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IRMS Conference 2017

Standards in Practice

We are seeing an ever-increasing range of information related legislation, standards and industry guidance operating at local, national and international levels. In spite of the plethora of standards, reports of data theft, loss and maladministration repeatedly hit the headlines.

n this theme we will address the questions:

  • Are information standards a help or a hindrance?
  • How can they be practically applied in a “real” world?
  • How do we balance freedom with control?
  • As public and private sector organisations alike seek to strengthen international partnerships and marketplaces
  • How do we develop common understanding of information management principles and apply consistent good practice across different jurisdictions and cultures?

Standards need support; we need to learn the best way to engage with senior management and garner such support as is necessary to legitimately protect the vital assets of the business, its information, and through this, its reputation.

Overcoming these challenges would enable us to a central role in helping our organisations win back public trust and confidence and remove barriers to effective communication, information sharing and collaboration.

Conference Sessions already confirmed in this Theme

S01 - Keynote 1 - Setting the record straight: Why records management matters more than PR

  • Heather Brooke, Journalist and author of "Your Right to Know"

How did PR become so powerful? Why do organisations put so much money into spin and so little into records management?

S02 - Preserving European Security & Defence Policy Mission Records

  • Stephen Howard, EULEX Kosovo

The European Union has recently launched an ambitious Rule of Law mission in Kosovo (EULEX). Over 3000 staff will be deployed, making it by far the largest European Security & Defence Policy (ESDP) mission to date. For further information about ESDP missions, see

The rapid build-up of the EULEX mission, its unique role, and its limited duration present many information management challenges. A Registry & Archives Expert was thus recruited by the European Union Planning Team in Kosovo at an early stage to assist in resolving these issues.

S06 - Recordkeeping in the Middle East: Experiences and reflections

  • Stephen Macintosh, Dubai Municipality

Stephen’s current position as Specialist Recordkeeper at Dubai Municipality has provided a great opportunity to reflect on, and learn about, recordkeeping in the Middle East. In this workshop he will share his experiences working in Dubai, discuss ISO15489 and DIRKS in the Middle East and ask the following questions:

Is recordkeeping portable across cultures and across nationalities? If not, why not?

S11 - BSI Standards

  • Alan Shipman, Group 5 Training

If you think that British (BS) and International (ISO) standards are developed by people with little or no subject matter expertise, then you are wrong. This session will explain how standards are drafted, how they are approved, and how you can have your say in which standards are developed and what they say.

S23 - The synergy of international information standards: aligning records management practice with risk and information security models

  • Elizabeth Lomas, Northumbria University

Elizabeth will look at the synergy between the various information standards and the challenges and drivers associated with aligning records management practice with risk and information security models. The theme is highly topical, not only because of the many high profile data losses from the public and private sectors, but also because the Records management standard (ISO 15489) is currently being revised to bring it into line with other standards, including the information security standard ISO 27001.

The presentation will demonstrate how working with standard frameworks, cross-domain professional partnerships can be forged and robust information management programmes delivered.


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