Friday, June 17, 2011

The Glory of the Hunt - Searchable Records

Trending topics in the records world these days are e-discovery, security, and collaboration. I propose however, that the most valuable skills record-keepers have to offer in the 21st century is the the power of search.

Search falls in the Generally Accepted Recordkeeping Principles (GARP (C)) under "Availability", An organization shall maintain records in a manner that ensures timely, efficient, and accurate retrieval of information.

Why do I claim this is skill is valued over the others? Because any records system passes or fails on it's ability to deliver. If it can't promise to give your information back when you need it, why would you use it?

Over the next few days, I'll highlight the power of search; some of the advanced tools that we should be familiar with as records professionals, why the hunt is its own reward, and some technical marvels on the horizon.