January 22, 2015

ARMA Houston 2015 Spring Seminar Call for Speakers

ARMA Houston is soliciting speakers for its annual Spring Seminar, scheduled this year for April 21-22, 2015. Proposals are due by Jan 31; additional details available at http://www.armahouston.org/?page=2015_Conf_C.

Emmitt Leahy Awards Nominations Open

From the nominations and applications page:
Any living individual who has had a major impact on the field of records and information management is eligible to be nominated. Nominations may be submitted by any individual, organization, or institution.  Nomination letters should be sent electronically to Ken Thibodeau, Chair of the Leahy Award Committee (chair_leahy_committee@emmettleahyaward.org) by March 1, 2015. 
More details and past winners available at http://www.emmettleahyaward.org/.

White papers and registration

Since this is my own personal blog, I get to do what I want with it within my own ethics and values. One of the things I like to do is link to resources I find useful and that I think would be of value to my colleagues in the information management industry. I don't care whose name is on the cover of a white paper - association, vendor, analyst, consultant, fishmonger - but rather the value of its contents.

In order for me to link to a resource, I have to be able to see it. That is, I don't just post links to random resources that sound interesting - I read it first and link based on that.

I am also against the practice of requiring registration in order to access those resources. That's one of the most significant points of value and differentiation I find in blogs in fact. So that means that if a resources is gated behind a registration wall, even one as simple as name and email address, I won't review it and I won't link to it regardless of the source.

I know why content providers do this - there are a number of reasons in fact depending on the organization.That's their choice to keep content out of the public discourse. But it's my choice to disregard content that isn't freely available. After all, to paraphrase the oft-heard quote, "if you aren't paying for the product, you are the product." I'd rather they be honest and put a price or microprice tag on it, or provide it as part of a subscription model.

Comments welcome; however note that this is my opinion and does not reflect any position of my employer, past, present or future. Note also that you are quite unlikely to change my mind.
CGOC: Information Governance Needs to be Part of the Strategic Discussion.

January 20, 2015

Call for Nominations for the Carl E. Weise Scholarship Award for Information Governance

Pleased that AIIM is recognizing our late colleague Carl Weise with this new scholarship.

Details are available at http://info.aiim.org/digital-landfill/call-for-nominations-the-carl-e.-weise-scholarship-award-for-information-governance. The deadline to apply is February 15.
McKinsey: Fully networked organizations achieve higher technology impact from their social-technology use than others, even in unexpected areas.