Poor information governance practices affects everyone in an organization, all the way to the customer. This interesting topic came to us from Above the Law in their article, “Information Governance: The Foundation Of eDiscovery Projects.”

Information governance involves managing the creation, use, storage, and distribution of data, records, and information maintained by an organization. It goes beyond electronic discovery and tangible documents by encompassing ideas, concepts, and practices. It also implicates compliance with laws and regulations pertaining to records retention, information security, and the privacy, confidentiality and disposition of information.

Long before there was electronic discovery, there was records management. ARMA International is the largest information management organization in the world and has been around for over six decades. Now that almost all information is created on a computer, there should have a more holistic view of the value and the efficient, collaborative use of information.

It is important to remember that Information governance is not a technology or a tool, not just policies and practices, it is an organizational undertaking and mind-set designed to organize information for the benefit of the company.

Melody K. Smith

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