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The clinical records management community is currently enjoying an interesting debate regarding the need for interoperability standards for electronic trial master file (eTMF) content. The need for organizations to efficiently exchange documents and metadata between systems is becoming increasingly critical, … Continue reading
Despite making significant investments in fire protection facilities, it seems our records can still be at risk. Metrofile, a large commercial document storage vendor based in South Africa, suffered from a devastating fire last week at their Westmead, Pinetown facility. The … Continue reading
The British Standard BS 5454 Recommendations for the Storage and Exhibition of Archival Documents has been in existence in one form or other since the late 1970’s. Throughout this period, it has been a fairly succint document (last revision contained … Continue reading
When it comes to destroying records at the end of their retention period, I’m guessing that most records managers and archivists will have a well-established program to ensure such records are destroyed securely. There are industry standards for secure destruction, … Continue reading
A large fire struck Iron Mountain’s document storage warehouse and headquarters in Aprilia, Italy late on Friday 4th November 2011. According to news reports, the entire building was enveloped in flames causing substantial damage to the building and, presumably, to … Continue reading
The International Organisation for Standardisation has just released the second part of its standard for long-term digital preservation of documents, ISO 19005-2:2011. The first part of the standard (ISO 19005-1) was issued in 2005 and describes the file format PDF/A … Continue reading