The Willard model

Introduction

Nick Willard's model for IRM, was based on traditional resource management principles, but proved so powerful in its application to information, that the Network adopted it without hesitation as its 'road map' for the IRM Network to follow.

The Willard Model identifies five key elements of IRM:

1. Identification

The discovery of information resources and the recording of their features in an inventory

2. Ownership

The establishment of responsibility for the upkeep of an information resource

3. Cost and Value

Assessment of the cost of an information resource and its value to the organisation

4. Development

The further development of an existing information resource to enhance its value to the organisation

5. Exploitation

The processes which may allow a resource to generate further value through conversion into an asset or a saleable commodity