Nerida Hart from Land & Water Australia is about to give the final presentation for Open Publish 2008, on improving information and knowledge management in the national resource management sector.
- Land & Water Australia ... and what's happened within knowledge management there in recent times.
- Land & Water is an R&D corporation, with the Australian Government Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry portfolio.
- Spend about $36 million a year on R&D, with about 70% of this done in collaboration with others.
- The scientists at Land & Water buy, broker and manage research ... the scientists there are really project managers.
- from early 2005 to June 2006
- scoping, collaboration and initial delivery
- time spent looking for information? Managers lose about an hour a day searching for corporate information ... and not finding it.
- problems with knowledge from phase 1 ... fragmentation of information sources, better define and communicate information and research needs, better information seeking and knowledge practices, diversity of circumstances and user preferences with regard to accessing information.
- from July 2006 to June 2008 ... from when Nerida joined
- aim was to test concepts, develop products and services, and commence implementation ... released three packages
- (package 1) better practice in knowledge management for regions ... a resource kit and training package. See the Regional Knowledge Kit ... with the process built in, and all of the resources. Also used the Anecdote methodologies.
- (package 2) the National Resource Management Toolbar ... from October 2007 ... for searching across many different related databases, decision support tools, professional associations, brokering services, alerting services, and more. See www.nrmtoolbar.net.au.
- (package 3) knowledge brokering for regions ... an online form to submit questions, plus systematic reviews of the literature to help everyone keep up with what's going on. Also with networks of expertise, and decision support brokering service.