Georgetown 2013: Building a Better Info Governance Practice

The inaugural information governance track at the Georgetown Advanced eDiscovery Institute examined ways to create a strong IG practice in the era of Big Data.

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The inaugural information governance track at the Georgetown Advanced eDiscovery Institute examined ways to create a strong IG practice in the era of Big Data.

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  • Robert

    "Building a Better Info Governance Practice" - Indeed. In law firms throughout the USA IT departments dictated how technology would be used regardless of who the users are and what they did with the software. There were very few standards or best practices being recognized by IT departments. All that changed in the 1990's when John Carlin, Archivist-NARA asked the military for help. He wanted the military to help create a set of functional baseline requirements for electronic records management applications (RMAs) to address the operational needs such as; defines a required system interfaces and search criteria to be supported by RMAs; and describe the minimum records management requirements that must be met, based on current National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) regulations. The military responded by creating - Design Criteria Standard for Electronic Records Management Software Applications - DoD5015.2 on November 24, 1997, updated June 19, 2002.

    Companies who create RMA software must submit to a test. The good news is;

    1.All software that meets the functional baseline requirements would be placed on a list of certified software to do business with the federal government.
    (LegalKey, etc.).

    2. Records Managers know have a voice in how records are created, captured, stored and disposed of in their lifecycle (paper, electronic, microfilm, CD/ROM, etc.).

    3. Finance departments know have a voice in what software is needed (RMA) and how was the decision made and who approved the purchase (Firm wide Governance Committee-IT, Legal, HR, Records Management).

    Most law firms do not follow the USA DoD5015.2 standard and guidelines or the international standards -IS9000. Most law firms rely on their Senior Partners to put money for technology project without thinking about the consequences of their actions. Money down the drain...It is time for a governance plan.

    DoD5015.2 - If it's good enough for the military, federal, state and local governments it is good enough for law firms.

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