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Records management – resources for the professional


This in no way attempts to provide a comprehensive list of all records management resources available in the UK, what it does provide is some essential resources I’ve found myself regularly consulting in my professional duties.

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How to subscribe to an RSS feed


What’s all this RSS business, and why do people keep wanting me to ‘subscribe’?

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Open source software: building profitable solutions for people


In the computer software market there is a movement that is gaining tremendous momentum throughout the world. It promises a way out of the trap that has been snaring businesses and consumers. A trap that forces them to pay for a dizzying collection of services that they are unable to modify, and probably don’t want. Read the rest of this entry »

HowTo: Setting up an ad-free blog on a budget in the UK


We’ve all seen them, those swish looking professional sites featuring regular updated articles that everyone is always linking to and which seem to attract all the traffic. Maybe you’ve a pile of content itching to be let loose with your creative juices or you’d just like to show your family what you’re up to without looking like an amateur – see Freddie the Magnificent for an example of that. Either way, here’s how to set up a blog that looks as professional as punch and will hardly cost you a dime. First thing is to decide on a domain…

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Seven ways for records management to green your business


Most of us are aware of the chilling environmental catastrophe lurking around the corner if we don’t do something drastic now to lesson our tread on the planet’s fragile ecosystem. Here are some no-nonsense, effective tips to not only alter your behaviour to save the planet but make considerable long-term cost and efficiency savings for your organisation’s accounts too.

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Early day motion on freedom of information and fees


Further to the post below, the DCA recently issued the following announcement:

At 10am today, 16th December 2006, the Department for Constitutional Affairs published the consultation document ‘Draft Freedom of Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations 2007’.

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The National Archives: providing inspirational leadership


Bright, enthusiastic and driven to bring information management to the fore in the minds of the nation’s leaders, Natalie Ceeney, the youthful ‘Keeper of the Records’ at The National Archives delivered an inspirational opening address to the delegates of the twenty-first Records Management in Government conference in Newcastle on the 4th of October, 2006.

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Disaster recovery planning: prepare your records now


Disasters in a records management context involve situations that could cause irrevocable damage to an institution???????s records. As far as both paper and computer records are concerned, disasters can range from a small fire setting off some sprinklers to the complete flooding of a basement where an organisation???????s records are stored, to a slow leak into a vital records holding which ruins an important client???????s records. The loss of such records may sound somewhat trivial, but the resulting legal action can potentially be catastrophic.

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Online records and knowledge management events calendar


There are a number of sources for training seminars, workshops, conferences and other events in UK knowledge, records and information management sector, but none seem to bring them all together. Enter the Information Handyman’s Information Calendar:

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HowTo: Putting the FOI Monitor into action


A help file to assist you with using the free Freedom of Information Act monitoring software available from the ???FOI Monitor’ link above.

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