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The primary focus of this site is the more recent timeline starting with the 1980s and expanding to future prediction of records and information management (RIM) technology adoption.
The three areas captured are
- Early RIM digital technology adoption
- RIM transformational digital technology adoption
- Projected RIM digital technology adoption
I will also explore the influences that impact records management technology adoption.
- Technologies that present a low level of risk and experience an increasing rise in market influence will have an increasing rate of adoption, therefore are very likely to have industry buy in and subsequent adoption.
- Technologies that present a high level of risk and experience an increasing rise in market influence will have a decreasing rate of adoption, therefore are less likely to experience industry buy in and subsequent adoption.
- Technologies that present with a moderate level of risk and experience an increasing rise in market influence will have initial increase in adoption with a gradual decrease as new technologies are introduced, therefore are likely to experience industry buy in and subsequent adoption.
From the caves of Lascaux to the papyri scrolls of Mesopotamia to the National Archives to the data vaults of today, we as a society have been creating records as long as we have been able to communicate. And as long as we have been making records, we have been struggling to hang on to what those records contain, information. Information is not just letters and numbers, or the digital 1s and 0s, the information is critical to who were and are and what we did and do. Archivist and records managers have been adapting and evolving to make that information last for generations to come. Continue reading
As the world becomes more and more computerized we need better working systems to manage our information. The management of information is not a simplistic topic or task: it is a complex ever changing reality. We as consumers are inundated with technological solutions that are sold on the premise of better information management. Some of these solutions fail to meet the diverse needs of a changing business environment, other are adopted successfully. Continue reading
My research has led me to think critically about the events that have led to the evolution of records and information storage. The historical milestones are subtle and born out of trial and error, necessity, and risk. There were points where disruptive technologies encouraged evolution but the adoption rate has been slow and calculated, not to mention controversial. I will discuss a few of the factors that delayed and encouraged adoption.
Carrier pigeons at one time were rapid communications and the pony express, well was express. Connecting loved ones, bridging the gap, conducting business, and building bonds between nations. We have been attempting to improve communications for decade. How can we make it faster, more intimate, and thoughtful? How can we stay connected? As technology has advanced we have seen out communication evolved to making communication work for us. Continue reading
As information evolved from stone tablets and papyrus scrolls to flash drives and terabytes, archivist and records managers are struggling to make the critical decision to convert information to digital format or to retain in current form. Not to mention how to handle digital information. Leaving records managers and archivists asking the question should we digitize and retain digital or not? Continue reading
The veins of mass media spread through society pumping and pulsing with a rhythmic surge of information. Message delivery is as rapid as a heartbeat and as diverse as individual cells. But what is feeding those veins that we are so dependent on? Is the information pure or tainted by corporate control? Are those veins carrying contaminants? Do we have as much control over what we are consuming as we think?
According to FreePress.net there are 6 big media owners that dominate content. The top 6 corporate owners are General Electric, Walt Disney, News Corp, Time Warner, Viacom, and CBS; each owning stake in advertisements, publishing, and additional product holdings. What this means for media consumers is a stream of tailored information. Big corporate would be stupid to not attempt to drive opinion (no matter the ethics). Continue reading