ARMA International and The Records and Information Management Practitioners Alliance (RIMPA Global), have jointly announced the establishment of the Global Information Consortium (GIC), tasked to become the voice of the information management profession. Both ARMA International and RIMPA Global work to promote best practices for professionals who manage and govern information assets.
The GIC, the organizations say, will create a global community that supports the integration of information management into the corporate and government footprint, while working to push effective and ethical management of information.
Via an online platform, information management experts will be able to communicate and exchange information on best practices, including the adoption of industry standards to ensure quality and consistency. That includes defining industry certifications and programs, standardizing information management terminology and language, and setting guidelines and standards for best practices.
Nathan Hughes, chief executive officer of ARMA International, noted that the GIC will also raise awareness on the risks associated with poor information management among policymakers, decision-makers, and the general public, and influence policies that promote privacy protection and fair access.
Further, the GIC aims to support career advancement of information practitioners through the development of research that will lead to new technologies, methods, and tools, key to advancing the profession and keeping up with new trends in data privacy, and cybersecurity as well as AI ethics.
Chief executive officer of RIMPA Global Anne Cornish said that the GIC will offer information management practitioners a stronger platform to advocate for their interests while staying aligned with their respective organizations, adding that the consortium will “establish information management as a recognized profession and career path for the benefit of future generations.”
Organizations specializing in records and information management, data management and analytics, information governance and compliance, privacy and security and more can apply to join the GIC as a Global Council Member for US$10,000 annually or as a Supporting Member for US$2,500. They can also become an Affiliate by invitation only.
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