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Friday, 29 August 2014


The Role of the Records Manager in an Open Government Environment in the UK

 Team Europe Research Project 03 (2013-14): UCL

"Think of the potential social justices, innovations and developments in a world where there is greater government transparency, participation, accessibility and accountability. In April 2014 I was given the outstanding opportunity to contribute to research, which will help to lead to such developments........" 

To find out more about Jessica Page's experience in researching Open Data, Open Government and access to information at the Department of Information Studies at UCL then please follow this link,


New Podcast - IRMS013 - Laurence Hart on Trends in Collaboration and Records Management Software.

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

IRMS013 - Laurence Hart on Trends in Collaboration and Records Management Software.

In our popular Podcast series James Lappin talks with Laurence Hart who gives his perspective on the the current state of enterprise content management systems. He provides a comparison of the product strategy of SharePoint with that of Alfresco, an assessment of the current state of adoption of the CIMS standard and why he believes the records management software needs a revolution to avoid having to rely on end users declaring records.

Laurence is a thought leader in the enterprise content management space. He writes the Word of Pie blog and has been a leading proponent of the Content Management Interoperability Services (CMIS) standard.

To listen to the Podcast please visit

New Podcast - IRMS012 - Barbara Reed on Records Management Theory

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

IRMS012 - Barbara Reed on Records Management Theory

In our popular Podcast series James Lappin talks with Barbara Reed to discuss the Australian contribution to records management theory, and in particular the development by Frank Upward and others on the records continuum theory.

Barbara describes what it was like working alongside Frank at Monash University in the 1990s as he began to formulate and articulate the theory.

Barbara's career has spanned both consultancy and academia - she is principal consultant at Recordkeeping Innovation, and is widely published in academic and professional journals.

To listen to the Podcast please visit

Kind Regards

Fiona Kearney
Communications Director

Podcast – Lee Meyrick in discussion with James Lappin on index engine and its uses in eDiscovery and information governance

Saturday, 25 January 2014

One of the interesting features of the records management landscape at this moment in time is the wide variety of different types of tools on the market. One of the things this podcast series hopes to do is to explore the different types of product on the market by talking to the vendors of the products themselves.

One source of the new types of tools is the eDiscovery market. Several eDiscovery vendors have added functionality to their products to enable them to serve wider information management uses.

Lee Meyrick Director of Information Management at Nuix discusses his company’s product.


The Alison North New Professionals Award 2014 - Just over a month left!

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Each year, The Information and Records Management Society awards recognised individual IRM professionals and this year is no exception.  Returning to your attention, in its fifth year of running, is the New Professional’s Award. Alison North has kindly offered sponsor this award.

Alison North is the author of the book ‘Managing Records Retention and Disposal’ and an authority on the implementation of records management programmes to improve business efficiency, promote transparency and achieve compliance. Alison has worked extensively as a consultant in both the public and private sector.

Alison is supporting the Society in inviting new members of the profession at all levels to engage with their colleagues in the ever-growing community that surrounds Information and Records.

Can I enter?

You are eligible for this award if you are within the first 3 years of your career in Record and Information Management, whether you are a student, employed or self-employed. There is no age limit.

If you have concerns as to whether you are in the qualifying period for this award, please email in advance to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

What do I write about?

No theme is too wacky, as long as it is based around the entrants’ issues, thoughts or experiences in Information and Records Management.

The Prize

Well, it is attendance at our Annual Conference in May 2014and comprises full delegate fees and accommodation, what’s more is that should the winner already be in receipt of an employer paid/fully sponsored place at Conference, then the prize will be equivalent monies to be used on IM/RM related books, DVDs and/or CPD!

When will I find out?

The winner will be informed before conference in time to allow them to make arrangement to attend conference but will be announced publicly at the Conference Gala Dinner Awards Ceremony, at which they will presented with an award certificate and trophy. Expect to hear from us between February and March.

Bring your best outfit, the conference gala dinner attracts a lot of delegates dressed in their best to dine and dance the night away; women in cocktail dress and Men in black tie.  Each year gets bigger and better so you definitely want to be there and what’s more, you want to be there as an award winner!

How do I enter?

A written piece of work between 1500 and 2000 words on a word file by emailing our Groups Officer, Scott Sammons at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Once the closing date has arrived, your application will be judged by a panel of IRM experts including Alison North herself. Don’t delay, apply today!

Closing Date: 31st January 2014

Following the announcement at conference, one of our 2013 winners had this to say about their awards;

“I heard about the IRMS Alison North New Professional Award on Twitter and marked it in my diary as something to think about at the start of December.  However, when I read the previous winners, I abandoned all hope of entering - I was not convinced that I had much of a hope, given the excellence of what had gone before.  At the last minute, I bolted together an essay influenced by one of my favourite films and then forgot all about it.  Several months later, I was surprised and delighted to receive news that I had won.

Before coming to the conference I ensured I had several films on my tablet as being an FOI officer I wasn’t convinced that spending three days at a records managers conference would offer me much and I did not want to get bored.  However, having said that the executive committee were so lovely, looking after me and the conference itself was brilliantly organised and really informative.  I learned so much about IRM and made some very good friends - truly, records managers do work and play harder than almost anyone else!

I would like to thank IRMS & Alison North for a wonderful weekend and for my award.  Regarding films that I put on my tablet? Two months later, I still haven't watched them!” Bilal Ghafoor, 2013 NPA winner.

Scott Sammons AMIRMS
Groups & e-Officer
Information & Records Management Society 

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