Independent Government Observers Task Force

I helped organize and participated in the Independent Government Observers Task Force

Municipal Governments (Working Group Chair: Daniel X. O’Neil). This group will focus on issues involved in citizens attempting to build interfaces around municipal government data. Technical issues such as harvesting techniques and presentation techniques will be covered, as will social issues such as negotiating for the release of public data.

Seal of the Great Seal of Approval

The conference was sponsored in part by public.resource.org.

Business Ethics Consulting Website

First website for a timely new company, Business Ethics Consulting Group LLC. It’s a nifty fresh little site that gets all things done you’d expect to see– about them, why you need them, how to contact them, and other things.

It also has a news section based on TypePad. David Montgomery uses the easy TypePad publishing platform to publish some great insights on moving past Enron and smart commentary on current topics in business ethics. Overall, a great new addition to the internet and the burgeoning world of RSS.

Businessethicsnews

Document Management System Research and Consulting

Led a large requirements gathering, industry/ tool research, and process consulting engagement for the Law Department of a large Midwestern city. The mission was to discover the document management needs of the Department, match those needs to features of existing enterprise document management vendors, and make a final recommendation. The process went like this:

  • Interview stakeholders in each of the 13 division of the Law Department, discovering needs and features and documenting best practices in the Department for migration to an eventual Document Management System
  • Compile the results into a comprehensive review of the Department
  • Research the Document Management market, match the needs of the Department to available software
  • Contact a chosen set of vendors and lead the evaluation of each product, attending demonstrations, asking questions, and vetting the answers
  • Assemble the final candidates into a comparison matrix, including pricing and feature-to-feature views
  • Come up with a final recommendation for the client
  • Now looking forward to managing the implementation of the system chosen by the client