Off the Record: Data vs. Information Wealth in the Public Sector, Peril of Data Management, and EPA’s Slow Release of Records

Tune in monthly for a curated collection of articles we found interesting on a broad range of topics; some which are directly related to records management and others which might share common themes.

No, we didn’t write these articles —hence the name of this series, “Off the Record”—  but fortunately, we didn’t need to in order to share the knowledge with our subscribers.

Let us know in the comments below what topics you are interested in learning more about!


“Neglect data management at your peril” — Moneyweb

It turns out that electronic records management and data management have something extra in common; poor management and lack of forethought can be detrimental and used against your government. Both data and information management are in the spotlight not just domestically, but internationally as big business websites, government entities, and medical providers fall victim to cybercrime.
The responsibility of protecting this data, information, and records falls squarely on those who obtain it and, in the case of records, are responsible for providing continued access.

“EPA Under Fire for Slow Rolling Release of Public Records” — Government Executive

Public information acts, including the Freedom of Information Act on the federal level, have a time frame for turning over responsive information for a reason.  An array of open government groups have complained about the Environmental Protection Agency for their “selectively slow-walked responses to public requests for documents under the Freedom of Information Act”. While your government may not be under such insistent and watchful eyes as federal agencies, heeding the need to be timely and transparent with your information releases can only benefit your government entity.

“Government Is Data Rich, But Information Poor” — Government Executive

To use a metaphor most Texans will identify with, “data is a new strategic asset for organizations, like oil. But like oil, it isn’t useful until it is refined. That means turning it into information and insight”. The challenge lies not in access to data, government has more data than ever before, but in the processing and analyzing of the data to reveal insight into the future of work in the public sector.
Read the article for four trends as we look to the future. Do these resonate with your and your office?