I received a copy of Digital Discovery & e-Evidence, August 2005
published by Pike & Fischer. The Point of View by David A. Chaumette
discusses the impact of the Modifications to the Federal Rules of Civil
I find this quote very interesting: " . . . professionals will need to
divine the future, and implement visionary record retention policies,
practices, and strategies to protect corporate communications of all
types against legal action that may be brought years later."
I believe that the basic Records Management principles and practices of
records analysis provide that visionary product. It seems to me that
the problem with the electronic records is and has been that the
"records" have not been inventoried, organized, categorized, etc so that
retention policies and appropriate storage media and methods can be
When records and retention analysis is completed before/at the creation
of the records we will be able to maintain/retrieve and disposition the
records routinely, consistently and legally.
This Point of View is a cry in the wilderness of electronic records,
and yet a specialist in business litigation doesn't know this? Maybe we
should invite him to the ARMA Conference?
Thanks for listening, Mary
Mary W. Haider,CRM
Records and Information Manager
W.W. Grainger, Inc.
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