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ARMA International is a not-for-profit association serving more than 10,000 information management professionals in the United States, Canada, and over 30 other nations. ARMA International members include records and information managers, archivists, corporate librarians, imaging specialists, legal professionals, knowledge managers, consultants, and educators. Standards from ARMA are available both individually, directly through the ANSI webstore, and as part of a Standards Subscription. If you or your organization are interested in easy, managed, online access to standards that can be shared, a Standards Subscription may be what you need - please contact us at: StandardsSubscriptions@ansi.org or 1-212-642-4980 or Request Proposal Price.

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ANSI/ARMA 12-2005

Establishing Alphabetic, Numeric and Subject Filing Systems

This standard contains requirements for subject, alphabetic, and numeric filing systems. The alphabetic guidelines can be used for arrangement of indices or within subject and alphanumeric filing systems. Alphabetic filing is a method for arranging data within a filing system or index, as well as a filing system. Although this standard is intended to be used with all media, some exceptions, such as leading zeroes, may occur with electronic systems.


ANSI/ARMA 5-2010

Vital Records Programs: Identifying, Managing, and Recovering Business-Critical Records

This standard sets the requirement for establishment of a Vital Records Program. It includes clarification of what a Vital Records Program encompasses and the requirements for identifying and protecting vital records, assessing and analyzing their vulnerability, and determining the impact of their loss on the organization


ARMA TR 25-2014

Auditing for Records and Information Management Program Compliance

This publicationÆs scope embraces a broad-based investigation of the audit function as deployed in the RIM context and with respect to the records lifecycle. While it is recognized that industry and/or sector-specific legal mandates also affect compliance within the RIM sphere, this publication does not address those unique requirements. Also, this publication does not address audits centered on non-RIM purposes such as tax audits, financial audits, and audits supporting certification, accreditation, or licensure of any organization or entity.


ARMA TR 30-2017

Implementing the Generally Accepted Recordkeeping Principles

This technical report is an informative publication to aid users in the understanding and implementation of the ARMA International Generally Accepted Recordkeeping Principles. The Principles applicability is not limited to a specific situation, industry, country, or organization, nor are they intended to set forth legal rules requiring strict adherence by every organization in every circumstance. This technical report is for use by records and information management practitioners, information governance professionals, and educators. It may be of interest to archivists, records management consultants, and legal and information technology professionals, as well.




ARMA TR 27-2015

Retention Management for Records and Information

This technical report educates individuals in the establishment and operation of the retention management component of a records and information management (RIM) program, which is central to enterprise-wide, strategic information governance (IG). It is designed for use by archivists and RIM professionals (i.e., educators, practitioners, and vendors), as well as other IG professionals, which ARMA International identifies as privacy and security, information technology, legal, and line-of-business/audit stakeholders. Its content is not industry or sector-specific.


NFPA 1033-2014_AR

Standard for Professional Qualifications for Fire Investigator, 2014 Edition

The purpose of this standard shall be to specify the minimum job performance requirements for serving as a fire investigator in both the private and public sectors.


ANSI/ARMA 19-2012

Policy Design for Managing Electronic Messages

This American National Standard sets forth the requirements for a policy guiding the management of electronic messages as records throughout their life cycle - from creation to final destruction or disposition. It extends to text-based electronic messages or communications, including e-mail (and related attachments/metadata), instant messaging, and text messaging, but it does not include requirements for video messaging, voicemail/audio-based messaging applications, and other electronic messaging platforms within the context of social media. It is for use by records and information management practitioners and educators, and it may be of interest to archivists, consultants, IT professionals, and individuals employed in a legal setting.



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