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Digital continuity/digital information management (The National Archives) – The National Archives’ digital continuity guidance provides a wealth of material on how to manage your digital information so that it be found, opened, worked with, trusted and understood.

The Truth is out There – A discussion paper (Audit Commission) – This discussion paper looks at how the public sector can improve information made available to the public. The next document in our ‘Truth’ series, ‘The truth is out there’ poses questions such as ‘What information will capture the public’s imagination?’ and ‘How will the public know what information to trust?


Quality Management Systems (ISO 9001) – The ISO 9000 family of standards relates to quality management systems and is designed to help organisations ensure they meet the needs of customers and other stakeholders.

The National Intelligence Model – 5x5x5 (Home Office) – A number of law enforcement agencies and the police service use the National Intelligence Model. It allows intelligence to be correctly evaluated where the original source is not made known to the recipient. It is sometimes known informally as the 5x5x5 system. The model grades the source of the intelligence by five letters, A to E, it evaluates the information as a score of 1 to 5 and on the same basis indicates who has access to the information.