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Blog The Principles


Integrity is all about the corporate information being reliable and authentic, the reliability of training and direction to employees, the reliability of all the systems infrastructure hardware and software in the Corporation and about adhering to the policies and procedures of the Corporation. Integrity is one of my favourite principles because this is where the […]

Blog The Principles


Protection talks about security of information systems, protection from outside leaks of information and the confidentiality of the information. Protection also talks about auditability. Where do I start with protection – I guess at the beginning First of all there needs to be a corporate policy on information and it should have a few key […]

Blog The Principles


The Retention Principle is really all about keeping things for the correct amount of time for federal, state, provincial, local and regulatory requirements. For instance, the normal process for retention in a records management program would be to list those records that have come up for disposition like accounting records that would be kept here […]

Blog The Principles


The second principle transparency is about documenting the records process, having a program conducted in a clear and appropriate way. The words lawful and appropriate are the key words here. The Maturity Model regarding transparency runs through various incarnations from “we don’t have anything documented” in 1 right up to “documenting things in this organization […]

Blog The Principles

WesternIM and the ARMA Principles (Generally Accepted Recordkeeping Principles) – Accountability

In this series, my intent is to speak to each of the Principles by way of the IGMM (Information Governance Maturity Model) http://www.arma.org/r2/generally-accepted-br-recordkeeping-principles/metrics . I will discuss all of the five levels but in most cases a 3 is a great place to be for most organizations. What is a maturity model? Most of the […]