As I wrote in an introductory post for the Linkedin group, Government Knowledge Management, here are the three primary reasons this website came to be:
- I found very few website or blogs and only an occasional article directed at Knowledge, Information, and Data (KI&D) management within the U.S. Government.I found loads of information on Information Technology involving the government, but what I sought were fewer technology solutions and more directions and examples, regardless of the technology employed, from the Federal CIO’s office, the DoD CIO’s office, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), or the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) providing holistic instructions for structuring data on which all organizations upstream and subordinate relied and adhered, by mandate, if necessary, for the creation and lifecycle management of information.
- I can’t find any government voices saying what I’m saying or any government eyes seeing what I’m seeing.33 years of information technology experience, most accumulated during 22 years in some very “high speed” military communications units, provided me a perspective on the relationship users (some industry, but primarily government service employees and military service members) have with their equipment and what they perceive to be a third entity – their knowledge, information, and data (KI&D).Additionally, IT offices are splitting apart. CIOs are becoming the “Office of Information and Technology (OI&T) (va.gov)” and the “Directorate of Information Management and Technology (IM&T) (dsca.gov),” to name a couple.
The VA’s Office of Information (“Technology” suffix left off deliberately) and DSCA’s Directorate of Information Management (again, purposely leaving off the “T”) is closely related to the users’ perception of their KI&D because users can visualize organizational information and it’s job the Information offices to structure the data for use by computers and for understanding by humans.
- As the management of information moved from the human world of paper files and folders to the virtual world, I saw users reconstructing the file and folder structure inside the virtual world. This reduced the primary use of the computers to updated storage systems for now electronic versions of the paper KI&D on which humans previously performed knowledge tasks. Knowledge tasks continued to be performed by humans – now just on the electronic versions of the KI&D.
Nor, could I find any plan anywhere for the re-order of terabytes of unstructured government data that remains untenable because of disorder, lack of standards, and general avoidance. Most agencies seem to be awaiting a technological solution in lieu of the application of Information Management disciplines to data and information.
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