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Entries in Project Management (116)

Monday
Mar232015

Is Making the CFPB’s Consumer Complaint Database More "Open" Good Or Bad?

Realistically it’s also impossible to control what people say online about companies. Just type the name of any large company into the Google search engine followed by the word “sucks” and you’ll see what I mean.

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Friday
Mar062015

USAID’s “Frequently Asked Questions” and the Management of Open Data Programs

By itself, just documenting a process is never enough. Also needed is a sufficiently-resourced governance structure that supports program management in how systems and processes are changed and in how they operate.

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Monday
Mar022015

Will NOAA’s “Big Data Partnership” be a Model for Other Government Agencies?

One thing that’s different with the NOAA data partnership program is not just its focus on making data available for access and exploitation via the cloud but the changing market environment in which it will be operating.

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Friday
Feb272015

Observations and Questions about Open Data Program Governance

After this week’s call with Socrata’s Health Data Publishers Roundtable about working with data owners I put together a few thoughts to share with the group. Here are some observations along with a list of questions that I think deserve further discussion.

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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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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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Tuesday
Dec162014

Looking Beyond Open Data Availability to Managing Open Data Value

Policy and theory are great but only usefulness and impact lead to real sustainability.

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