For my US readers, I’d like to a call out the very perceptive comments that James Lappin provides on his “Thinking Records” blog regarding the DPC Preserving Email event and in particular Steven Howard’s presentation. They really are worth a read, since James has a good perspective on where the records management market and trends are heading. In this respect, it is well worth readings James’s interesting comments regarding the MoReq2010 specification, the European analog to the DOD 5015.2 records management specification in the US, and to the ICA functional requirements for electronic recordkeeping. (As a side note, I understand from a comment by Adrian Cunningham’s comment on James’s blog, that the ICA will be offering detailed implementation guidance for that standard, aimed at lower-resourced archives.)
Both of the points cited above, as well as the other thoughts recorded by James on his blog, are really useful for archivists trying to get a sense of emerging trends in records management practice and software implementation. They are helping to shape my Preserving Email Report, as I make the push to complete it over the next few weeks.