NSW updates Information Management Framework

By Dylan Bushell-Embling
Friday, 25 January, 2019

NSW updates Information Management Framework

The NSW Department of Finance, Services and Innovation (DFSI) has developed a new version of the Information Management Framework for state government agencies.

The framework has been designed as a practical tool to help state agencies deal with information and data challenges, and implement effective approaches to digital information management.

It was developed in consultation with a range of agencies, including Transport for NSW, Family and Community Services, Sydney Water, Service NSW and Spatial Services, as well as the City of Sydney.

According to DFSI Principal Policy Officer for Information Kate Cumming, the framework is built on the principles that information is an asset, one which has value to business and the community, and must be governed and managed well.

“Tools like the IMF are increasingly important because information management needs to be a multidisciplinary exercise that is applied in all transformation initiatives,” she said in a blog post.

“The IMF can help professionals from a range of fields communicate, collaborate and define how to manage and leverage data and information in their digital transformation initiatives. This could be in SharePoint rollouts, data analytics projects or commissioning new cloud-based business services.”

It includes guidance on a range of areas, including governance, information planning and design, security, data management, business intelligence and analytics.

While the use of the IMF is optional, the department has already been getting positive feedback from agencies, Cumming said.

“Our next steps are to start building out more practical tools to sit within the framework, which will help people to further embed good information management processes in their business processes.”

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