David Tallan replied to the topic Does the US Government have a non-political “head of the public service”? in the forum Miscellaneous 7 years, 9 months ago
I may have been wrong about the Clerk of the Privy Council. I’ve always heard the role described so and have always assumed that it was equivalent to our Secretary of the Cabinet.
Here in our province, Cabinet Office, led by the Secretary, is like the Premier’s Ministry. It plays a similar role to what you describe, translating the desires and…[Read more]
David Tallan started the topic Does the US Government have a non-political “head of the public service”? in the forum Miscellaneous 7 years, 9 months ago
In our parliamentary democracy, here in Canada, we do.
In the provincial government in which I work, it is the Secretary of the Cabinet, who reports to the Premier. All of the Deputy Ministers (non-political heads of the civil service ministries, who are directly under the political Ministers) report to the Secretary of the Cabinet, in addition…[Read more]
I would certainly guess none before 1993. I’d guess NCSA before DARPA. It was really with the release of NCSA Mosaic in 1993 that the Web took off.
Before that were the government Gopher sites.
I completely agree with Charles ray below that “rather than making it ‘simple’ for your audience, I’d prefer making it understandable and relevant.”
I’m all for clear language. However, in my experience making it “simple for the executives” just as often means taking it up a few thousand feet where inconvenient details can be heard to see.…[Read more]
Another possible way to look at it is:
– The social network tool/site (Facebook, LinkedIn, or your organization’s – ours is OPSpedia) is Web 2.0 collaboration.
– Applying social network analysis tools to the connections and information/knowledge flow across the network is knowledge management.
I guess it depends on how broad your definitions of “knowledge management” and “Web 2.0” collaboration are – as well as what the boundaries are between “knowledge management” and “information management”.
Certainly there is a lot of overlap. Wikis are great tools for managing unstructured knowledge. Social (or professional) networks are great…[Read more]
I’m with the Web group in the Government of Ontario (Canada). We’re taking another look at our search strategy and our very interested in what you’ve done with search on the USA.gov site. Is there a contact you might be able to provide with whom we can discuss this?
People may dislike chanegs as they are proposed or as they are being implemented. If the change results in a real and substantial improvement for them, most people will not end up disliking the change in the end.
So what you want to do is to ensure that the changes that you initiate or suggest end up resulting in real and substantial…[Read more]
I’m confused by the question. The supposition in the quote seems to be: During the first era we had new media tools; during the second era we had Web 2.0 tools; during the third era we had social media tools; when the fourth era comes along what will we do with our old social media tools? But that’s confusing changes in terminology with changes in…[Read more]
A lot of good points here.
In addition, I think one of the most important skills for a boss doesn’t involve his or her employees at all. It’s the ability to manage up and across. To manage executive expectations, secure resources, deal with issues raised by colleagues and superiors. If you’ve got a high performing team who’ve bought into the…[Read more]
I think there are a number of ways that web technologies can support knowledge management. I think we have to understand and practice it a lot better before we are close to having it as “a service on the web” whatever that means.
When I think about knowledge management, I tend to think separately about explicit and tacit knowledge, as my means of…[Read more]
David Tallan replied to the topic Government social networks are Towers of Babel, doomed to topple in the forum Forum Discussions 9 years, 9 months ago
For what it’s worth, I attended a conference in Ottawa last week (Public Sector Social Media) at which Nick Charney spoke about his experience in the Government of Canada (http://bit.ly/awC4TK). The Government of Canada has enterprise-wide social media tools (GCpedia, GC-Connex) as well as departmental ones.
Nick said that he had been quite down…[Read more]
David Tallan replied to the topic Acquisition 2.0 will give ethics officers the heebie-jeebies in the forum Acquisition, Contracting, Procurement 9 years, 9 months ago
I certainly agree with the proposition that “Acquisition 2.0 will give ethics officers the heebie-jeebies.” Just about anything 2.0 will give lots of people (especially those concerned with risk and controllership) the heebie-jeebies.
But I think that “Acquisition 2.0” also gives opportunities to mitigate those risks and that the residual risk…[Read more]
David Tallan replied to the topic Pew poll: 4 out of 5 Americans don’t trust Washington in the forum Government 2.0 Club 9 years, 10 months ago
I’ve seen the same thing in Canadian polling numbers. The satisfaction with the individual services received generally is a lot higher than with government as a whole.
When I searched in google updates for a term I had used a number of times in my own tweets, I got zero results. So I don’t believe their index is anywhere near complete. I’m waiting for the ability to search the LoC repository.
@Sheryl: I may be wrong, but I think that they are only collecting public tweets. Not those on locked accounts restricted to approved followers. I think people need to be realistic in their expectations of privacy on things they publicly and openly publish on the Internet.
In terms of Flickr, I’d have no objection to them collecting anything that…[Read more]
In some ways yes, in some ways no. Twitter conversation has more or less flatlined. The number of people I actively follow now grows very slowly and generally follows some contact elsewhere. On the other hand, Twitter search when I’m looking for info on a specific topic can take me out of that circle.
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