Remember electronic signatures? In the late 90's and early 00's, there was a tsunami of legislative and standards-making activity centering upon them, and records managers, archivists, IT professionals, elected officials, attorneys, and others spent a lot of time grappling with signature-related issues; one of my colleagues was pretty heavily involved in New York State's efforts to develop workable electronic signature practices and policies.
However, all of this activity has led to . . . not much. Who uses electronic signatures these days? Does anyone even think about them anymore? If you're curious about how this situation came to pass and will be in New York City this Thursday, you can find out: at the October meeting of the Metro NYC Chapter of ARMA, Jean-François Blanchette (Department of Information Studies, University of California, Los Angeles) "will investigate this failure to perform through an exploration of issues of risk, liability, proof, evidence, and user friendliness . . . with specific attention to the thorny issue of retention."
The meeting will be held on Thursday, 22 October 2009, at the Muse Hotel, 130 West 46th Street, New York, New York, from 5:30-8:00 PM. Online registration is available, and registration must be completed no later than 21 October 2009 (i.e., tomorrow!) NB: there is a registration fee of $52.00 for chapter members and $65.00 for non-members.