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ERIC Number: EJ1140779
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Nov
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1545-679X
The Document Explosion in the World of Big Data--Curriculum Considerations
Liu, Michelle; Murphy, Diane
Information Systems Education Journal, v12 n6 p83-91 Nov 2014
Within the context of "big data", there is an increasing focus on the source of the large volumes of data now stored electronically. The greatest portion of this data is unstructured and comes from a variety of sources in a variety of formats, much of which does not conform to a consistent data model. As business and government organizations become "paperless", the system of "record" in these documents (including text messages, social media postings, tweets, and email messages) becomes more important. The job of "records management" is becoming more significant in the information systems discipline, as businesses and government agencies struggle to control and manage their electronic resources for regulatory, compliance, legal, and business analytics purposes. Records management has risen to be a separate discipline with its own certifications and job classifications. Many of the principles in the discipline were developed in the time of paper records but still apply in this electronic age, and are now considered part of the responsibilities of the information technology worker. As this is a potential large job market, it is time to consider whether electronic document management (in addition to database management) should be included in the college-level preparation of undergraduate students who will join the workplace in the time of "big data" and its exploitation. This paper looks at the field of electronic document (records) management and its insertion in the undergraduate information systems curriculum.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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