The Information Management Framework (IMF) provides a holistic view of the categories and components of effective information architecture.
These categories include the following:
Information-sharing--Enable information sharing by ensuring that information is visible, accessible, understandable, and interoperable throughout the enterprise and with external partners.
Efficiency--Improve mission efficiency by ensuring that information is requirements-based, non-duplicative, timely, and trusted.
Quality--Promote information quality, making certain that information provided to users is valid, consistent, and comprehensive.
Compliance--Achieve compliance with legislation and policy providing for privacy, freedom of information, and records management.
Security-- Protect information assets and ensure their confidentiality, integrity, and availability.
All areas of the framework must be managed as part of effective information architecture.