s press conference, explaining why it might not be a good idea to email a colleague the reasons you dislike a staff member and divining structure from the trackless expanses of departmental email.
The GCDOCS Endstate – 7 Things Your GCDOCS Implementation Must Do To Ensure Proper Records and Information Management
GCDOCS is coming – have you thought about what it could look like once it’s implemented? What will go in the system? Will it encompass document management? Records management? How will users be affected? It is crucial to take the time to paint the “endstate” of your implementation to ensure that GCDOCS fulfills your departmental RIM needs and expectations.
As per the Treasury Board Secretariat (TBS) Directive on Recordkeeping, Government of Canada (GC) departments are required to identify information resources of business value (IRBVs) which enable or support their mandates. But what does this really mean?
This is my poster presentation from the ARMA Canada Conference in Saskatoon. It outlines the major shift in emphasis required in order to provide information to users in a way that meets their usability expectations based on an “internet-like” filtering and browsing experience offered by so many commercial websites. The emphasis must shift, as we so often say, from “filing information to using information”. This experience is made possible by way of faceted classification, which in turn requires a well thought out and logical information architecture to provide its metadata. At the bottom is the “Core Information Architecture Model”, which outlines the key metadata requirements for any object within an information system.
Download the poster here: ARMA Canada Poster – Information Usability
This year’s ARMA Canada Conference saw the idyllic city of Saskatoon transformed into a hotbed of Records and Information Management (RIM) thinking and debate. The theme “mining for information” provided a platform for a slew of forward-thinking presentations that challenged many long accepted notions within the Canadian RIM community. Some exciting themes that emerged from this year’s conference include: