Survey on the state of information governance in Canadian organisations

(version française)

Description of the study

As part of its activities, the Groupe d’études et de recherche en gouvernance informationnelle (Interdisciplinary research group on information governance) (GREGI) is undertaking a study to assess the state of information governance in Canadian organisations.

Information governance is defined as an accountability framework that provides the basic principles and rules, management structure, and information management methods so that information is used effectively and efficiently in the organisation. This framework specifies expected behaviors for the creation, storage, evaluation, provision, use and sharing of information.

The main informational challenges faced by organisations relate to the concepts of risk, security, integrity and availability of information contents and information systems, and the development and maintenance of an information culture shared by all organisational actors. Even though information governance may help organisations with the multiple information challenges they are meeting, little is known about how it is implemented.

Study design

This project is approved by the Comité d’éthique de la recherche en arts et en sciences of the Université de Montréal (project no CERAS­2014­15­225­D). The data will be collected using a Web questionnaire pretested with six information professionals* from library and archives settings. Information professionals working in Canadian organisations will be invited to participate through various discussion lists of information management, libraries, records management and archives communities. In order to better reach those Canadian communities, the questionnaire will be deployed in French and English. The data collected will be analyzed using either qualitative or quantitative methods depending on the nature of the questions (open-ended ou closed-ended questions)

* Information professional is used here in a broad perspective and refers to any person whose tasks are related to the management of information. Some job positions for information professionals include: archivist, librarian, chief information officer, knowledge or records manager, information service manager, information architect, competitive intelligence experts, etc.


  • Dominique Maurel (, Associate professor, École de bibliothéconomie et des sciences de l’information (EBSI)Université de Montréal
  • Christine Dufour (, Associate professor, École de bibliothéconomie et des sciences de l’information (EBSI), Université de Montréal
  • Natasha Zwarich (, Professor, Département d’histoireUniversité du Québec à Montréal

Study timeline

Results dissemination


Paper in refereed journals

Paper in refereed proceedings


Refereed presentations in conferences

Invited talks in conferences or research groups

Invited talks in academic programs