IRMS podcast series


information governance
records management
information law
systems and tools








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In this podcast Rob Bath joins James Lappin to explore the records management implications of the recent meteoric rise in adoption of Microsoft Teams.

Rob describes:

  • measures that can be taken to reduce the risk of Microsoft Teams sprawl, and to ensure that administrators can track the ownership of each Team;
  • the modular structure of MS Teams, the absence of any overarching structure above each Team, and the implications of the fact that the list of an organisation’s Teams is available only to those with access to the Compliance centre of their organisation's Microsoft 365 tenancy;
  • the reasons why the majority of Teams message traffic tends to go through individual chat accounts rather than through Team channels;
  • the debates over the basis on which retention decisions should be made on messages in individual Teams chat accounts;
  • the technical barriers to closing and archiving a Team;
  • the relationship between MS Teams and SharePoint, and the implications of a Microsoft Teams roll out for an organisation's existing SharePoint implementation.

Rob Bath is Information Management & Compliance Practice Lead at Intelogy. He is also Digital Director for IRMS. Rob's blogpost on configuration choices with regard to MS Teams (referred to in the podcast) can be found here. His blogpost on retention issues in relation to MS Teams can be found here. Rob's recent webinar on the governance of MS Teams can be viewed on the IRMS YouTube channel here.

Rob Bath was interviewed by James Lappin on 12 August 2020.

Direct download: IRMS021-_Microsoft_Teams_-_a_records_management_perspective.m4a
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In this podcast Mark Bell (TNA) and Leontien Talboom (UCL and TNA) describe the machine learning club they have set up at the UK National Archives (TNA) to help archivists at TNA develop their AI literacy.
They describe how they have taken the group through a series of stages to introduce them to data science, to give them experience of preparing data, and to enable them to develop their intuitions about how different machine learning models work (Naive Bayes, Support vector machines etc.), and an understanding of the challenges that AI can (and can't) be used to tackle.
They also describe how they intend to move on to discuss some key issues in the application of AI to records, including the issue of the explainability of AI decisions and the issue of capturing the machine learning model itself as a record.
Mark Bell is Senior digital researcher at TNA.  Leontien Talboom  is a doctoral researcher working with UCL's Department of Information Studies and with TNA.
Mark and Leontien were interviewed by James Lappin on 22 May 2020.
Direct download: IRMS020-Machine_learning_club.m4a
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In this podcast Tom Midgley shares his experience of managing records within G Suite.

Tom is records management lead at Hackney Council.  

G Suite provides:

  • communication channels (Gmail, Hangouts, Calendar, and Currents)
  • productivity tools (Docs, Sheets, Slides, Keep, Forms)
  • storage locations - Drive (My Drive and Shared Drive) and Sites

Tom talks us through how some of these tools and services can be used for recordkeeping, and how Google Vault and the Admin Panel can be used to manage content, rules and permissions across the suite.

This conversation between James Lappin and Tom Midgley was recorded on Friday 13 March 2020.

Direct download: IRMS019-_The_recordkeeping_world_of_G_Suite.m4a
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In this episode Andrew Warland describes the various different component parts of the Office 365 environment that impact on records management.

Andrew explains the records management model within Office 365, and the role of the Compliance Admin Centre in the application of retention rules.

He discusses the impact on SharePoint of the rise in popularity of MS Teams, and describes the various locations in which Office 365 stores the content created through MS Teams. 

Andrew describes the relationship between MS Teams and Office 365 Groups, and explains why he recommends that in order to govern MS Teams effectively it is necessary to take away the ability for end-users  to create new Office 365 Groups.

Andrew was interviewed by James Lappin on Friday 7 February 2020

Direct download: IRMS018_-_The_recordkeeping_world_of_Office_365.m4a
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