Kundra requests inventory of latest knowledge management apps

Knowledge Management Working Group to conduct survey

Knowledge management is on the agenda of the Obama administration.

Federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra has asked the Federal Knowledge Management Working Group to conduct an inventory of the applications that agencies use to capture and share the expertise of their employees, Jeanne Holm, co-chair of the working group, said today at the Open Government and Innovations conference in Washington.

Kundra also is interested in hearing about the current best practices for collaboration.

In conducting its surveys, the group is especially interested in bringing to light some applications in use at smaller agencies, or perhaps in small groups in large agencies, said Holm.

These applications might be focused on “local” issues in those groups, but might have broader applicability. “I’m hoping we can find good local solutions that we can take and mature,” she said.

In some cases, the technology itself would not be scalable, but the methodologies could be, Holm said.

The working group, once part of the Federal CIO Council but now an independent group, includes 700 members from government, industry and academia.

Washington Technology's owner, the 1105 Government Information Group, sponsors the conference.

About the Author

John Monroe is Senior Events Editor for the 1105 Public Sector Media Group, where he is responsible for overseeing the development of content for print and online content, as well as events. John has more than 20 years of experience covering the information technology field. Most recently he served as Editor-in-Chief of Federal Computer Week. Previously, he served as editor of three sister publications: civic.com, which covered the state and local government IT market, Government Health IT, and Defense Systems.

Reader Comments

Thu, Jul 23, 2009 Nurul Aman Boston

I am really fascinated and energized by this realistic and timely initiative taken by Federal CIO under Pres. Obama administration. I happened to explore the realistic application of KM in healthcare reform for America while I was working on my PhD dissertation in 2007-08. My reserach topic was KM application in Healthcare and IT management. I am currently working on that idea to put it into work for healthcare management and reform for the US. I would love to have the opportunity to present my idea of KM application in Healthcare reform with the right people at the Federal CIO office of Mr. Kundra.

Thu, Jul 23, 2009 Pragmatica Innovations Virginia Beach

This sounds great and is a step in the right direction. However, the crux of the problem isn't in finding the perfect application or in unearthing the methodology that has grown from the use of the application. Using a methodology is great as long as its knowledge foundation is ‘structurally’ sound. By structure in this case, I am referring to the metamodel or the underlying data structure - the 'grammar' and 'sentence structure' of the knowledge if you will. Rather than focusing on sending out search parties in search of the perfect application, why not focus attention on building out the Federal Enterprise Architecture (FEA). The current FEA contains references to knowledge management and some rudimentary measurements of its technological maturity but lacks ‘structural’ details. Mature the FEA to the point where it can be used as a reference model or standard to analyze the 'grammar' and 'sentence structure' of each application. Then when the working group uses this standard to compare against, they will know they have found an application that meets the minimum ‘grammatical’ requirements for a knowledge management application. Completing this foundational piece will enable standardized knowledge communications and transfer within as well as across agencies.

Thu, Jul 23, 2009 PJ VB

700 people on the hunt for knowledge management applications... One would think that if we had a central application registry structured around the FEA model that described who, what, where and how they used applications in the federal domain that would only take ONE (1) person.

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