An independent review of CCAMLR’s data management systems was conducted in early 2011 as part of the on-going work of the Commission to ensure that CCAMLR’s information assets are appropriately managed and that data and information are made available in accordance with CCAMLR’s rules for data access and use, and in an efficient manner to authorised parties. The review focused on determining risks that are relevant to the organisation’s information assets, assessing system controls, and mitigating identified risks using an appropriate international standard as a benchmark.
The review recommended changes to the Secretariat’s organisational structure, the development of IT and data strategies, the further development of procedures for data processing and quality assurance, improvements to application systems including the CCAMLR website, and upgrades to the Secretariat’s IT infrastructure and services. The reviewers proposed that these recommendations be implemented as part of the Secretariat’s review of its Strategic Plan and through the phased implementation of ten specific projects.
The Secretariat’s revised Strategic Plan has addressed recommendations dealing with improvements to the organisational structure. In addition, three projects identified by the review were initiated in 2011: redevelopment of the Secretariat’s document archive; development of an Enterprise Data Model; and redevelopment of the CCAMLR Website. The priorities, costs and key resources for the remaining projects are outlined, together with a proposed schedule for their implementation.