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Adding Action to the Information Audit  pp271-281

Huan Vo-Tran

© Sep 2011 Volume 14 Issue 2, ICIME 2011, Editor: Ken Grant, pp167 - 281

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The Information Audit (IA) has long been seen as an important tool within the Information Management field, with its origins stemming from financial audits. It is used extensively in libraries as an improvement tool and, although many have tried to define it, such as Guy St. Clair (1997), Orna (1999) and Henczel (2001a), there is still no general consensus on a definition, or the steps taken to achieve it. Whatever form it may take, it is agreed that to undertake such a task requires a structured approach. The following study will propose a hybrid approach in which Henczel¬źs seven‑stage Information Audit model will be coupled with the Action Research (AR) methodology in order to assist a mid‑sized architectural practice to manage their information throughout the architectural design process, and, in particular, as they attempt to design a new academic building for a prominent Australian university.


Keywords: information audit, information management, architectural design process, action research


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