Information Maturity

Although there is a lot of discussion about information maturity it remains something of a ‘vision’ than a practical framework because of the heterogeneity of the information culture in an organisation and the impossibility of anyone having the inclination and time to develop a model that from my perspective is difficult to apply. As far as I am aware the first information maturity model was developed by Doug Laney whilst at the Meta Group in around 2002. The Meta Group was subsequently acquired by Gartner. In 2008 Gartner published its own version of the model, using a different visual approach. This can be downloaded from the EURIM site. Since Gartner very rarely publishes its research documents it may not realise this is on open access. A search on Google Image will reveal many other schematics, most based closely or loosely on the original Meta Group model. There is also a 5-level metadata maturity model which is, like the information maturity model, a good place to start a discussion. Gartner also publish an Enterprise Information Management maturity model. There is an interesting analysis of the design and implications of maturity models and a description of a wide range of models as a project document from the E-ARK, European Archives and Knowledge Preservation Project. The Information Coalition has developed an Enterprise Information Management Maturity Model (EIM³) but details are only available to members of the organisation.

See also Information Culture, Information Governance, Information Management

Martin White

October 2016

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