Information Management Group (IMSIG)


CIfA's Information Management Group represents the interests of professionals who work or have an interest in the area of information management. The group aims to promote standards and good practice relevant to the management of all aspects of historic environment and wider heritage sector information through the activities of the CIfA.

The group focuses on how those working in the historic environment/ heritage sector create, access and share digital data together with the standards involved in these processes. Our work relates to

  • data capture and recording practice
  • recording system design
  • archiving of digital data
  • promoting access to information
  • re-use of digital archives

The Information Management Group works to coordinate, develop, maintain and promote standards for the recording of heritage information, to promote best practice and share experience in the application of information standards, and promote and seek involvement in the future development of existing data standards.

Join the Group

Membership is free to CIfA members. Non-members need to pay an annual £10 fee.
To join, please contact the CIfA office at


Jeremy Oetgen (Chair)
Colin Forrestal (Secretary)
Doug Rocks-Macqueen (Treasurer)

Claire Tsang (Ordinary Committee Member)
Simon Parsons (Ordinary Committee Member)
Gary Duckers (Ordinary Committee Member)
Theodora Anastasiadou (Ordinary Committee Member)

Specialist competence matrix

We have recently introduced specialist competence matrices, which have been compiled by our CIfA special interest groups and are tailored to their specific areas. These are to assist applicants and the Validation committee to see where you demonstrate the grade applied for.

Forthcoming Events


The IMSIG AGM will be held on Friday 26 October at 5.30pm in the main hall at the CAAUK conference in the Augustine United Church, Edinburgh.

IMSIG committee would like to put the call out for nominations for the positions of Chair and 3 Ordinary committee members. If you are interested in joining the committee, please complete the nomination form and return to groups [at] by Monday 1 October.

Previous Events

  • AGM 2016
    Keith May discussed the Heritage Information Access Strategy or HIAS as they are now progressing through the third stage of their work. This project is looking at how to secure an improved and more cost effective approach to the handling of digital historic environment data by Historic England and our partners in local authority historic environment records. For more information on this project have a look here

Dan Miles followed on with a discussion of the Forum for Information Standards in Heritage and the Historic Environment Information Network or FISH-HEIRNET. This discussion looked at FISH-HEIRNET, how it was set up, the work it supports and how we may be able to work with them in the future to organise event.

This was followed by a tour of Fort Cumberland led by Duncan Brown. The fort is only open the public on Heritage Open Days and other pre-arranged tours so this was a real treat. There is an excellent write-up from the most recent Heritage Open Days here

  • Survey results

We carried out a survey of our membership in 2015 to help us understand you and how we might best meet your needs. Please click on the links below to see the results.

Business plan

Business plan 2015-2017


November 2016 - committee update

October 2016

February 2016

AGM Minutes

29 November 2017

3 November 2016

Committee Minutes

10 July 2018

19 February 2018

13 September 2017

20 June 2017

22 February 2017

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