Document Management Standard



To share knowledge and data, coordinate training, promote user groups and reduce cost of training and purchase of development tools/languages.


All new document management initiatives shall use an Enterprise Repository as identified in Appendix A.


Document Management Initiative - A formal process of researching and planning for deployment or integration of production level EDMS technologies.

Document Management - Technology for managed storage and retrieval of system generated documents or objects in their native format. Generally deployed as part of an EDMS.

EDMS - Electronic Document Management System - A collection of enabling technologies used to create, index, capture, store, retrieve, and manage electronic objects. Technologies generally included are document management, imaging, e-forms/forms processing, report management (COLD - Computer Output to Laser Disk), and workflow.

Enterprise Repository - A common environment, available to all agencies, designed to hold data, information and other digital objects. The repository may consist of multiple solutions providing a secure centralized storage infrastructure.

Record - A document, book, paper, photograph, sound recording or other material, regardless of physical form or characteristics, made or received pursuant to law or in connection with the transaction of official business. Library and museum material made or acquired and preserved solely for reference or exhibition purposes, extra copies of documents preserved only for convenience of reference and stocks of publications and of processed documents are not included within the definition of records.


Refer to the EDMS Best Practices document.


Stored records shall be indexed to allow search and retrieval across the enterprise.


This standard applies to all executive branch state agencies including the University Systems Office but excluding other higher education institutions, i.e. campuses and agricultural and research centers.

Statement of Commitment

North Dakota's CIO/CTO directs that IT Policy be created to establish statewide information technology policies and standards as defined within ND Century Code (Chapter 54-59-09).


Non-compliance with this standard shall be reported to the Office of the State Auditor.

Appendix A

Enterprise Repository

  1. FileNet