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The DRAFT Information Access Strategy is the "what", but not the real "how" (architecture, policy issues, and implementation). It reminds me of what our CIO said at the beginning of the year at the CENDI meeting, January 8, 2008:

"Several lessons were learned. People want to contribute but they don’t want technology to get in the way. They are anxious to see their contributions in context and to comment on the contributions of others. EPA learned a lot about data access. While there are many data resources that are accessible via web services, many are not. EPA needs to put priority money into the development of such services. Documents and data should all be accessible within the context of a particular geographic location. It is clear that the Internet can be used to collaborate. Perhaps similar technologies could be used to reach out to a larger community for other purposes such as receiving regulatory comments.

Ms. O’Neill would like to roll out a complete sandbox for continuing to investigate collaboration via the Internet and 2.0 approaches. There are issues of FOIA, data quality, intellectual property, branding, and maintaining the authoritative nature of government information. Ms. O’Neill looks to CENDI and other organizations like the CIO Council to help with these issues.

Ms. O’Neill believes the OMB wants to see these kinds of activities happen. The CIO Council is in partnership with Don Tapscott of Wikinomics to gather government case studies. There is a partnership with the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) to talk about how to bring the agencies together on the policy side.

The nature of the CIO Offices is changing. Some CIOs are primarily interested in policy while other are interested in IT. However, the responsibilities are changing. Of importance are the new Geographic Information Officers. Throughout the challenge cited above, they realized that EPA does not have enough content managers or information management specialists. The environment is also changing for librarians and web managers, and there are opportunities to support Gov 2.0. END OF QUOTE

The one that struck me especially was "EPA does not have enough content managers or information management specialists" so it makes one wonder "how" this will ever get done.

So as we discussed, I am outling a Wiki page (I think I will use the epamisd.wik.is because it is easier than the media wiki - even use the Universal Edit Button to remove all barriers to commenting by anybody:) ) to capture my thoughts and suggestions as follows:

1. Background (the what but not the how)

Key issues like the "Administrator's Dilemma", EPA Participation in the Citizendum Project, ROT (still left with big metadata job and those Web pages are not as self-describing and functional as wiki pages are), etc.

2. Web 2.0 Architecture (context searching to get the Google-Wikipedia effect)

Use the example I gave in our Tooltime meeting: Domain 1: Deki Wiki; Domain 2: EPA MISD, and Domain 3: Phil Paparodis

(in essence legacy applications use complex URLs that are not self-describing like in a Wiki which essentially automates the metadata that search engines like Google use - the page name is the metadata and then more can be added to the page as well!)

3. Implementation

A. Use my Before and After Web 2.0 Examples (see my PARS Wiki - shouldn't we turn everything into a Wiki like Bev Goodwin says is their vision for Webcontent.gov?)

B. TechDay 2008 (see my Wiki page and email about the possibilities - what OEI does for itself and others that could/should be Web 2.0/3.0 - we could integrate many things!)

C. Web 3.0 (really semantic web services with a wiki and spreadsheet interface - see Special Session with Ken Orr Wiki page)

4. References

I am going to drill back into all the emails I have sent that support the above outline (Levy, Eng, you, Odelia, Marcus, Mollie, etc.)

Figures and Tables

I am going to do a matrix that shows the mapping of the Access Strategy topics to my Before and After Web 2.0 Examples (essentially an Information Model for implementing the Access Strategy) and use my "Process for Building a Knowledgebase" (define context and then process as Ken Orr says) and "An Information Model for Federal and EPA Enterprise Architecture" (see Special Session with Ken Orr - my name under Registrants section) as best practice examples of how to do this.

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