20 years ago today, part 7: The rise of electronic recordkeeping standards

This post is a continuation of a series of reminiscences and predictions on all things
information management, to celebrate 20 years of Metataxis.

Records management was starting to come into the 21st century. It had been in those basements for millennia, so it’s modern area was going to take some time to get here! InterPARES and the European Commission’s  “Moreq” (Model Requirements for Electronic Records and Document Management) significantly helped it along the way. This heralded the start of RM in the modern age. Fast forward twenty years, and we now have (kind-of) sophisticated RM systems, but they still have a way to go to be easily usable.

20 years ago today, part 6: Records management emerges from dusty basements

This post is a continuation of a series of reminiscences and predictions on all things
information management, to celebrate 20 years of Metataxis.

Records management was slowly coming out of  dusty basements as we stated to get to grips with the definition of electronic records – the now familiar authenticity, reliability usability and integrity of records. A range of shocking events, culminating in September 11 had made both business and digital continuity de rigueur days after paper had rained from the sky in lower Manhattan. Organisations were finally getting their heads around ERMS systems as important lifecycle management tools.

20 years ago today, part 5: Why do I need data privacy?

This post is a continuation of a series of reminiscences and predictions on all things
information management, to celebrate 20 years of Metataxis.

Twenty years ago, managed privacy of your data was a vague hope. We were all at the mercy of a mushrooming number of online providers (some well-behaved, many not). A whole generation grew-up with social media where openness was the norm. That generation then realised what we old-timers had been saying: that such openness was not always good. The world noticed these concerns and government bodies took action. And from the EU, GDPR was born.

20 years ago today, part 8: Strap on your jetpacks

This post is a continuation of a series of reminiscences and predictions on all thingsinformation management, to celebrate 20 years of Metataxis. Let’s now look to the future… Guessing what the future will hold is easy, guessing right is hard.

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20 years ago today, part 4 Knowledge management: vital or fad?

This blog is a continuation of a series of reminiscences and predictions on all things
information management, to celebrate 20 years of Metataxis.

“Knowledge management” was fashionable, with many KM systems being expensively developed. In reality this was an over-hyped technology that even now has limited uptake. Users were too busy grappling with the more fundamental information management (as they still are) before they had the headspace to think about KM systems. That said, I think that some implicit KM systems are in use today:  M365 of course, if you set it up right…