Standard: DMA (Document Management Alliance)

Sponsor: AIIM International (Association for Information and Image Management)

Description: DMA is a comprehensive standard for interoperability among electronic document management systems (EDMSs).

Relationship to Records Management: Failing to use an EDMS is tantamount to deciding not to manage E-records as public assets. Failing to use DMA-compliant EDMSs is tantamount to using proprietary software that may not be interoperable with other EDMSs.

Problems/Issues/Weaknesses: Vendors have incentives to market proprietary products. The standard is complex and relatively few vendors have produced DMA-compliant EDMSs. Agency decision-makers are insensitive to the need for interoperability among EDMSs.

Closely Related Standards: ODMA, DoD 5015.2, WebDAV, and DASL

Links to More Information:

AIIM Standards

A White Paper for Federal Agency CIOs and IT Architects, by Dan Schneider of the Department of Justice (DOJ), February 1998

Dan Schneider's Notes from AIIM '99 Conference and Exposition

Freedom's Just Another Word ... for Metadata: Knowledge Management and Discovery via DASL, Z39.50, X.500, and the DMA, introduction to panel at the IEEE Metadata Conference, April 6, 1999 or

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