Last week (Oct 22-25) ARMA, the Association for Records Managers and Administrators, held it’s annual meeting, ARMA International 2006 in San Antonio.Just prior to the meeting there was some speculation of a merger of ARMA and AIIM organizations, but that didn’t happen. One problem at ARMA is that it hasn’t done a good job of embracing the management of electronic records, preferring to concentrate more on the handling of paper documents. A tie-up with AIIM would have been able to marry a strong IT capability with the policy and procedural strengths in RM of ARMA. But the cultures between the two organizations are different, ARMA being driven more from users / RM practitioners and AIIM being driven by vendor organizations.Instead what was announced at ARMA International was a collaboration between ARMA and SNIA (the Storage Networking Industry Association).During the week at ARMA International, they emphasized the need for collaboration between Records/Information Management (RIM), IT, legal and security professionals to address the complexities of managing records and information. The tie-up with SNIA should help fill the needed gap in the area of IT.Some of the areas of collaboration between the two groups will include:– Publishing joint papers, like their new paper, “Collaboration: The New Standard of Excellence“.– Cross-Education and participation in each other’s conferences– Cross-promotion of the 100 Year Archive Task Force, an initiative started by SNIA that is global and multi-agency based, defining best practrices for long term digital information retention.With this announcement it looks like ARMA will be adding much needed IT expertise to their organization. The ARMA/SNIA alliance looks like it will be mutually beneficial for both organizations.
Amidst reports of violence during polling at Chopra under Darjeeling Lok Sabha seat and Islampur and Gwaltore in Raiganj seat, special observers appointed by Election Commission of India to West Bengal said that the polling has “more or less been peaceful” in the State.Ajai Naik, special general observer and Vivek Dube, the special police observer told journalists that the polling has largely been peaceful. “Small incidents will always occur but voting has been peaceful,” Mr Dube said. At Chopra’s number 180 booth, locals blocked the road alleging that Trinamool Congress was not allowing them to vote. A large contingent of police forces reached the area and resorted to baton charge and firing of tear gas shells. Voting started after four hours at the polling booth.Vehicle of the CPI(M) candidate Mohd Salim was attacked at Islampur. The CPI(M) MP blamed Trinamool Congress for the attack. BJP candidate from Raiganj Deboshree Chaudhuri was also seen having an argument with supporters of other political parties. She said that the party was not informed about all women polling personnel.Till 1 pm Jalpaiguri had recorded 54.73% polling, Raigunj 52.54% and Darjeeling 47.52%.