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Information Governance: Consortium Founded to Reform and Modernize IG

By Dick Weisinger

The Information Governance Initiative (IGI), a cross-disciplinary consortium and think tank, with the goal of reforming and modernizing information governance, was recently formed.  The group will publish research, benchmarking surveys, and guidance for practitioners of information governance.

Specific areas where the IGI hopes to contribute governance insight include:

  • Business Management
  • Compliance
  • Data Science and Analytics
  • eDiscovery
  • Finance
  • Information Security
  • Privacy
  • Records Management
  • Risk Management

Barclay Blair, founder and executive director of the IGI, said that “I believe information can be a positive transformative force in the world – improving business, government, and the lives of people in all walks of life. But I also believe that these benefits are not automatic, and in fact will only be the result of sustained, proactive efforts to understand and manage information in a better way. I believe that there is a need for like-minded people to come together and find this better way. A forum for ideas, facts, and techniques. An initiative that pushes the market forward and builds information literacy.”

Jason Baron, co-chair of the IGI, said that “I see the IGI’s mission as sounding a call to arms that current information practices are unsustainable in our increasingly big data world, and that IG solutions exist that better leverage new technology and smart practices.  Unless corporations and government agencies take more concerted actions, information overload and mismanagement may pose a serious threat to the economy and even to the justice system itself.”

Peter Baumann, CEO of Active Navigation, said that “we are pleased that there is now a unified platform for organizations in this space to share and advocate for improved data management.”



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