EDRM implementation at the National Weights and Measures Laboratory

David J. Williams (National Weights and Measures Laboratory, Teddington, UK)

Records Management Journal

ISSN: 0956-5698

Publication date: 1 December 2005



To describe how an EDRMS was implemented at the National Weights and Measures Laboratory and indicate whether the benefits expected have been delivered.


The paper sets out the business case, describes the implementation, shows the outcomes (planned and unexpected), and ends with a conclusion about the degree of success.


Generally the project was successful, with excellent take‐up by users. It has involved records staff in change management issues as the system highlights areas of inconsistency in document management. Careful preparation of the Business Classification Scheme pays dividends on implementation. Use of the OGC Gateway project control helped make sure that the project was completed to time and budget.

Research limitations/implications

The National Weights and Measures Laboratory is the smallest UK government agency and is an agency of the Department of Trade and Industry. As such it was able to learn from the latter in relation to EDRMS implementation.

Practical implications

This paper is a useful case study investigation of the introduction of EDRM.


The paper gives insight into EDRMS implementation in a small user group. It sets out the lessons learned that could be used in other implementations.



Williams, D. (2005), "EDRM implementation at the National Weights and Measures Laboratory", Records Management Journal, Vol. 15 No. 3, pp. 158-166. https://doi.org/10.1108/09565690510632346

Download as .RIS



Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2005, Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Please note you might not have access to this content

You may be able to access this content by login via Shibboleth, Open Athens or with your Emerald account.
If you would like to contact us about accessing this content, click the button and fill out the form.
To rent this content from Deepdyve, please click the button.