Monday, 21 April 2008

From YouTube to YouManage: The need to democratise information management

I thought I would make available the text of the keynote presentation that I have just given at the RMS Conference in Edinburgh. The paper explores themes which will be familiar to readers of this blog, namely the challenges posed by the move to Web/Office2.0 and the way in which records management will need to radically change its methodology in order to remain relevant.

The only way I can see to achieve this is for us to control less and trust more: that is to trust the collective wisdom of our users to assist us in the management process. As ever, all thoughts and comments gratefully received and I look foward to continuing the discussion in Edinburgh with delegates over a beer in the bar this evening...

In fact the first feedback is now available via Keith Gregory's live blogging from the conference, worth a look for his take on all the sessions coming up over the next couple of days


Iain Gibson said...

Very interesting speech - had the pleasure of hearing it first-hand. I'd say that I'm in broad agreement with the underlying principles of a radical approach to RM. I'm not yet convinced that Internet models can work within organisations though. Speaking just from experience within the BBC, although web-familiarity is on the increase, I don't think we're anywhere close to having sufficient critical mass to make such ideas feasible. I think there's also a necessary distinction that needs to be made between what people will happily do on the Internet with managing their own material as compared with what they'd do with corporate material, where the same functions suddenly become onerous.

Steve Bailey said...

Hi Iain,

Glad you enjoyed it!

As you rightly perceived the object of the paper was primarily to promote the idea of radically re-thinking the way in which we implement RM. My proposals for a web2.0 based RM solution were only intended as one possible example of this. That said, personally I do see the day, and not too far hence, when we will need to go down this path. The (fire)walls of many of our organisations are becoming increasingly permeable and we will need to develop tools to enable us to retain an intellectual cohesion over what is likely to become an increasingly dispersed and fragmented environment for information creation and management.