We really should come to terms with one another. To be more specific, we should collaborate to populate and update our profession’s glossary of terms.
The glossary serves as the primary reference for all Disaster Recovery Journal/Disaster Recovery Institute International (DRI International) endeavors. We want our glossary to meet the need for all of our stakeholders. The more current and comprehensive we make it, the less our stakeholders must do to augment it, or worse, to maintain a separate glossary.
As of this writing, the glossary already contains 218 terms. But we dare not rest on the laurels of past efforts. Change continues to occur all around us and drives the need for an evolving glossary. Members of our profession are working to meet the challenging recovery requirements of the organizations which they support. Technology transformation never stops. The tools supporting our vocation continuously improve. Unfortunately, the risks facing our supported organizations seem to grow in their numbers and intensity. To maintain its relevance and usefulness our glossary must also keep pace with the emerging needs of our profession. A stronger glossary benefits everyone.
The current Glossary of Terms Committee (GoT Com) includes members of the DRJ Editorial Advisory Board (EAB) Peter Laz, Sue Simpson, James Price (co-chair) and yours truly. Yvonne Lewis, past chair and former member of the EAB, continues to serve on the committee. The committee works in partnership with DRI International’s education and certification teams. Jack Sotallaro, global education manager, is our primary contact.
Our teams (the GoT Com and DRI International) recently created a more structured process to updates to the glossary. The GoT Com now initiates recommendations on a semi-annual cycle. Twice a year, 45 days before each DRJ spring or fall conference, the GoT Com delivers to DRI International all recommended changes to the glossary. Those changes may be significant, merely administrative, or both. New terms may be added and others may be dropped. DRI International reviews the proposed changes and notes any suggestions for improvement. After both teams accept changes, the glossary’s semi-annual release is published on the DRJ Web site not later than 15 days before the conference. DRI International also updates its educational materials, which will be presented at training sessions during and after the conference.
As in the past, our DRI International colleagues may recommend new or revised glossary definitions at any time. The above procedural change did not alter this aspect of our working relationship.
Since the glossary was first published on the Web site, the document has been downloaded more than 62,000 times. That number clearly validates the wide readership of the glossary and establishes it as the most popular single resource on DRJ’s continuously expanding Web site. With almost 14,000 Web pages having been created thus far at www.drj.com, that is no small feat.
But “we” are not alone. At least we prefer not to be alone. We seek to increase the scope and volume of professional discourse about our glossary. That’s where you can enter the picture. Anyone may propose terminology suggestions by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Interested contributors may also submit a suggestion via the “write comment” box which is located at the bottom of the glossary Web page.
What types of suggestions are welcomed? There is no set limit, either in the number or types of submission. You may offer new terms and definitions, suggest changes or additions to existing definitions, note grammar errors, or provide anything in between. We prefer to focus the glossary on terms which are unique to the business continuity/disaster recovery profession. But we realize some terms may have legitimate uses in more than one discipline, so feel free to suggest outside the box.
Additionally, if you are interested in supporting the revision effort on a more frequent basis (i.e., offering your thoughts on definition changes while in progress), we welcome more involvement. We value the opportunity to engage a wider range of opinion and experience.
If so, don’t delay. Less than 90 days remain to collaborate until the next glossary revision.
Frank Lady, CBCP, CISSP, PMP, ITIL(F), has more than 15 years of experience in business continuity and contingency planning roles. He is a vice president of business continuity for Bank of America, and a member of the Disaster Recovery Journal’s Editorial Advisory Board. Lady welcomes feedback at email@example.com.