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Welcome to the November/December 2018 issue of Information Management

Information Management Magazine -September/October 2018 With this issue, we wrap up our 52nd volume year and look forward to exciting changes the New Year will bring for Information Management magazine. Front and center will be a move from the digital format we’ve used the past several years to an online presentation that will eliminate log in problems and make the magazine more accessible and shareable. The new site, which we’ll unveil in January, will be similar to Information Governance Magazine published by the Information Governance Coalition, which merged last month with ARMA International.

Also debuting in May of next year will be a research-based, academic-focused issue that will feature peer-reviewed articles and executive summaries of research solicited and refereed by the ARMA International Educational Foundation (AIEF). This issue features two articles based on 2018 AIEF research reports, including "Big Bucket Retention Objectives, Issues, Outcomes" by William Saffady, Ph.D., FAI.

We’d like to know about your organization’s use of big bucket retention schedules. Please visit our latest poll at to select the answer that best applies to your organization. You can also take or check the results of previous polls at

Access this issue by clicking on the individual article links below or by visiting here to browse the issue. (If you need help navigating the format, please refer to our FAQs.


InFocus: A Message from the Editor

Clouds, Buckets, and Cryptocurrencies, “Oh, My!”

Vicki Wiler 

Up Front: 

News, trends, and analysis of interest to you and your organization  




Lost In The Clouds: Liability For Personal Information Breaches

John C. Montaña, J.D., FAI

This article summarizes several U.S. Court decisions regarding  liability in breaches of personal information collected by third-party service providers on the behalf of other  organizations. This is just one aspect of a study of information management-related cases that was solicited by the ARMA  International Educational Foundation and underwritten by the ARMA Metro New York City Chapter.

The content below is available exclusively to professional and associate members of ARMA International. Others can learn more about this and the other benefits of membership by visiting our membership page or contacting our membership team at for personal assistance.


Fellows Forum

Blockchain Redux - Cracking the Code on Cryptocurrencies

Nancy Dupre Barnes, Ph.D., CRM, CA

This article focuses on a facet of blockchain – cryptocurrencies – which are also known as virtual currencies, crypto coins, digital assets, or digital coins.

Big Bucket Retention Objectives, Issues

William Saffady, Ph.D., FAI

Fifteen years after its introduction by the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration as a strategy for improving federal agencies recordkeeping performance, the big bucket approach to record retention is in common use. This article summarizes an interview-based study of the objectives, issues, and outcomes of current big bucket retention initiatives in 14 organizations. The study was conceptualized and underwritten by the ARMA International Educational Foundation,



Tips from the Trenches

Answers to FAQ

Judy Vasek Sitton, CRM, FAI

This article answers the question, “With fingerprint security technology now used in so many businesses for secured door access, what category does it fall under (e.g., personally identifiable information? How is the data deleted upon employee termination?”


In Review

New Edition on Metadata Use Provides ‘Tutorial’

Sarah R. Demb

David Haynes’ Metadata for Information Management and Retrieval: Understanding Metadata and its Uses, 2nd ed. uses examples of document-based content, museum objects, and digital resources to reveal how metadata operates, from the perspective of the user and the manager.


In Review

To Improve Your Information Systems, You Must Understand the Architecture

Brett Wise, IGP, CRM, FIP, CIP

In Information Systems: Process and Practice, Christine Urquhart and a group of highly respected researchers explore how information architecture can help information professionals meet the challenges of today’s technology-driven world and capitalize on the power of data management.


ARMA: For Your Information

Association News: Fellows, Britt Literary, Other Winners Named at ARMA Live! 2018

Information Governance Body of Knowledge Published

ARMA International, Information Coalition Merge


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