Here's the latest news about electronic document management.

Wikipedia says:

The earliest electronic document management (EDM) systems were either developed to manage proprietary file types, or a limited number of file formats. Many of these systems were later referred to as document imaging systems, because the main capabilities were capture, storage, indexing and retrieval of image file formats. These systems enabled an organization to capture faxes and forms, save copies of the documents as images, and store the image files in the repository for security and quick retrieval (retrieval was possible because the system handled the extraction of the text from the document as it was captured, and the text indexer provided text retrieval capabilities. EDM systems evolved to where the system was able to manage any type of file format that could be stored on the network. The applications grew to encompass electronic documents, collaboration tools, security, and auditing capabilities...

Angela Priestley writes:

December 11, 2007: A campaign launched today by Planet Ark founder Jon Dee, is urging business end-users to reap the financial and environmental benefits of slashing their paper usage through an initiative called, ‘Project Paper-less.’

Supported by Redmap, Toshiba and Iomega, the campaign is well aware their best intentions will never see a completely paperless office, but can make a difference by urging business users to rethink their paper based practices.

Further, the campaign urges Australian corporations to get involved and take up a number of process based initiatives to change their paper hungry habits.

John Dee, managing director of Issues Solutions, says electronic document management is a very real solution to the problem. “Many companies are finding that they become far more efficient and cost-effective when they store information electronically instead of printing it on paper,” he says.

“Australians realise that we have to reduce paper use, but consumers need to be educated about the electronic alternatives available to them such as electronic storage, multi-functional devices and document management systems.”