What is Information Management?

Information management (IM) is a people-centred approach to discovering, organizing, analyzing, representing and accessing data, information and knowledge. Effective IM gets the right information to the right people at the right time.

Governments, cultural institutions (libraries, archives, museums), corporations and non-governmental organizations use IM to leverage and protect their information assets and serve their stakeholders. Standards, guidelines, and ethical, social, legal and economic values shape the information lifecycle within each context.


Information managers help extract value from the data, information and knowledge that is all around us to drive evidence-based decision making, support information seeking in everyday life, and create engaged and informed citizens.

Information managers play a dynamic role, consulting with their communities, developing and curating data, and managing information resources and services.