Information governance is a term becoming more familiar and frequent with each passing day. Few will argue the point that new sources of information and methods of disseminating that information are growing exponentially. The need to manage that ballooning information flow grows on a parallel track, whether we like it or not. This is where information governance can help get a handle on managing that information growth. The Sentinel Record out of Hot Springs brought this interesting information to us in their article, “Arkansas Records Management: explains information governance.”

Information governance is a holistic approach to managing corporate information, specifically by implementing processes, roles, controls and metrics that treat information as a valuable business asset. Information governance goes beyond retention and disposition to include privacy, access controls, and other compliance issues. Information governance includes consideration of how data is held and controlled. Additionally, metadata often accompanies electronically stored data and can be of great value to the enterprise if stored and managed correctly.

All records management systems need a system of indexing to create findability. We know that indexing against a strong, standards-based taxonomy can ensure comprehensive search results. Access Innovations is one of a very small number of companies able to help its clients generate ISO/ANSI/NISO compliant taxonomies to produce comprehensive results.

Melody K. Smith

Sponsored by Data Harmony, a unit of Access Innovations, the world leader in indexing and making content findable.