Posts Tagged information management

Investing in Information Management in Aidwork

Information managers can manage useful and useable information for the period it is needed.  Social Media 4 Good sheds light on the need for trained information managers in aid organizations.  The proper structuring of data is detrimental in many organizational contexts, and especially so in the event of a disaster where information use and analysis is necessary and immediate.

In any aid organization, thought towards the management of data may only occur after the fact resulting in ad hoc practices and band-aid solutions not ideal for the long term use of information.  Haphazard collection and compilation of data ultimately produce inconsistent and unreliable information. Quite broadly, unlike many public institutions whose activities must be transparent to citizens or corporations who are accountable to their stakeholders and shareholders, aid agencies differ in that they have no such pressures to make information on their activities available.

In an article by Timo Lüge of Social Media 4 Good, Lüge reviews some of the consequences of poor information management in the humanitarian work of aid agencies.

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32nd Meeting of European Coordination Committee on Human Rights Documentation to be hosted by Open Society Archives

The Secretariat for the European Coordination Committee on Human Rights Documentation (ECCHRD), in collaboration with the Open Society Archives (OSA) and HURIDOCS, announced its invitation to the 32nd meeting of the ECCHRD.

The ECCHRD is the European network within the HURIDOCS global network of documentalists and librarians of human rights organizations.  The aim of this network is to improve access and dissemination of public information on human rights through more effective, appropriate and compatible methods and techniques of information handling.

The meeting brings together persons working on documentation, information, and communication within human rights organizations and institutions and is used to discuss human rights documentation issues such as developing standards in human rights documentation and the usage of new information technologies in the human rights documentation context. The meeting aims to build and strengthen the cooperation among European human rights documentation institutions.

This year, the OSA will be hosting the meeting in Budapest, Hungary on May 30-31.  A major topic this year is open source library management systems.  See the list of systems compiled by Daniel D’Esposito of HURIDOCS here.

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New UN Resolution for ICTR & ICTY Archives

The ICA Human Rights Working Group (ICA HRWG)  announced that on December 22, 2010 the United Nations Security Council adopted  Resolution 1966 (2010) creating a body to continue to unfinished business of the Tribunals after they officially close.   The body, called the “Mechanism,” will have two seats: The Hague and Arusha, Tanzania, where the two tribunals now sit.   Article 27 gives the Mechanism the responsibility for “the management, including preservation and access” of the Tribunal archives.  The archives “shall remain the property of the United Nations.”

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Partnership Opportunity for RIM Growth in 2011 with RIMA Foundation

Yesterday I received the following message announcement from the organizers at Records & Information Mangement Awareness Foundation (RIMA Foundation).  The RIMA Foundation is an Nigerian-based organization committed to promoting the proper management and security of records and information:

The annual Records and Information Management Awareness Workshop & Exposition (RIMAW), the Africa’s premiere and only dedicated information management and security event in its seventh year provides a forum for IT, marketing, business and information management professionals to find unlimited relevant advice, educational content and to compare solutions in a unique gathering.

Building upon the successes of previous events since 2004, RIMA Foundation a Non-profit NGO would like to call on corporate organisations and individuals in the industry for a partnership opportunity as we prepare for the 2011 edition of this prestigious event slated for October 2011.

Why you need to partner with us:

• meet your 2011 Strategic plan to reach the RIM Market in Africa speedily and effortlessly
• show case your products and services
• have the opportunity to meet and networking with users, senior level decision-makers and practitioners in the industry
• coverage on all event materials
• links and banners on website
• distribution of your product’s information at the event to every delegate and speaker
• interaction with highly focused, motivated, engaged and receptive audience in a relaxed environment

Other Opportunities at RIMAW 2011 includes:
• paper presentation
• media sponsorship
• special product presentation/demonstration
• exhibition
• welcome drinks
• conference dinner
• lunches and breaks etc are well attended and provide exceptional exposure for your partnership

With a truly international audience, the conference provides an excellent opportunity for you to demonstrate your support for the ongoing cause for the development of the RIM Industry especially in Africa by being involved as a partner. We have put together a number of different packages, which we hope will enable a wide range of organisations (both private and public) to participate.

We also welcome advice, comments, and suggestions on how to make this year’s event bigger and better from you all.

More RIMAW 2010 Pictures are available on Facebook at:!/album.php?aid=198259&id=168327532894

For details, interested organisations and individuals should contact:

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RIMAW 2010 – Africa’s first Dedicated Information Management & Security Event

I post this event announcement a month too late (the event took place on August 27, 2010).  However, anyone aware of my interests know that the advancement of information access practices in this part of the world is of particular interest to me.  This event focused on information management’s role in security issues.  I want to share the discussion post I received below from ARMA International:

The Records and Information Management Awareness Workshop & Exposition Africa (RIMAW 2010), where information management and security professionals address the trends and challenges of today whilst tapping into the huge potentials of the IMS market in Africa.

Connect and contribute in the unrivalled free education programme in Africa, where prominent global experts excite debate and industry practitioners share case study experiences. Enjoy the vibrant ambiance where international solution providers like you showcase current and emerging technologies and deliver practical, professional & technical expertise that proffers solutions to information management and security business challenges.

Why Exhibit?
RIMAW Africa provides the fastest path to market your current products or services to the emerging IM market in Africa and is the perfect promotional platform/avenue, with captivating audience who has immediate purchasing needs. Meet directly with your market and build on current or new partnerships in the exciting and vibrant atmosphere of RIMAW 2010 Africa.

Be sure to follow this organization if you would like to register and/or participate in this event next year.

Photos of this event are posted on RIMA’s Facebook page.

Visit RIMA’s homepage.

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