Government agency Natural England has deployed an electronic document and records management (EDRM) system to consolidate and better manage its records.
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The conservation organisation, which brought together English Nature, the Countryside Agency and the Rural Development Service, is using the Trim Context system from Tower Software.
As part of a new project to merge the three agency networks and modernise its records management and ILM (information lifecycle management) practices, Natural England will use the Tower system as the backbone of a new file plan.
With a comprehensive index of physical records - such as building deeds, estates data, satellite images, photographs, documents, letters and maps – the organisation plans to achieve better control of information across its enterprise, allowing more widespread sharing and accessibility.
“Some of our records go back as far as 50 years. So, when our scientific teams conduct surveys related to mapping, landscapes or conservation and wildlife, it’s often important for them to be able to easily look back at historical data for comparison,” said Peter Wingate, team leader for knowledge management at Natural England.
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