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Information management (IM) is

[t]he function of managing an organization’s information resources by the handling of knowledge acquired by one or many different individuals and organizations in a way that optimizes access by all who have a share in that knowledge or a right to that knowledge.[1]
the planning, budgeting, manipulating, and controlling of information throughout its life cycle.[2]


  1. U.S. Department of Defense, Joint Pub. 1–02: DOD Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms (Nov. 8, 2010, as amended through May 15, 2011) (full-text).
  2. The Common Approach to Federal Enterprise Architecture, at 46 (Terms and Definitions); OMB Circular No. A-130, App. III, §6.l.

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