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MoReq 2010 is the European Union's new specification of requirements for electronic records management systems.

It is a radical departure, in both form and content, from previous versions of MoReq, and from other electronic records management specifications such as the US DoD 5015.02 standard (the latest version of which was published in 2007).

Previous electronic records management specifications aimed to specify a system that could act as the single records repository for a whole organisation,  with users being expected to save any document needed as  record into that repository.  They created the phenomenon of the 'Electronic Document and Records Management System (EDRMS)'

The EDRMS model was dealt a severe blow by the rise of Microsoft's SharePoint, which did not attempt to meet those specifications, and which took the collaboration space away from EDRMS vendors.

MoReq 2010 was in many ways a response to the rise of SharePoint, to the persistence of multiple content repositories within organisations, and to the emergence of alternative formats to the 'document' and the 'file/folder'.

MoReq 2010 aimed to encourage a diversity of different models for records management systems - as well as the EDRMS model it was possible for the following models to be compliant with MoReq 2010

  • systems that had no user interface, but which captured records saved into existing applications and repositories within the organisation
  • systems that did not hold records themselves, but instead protected and managed records held in existing applications and repositories within the organisation
  • line of business applications and single purpose applications that had records management functionality build into them

In this podcast Alan Pelz-Sharpe said that the enterprise content management market is a global market, and most of the big technology companies are based in the US.  For MoReq 2010 to have a big impact on those vendors, it would need to have some traction and recognition within the US. 

James Lappin felt that it would be beneficial for the records management community if MoReq 2010 became more influential than the existing US standard DoD 5015.02.   DoD 5015.02 included the specific security requirements of the defence and intelligence sector, which many organisations did not need.  MoReq 2010 had taken a different approach.  The core requirements included only those record keeping needs perceived as common to all sectors.  Any sectors with specific requirements (health sector, legal, defence etc.) would be encouraged to write plug-in modules to MoReq 2010 that organisations within those sectors could use to inform their buying decisions.

Alan wondered whether the relative lack of publicity for the launch of MoReq 2010 in the US would harm its chances of adoption in that country.

In the podcast we referred to several blogposts written about the launch of MoReq 2010 including:

This podcast was recorded on 15 June 2011 via skype

Direct download: LaunchOfMoReq2010-AlanPelzSharpeAndJamesLappin2.mp3
Category:Records management -- posted at: 6:38am UTC