Archive for March, 2009

A Pilot project is underway to allow this computer to host Web 2.0 tools for the whole Government of Canada.

A special pilot project is underway to allow this PWGSC-procured computer at Privy Council Office to host Web 2.0 tools for the whole Government of Canada.

“Doug, why would you say there’s been a lack of progress on Web 2.0 by the Government of Canada?”

I’ve been getting this question quite a bit, and my answer has been steady the past few months, meaning I think I’m coming closer to the answer.

I have been able, to myself, nail down to 2 reasons why Web 2.0 has been difficult to implement in the Government. 1 of them I’ve spoken about before. The other reason isn’t easy to give away, but easy to describe.

Lead-up

First of all, with all the rally and support behind Web 2.0 in Government (dozens of committees, dozens more of supporters, hours of lip-service), it’s quite surprising to many that there hasn’t been more progress made on the Web 2.0 front.  Sure, it’s great what’s being done right now, and for now what’s being done is super, and should continue, but…there’s still much more that can be done. And it’s not going fast.

What’s the problem? 2 things. I’ll start first with what I’ve written about before, and then with what I haven’t. It’ll be a brief post. › Continue reading…

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if only Information Management was as cool as it is perceived to be in the movie Tron

Did you know two all-time popular Information Managers had title roles in the Disney movie "Tron"?

Disclaimer: I’m sick. I have the flu and I am jacked-up on meds right now. Not the best time to be doing my weekly posting on my blog, but I’m a soldier. Apologies in advance if some of the following doesn’t make sense, but hey, there may just be a few gems in there somewhere.

I read a paper not too long titled “Information policies: yesterday, today, tomorrow” from the Journal of Information Science (a sensationalistic trade journal if you ask me) which helps to shine light on the oft-little-analysed topic of Information policy.

Download it: Information policies: yesterday, today, tomorrow.

Download it: "Information policies: yesterday, today, tomorrow."

Why do I think Information Policy is important to understand and read? Because too many people know very little about it (especially those self-titled “Information Managers”) and even fewer challenge the notions and myths we have about it. › Continue reading…

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With this guy, you dont need Web 2.0 to get him engaged to work in the Government of Canada.

With this guy, you don't need Web 2.0 to get him engaged to work in the Government of Canada.

I haven’t been able to track it down, but I “heard” that the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada (DFAIT) were running recruitment ads on Facebook and that other departments were following their progress and looking to copy the initiative. I haven’t been able to get a glimpse of these ads (I admit I didn’t really look hard) however I do recall seeing many DFAIT ads on my university campus and on buses.

Here’s my take:

GC departments using (engaging/creative) Web 2.0 tools for recruitment need to use Web 2.0 tools for recruitment.

Facetious? Let me expand:

A government ad on Facebook doesn’t make it “Web 2.0 recruitment by the government”. That’s merely another advertising outlet. Whether the ads are on Facebook, on YouTube, on TV, in a bus, in a newspaper, or on a lamp post.

I see a missed opportunity for the government to really recruit this generation by engaging them.Web 2.0 is about the social web, and these ads merely point them to the Government’s jobs site at jobs.gc.ca and leaves them at the stoop to figure things out by themselves.

Now here’s where I get constructive. The jobs.gc.ca should be more web 2.0-enabled. Examples? › Continue reading…

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