This web site is based on my consulting and research on open dataproject management, the mediastandards, and mobile technology. Individual white papers and other public documents are here. Also included here are occasional book and movie reviews. Contact me via email at ddmcd@yahoo.com.

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Thursday
Feb262015

Dennis McDonald's Weekly Top Ten

For a given 7-day period this list shows the most popular Managing Technology posts.

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Monday
Feb232015

Risk Management, Open Data, and Government Shutdowns

A sudden turn-off of digital access to government services — as might be required by the agency shutdown — must at minimum be figured into the risk management planning of any organization planning to offer or use products or services that are dependent on government-sourced open data.

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Monday
Feb162015

The Oscars Are Coming The Oscars Are Coming

I was certainly not surprised that the best movie I saw in 2014 – Interstellar — was not nominated for Best Picture.

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Tuesday
Feb102015

OMB Releases Federal Data Inventories – So What?

Still, knowing that data exist – which is what the inventories will tell us — is not the same as accessing and interpreting the data. Even assuming the public eventually gains access to the inventoried data, we’ll still need contextual information about the programs described by the data and measurement of the impacts these programs have.

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Friday
Feb062015

Are DHS Project Managers Ready for Another Government Shutdown?

As the specter of a shutdown of the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) begins to loom large, my thoughts turn again to how such a shutdown will impact projects and project managers at DHS (other than the obvious impacts of increasing taxpayer costs and disrupting scheduled public services, of course).

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Friday
Jan302015

LinkedIn and Online Anonymity: What’s the Point?

I used to be amused at those who browse LinkedIn anonymously. After all, I thought, what good is online anonymity to a service that is promoting professional networking? The two seemed at odds with each other.

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Monday
Jan262015

Knowing An Organization’s Data Management Maturity Helps Promote Effective Open Data Program Planning

Each data element in a data asset inventory has its own “lifecycle” that when properly managed provides a framework for tracking and optimizing how data are used from creation through obsolescence.

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Friday
Jan232015

Open Data Management at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Much of what the EPA staff talked about involved processes and activities that are necessarily associated not only with “open data” but with any data intensive business process. Data must be managed. Systems that share data need to be coordinated. Resources need to be allocated and shared. Such requirements are not unique to “open data” but are universally relevant.

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Tuesday
Jan202015

When it comes to marketing data, “With much data comes much responsibility"

If you’ve spent any time in the market research business you know how cost competitive data services can become. Pressures to maintain data quality mount while customers seem to always want more while paying less.

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Sunday
Jan182015

My Writing, Workflow, and Spiral Bound Notebooks

While I sit in front of a computer most of my working day and use the keyboard and mouse a lot, when I have to write something I usually write it out by hand using one of my fountain pens, a gel pen, or a pencil. I’m not a very good typist. Besides, I enjoy writing things by hand since I think it helps my thought process. But what happens to the paper after I write something?

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