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Compliance : Sarbanes Oxley : e-discovery : Information Maturity Model

How Does eDiscovery Affect How We Save Our Information?


White Paper Explains how the Electronic Discovery Reference Model Can be Enhanced by the Generally Accepted Recordkeeping Principles®
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Ronald Hedges
United States Magistrate Judge (retired)
ARMA International

The Electronic Discovery Reference Model (EDRM) begins with a node titled Information Management, which recognizes the relationship between the normal information handling practices of an organization, and the impact those practices have on the electronic discovery process. Yet, it falls short of describing standards or best practices that can be applied to the complex issues surrounding the creation, management and governance of electronic information.

A new white paper authored by former United States Magistrate Judge Ronald J. Hedges, addresses the topic of how the Generally Accepted Recordkeeping Principles® (GARP®) Information Governance Maturity Model can provide guidance in both investigations and litigation.

ARMA International's GARP® framework is designed specifically to provide a scalable, broadly applicable framework to address information management issues as they pertain to litigation and recovery. The information handling practices of any organization (regardless of size, industry sector, private or public ownership, etc) has a direct impact on its ability to adequately support and defend its actions.

“The relationship between an organization’s information-handling practices and the impact those practices have on its ability to respond to electronic discovery is recognized in the EDRM. But, the EDRM falls short of describing standards or best practices that can be applied to the complex issues surrounding the creation, management and governance of electronic information,” said Hedges.  “ARMA International’s Generally Accepted Recordkeeping Principles® and its Information Governance Maturity Model are designed specifically to provide a salable, broadly applicable framework to address these issues.”

By focusing on the internal needs of organizations, including their obligation to respond to government investigations and to engage in litigation, the Information Governance Maturity Model offers an invaluable approach to records management that may be of assistance to any organization interes