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Information Audit: Towards common standards and methodology
Peter Griffiths Business Information Review 2012 29: 39 DOI: 10.1177/0266382112436791 The online version of this article can be found at: http://bir.sagepub.com/content/29/1/39

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Information Audit: Towards common standards and methodology
Peter Griffiths Independent Information Specialist

Abstract This article further analyses a number of issues highlighted in a previous discussion of the current state of Information Audit (IA), and offers a graphical representation of the IA landscape. Library and Information Science (LIS) struggles to establish its ‘soft’ approach to IA as the leading methodology despite repeated endorsement by authors in other professional groups with some kind of interest in information management. They have found the LIS IA methodology using analysis of information needs and flows to be a useful analytical tool that allows them to evaluate information assets and to demonstrate compliance in asset management – whether those assets are financial, documentary or intangibles such as know-how. Since the implementation of Freedom of Information legislation, records management has espoused a strong focus on compliance and the



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