Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Digital final reports available

We completed our project to digitize and make available via the web 425 of our pre-2003 final reports. This involved digitizing about 90,000 pages. These reports make up the majority of our knowledge base, now with a total of 581 reports available.

A major challenge in this project was copyright permissions for figures and tables in older reports. In the pre-internet days we had requested permission to use figures in tables in the report. However, we did not specifically request rights to use electronically. Taking the conservative approach we used a contractor to obtain digital permission from the original copyright holders.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Increasing communication

Time flies when you're having fun. I've been too busy to update my blog, so I will try to pick-up from today.

Had a meeting with our senior managers today as well as received a preview of our IT strategy. A common theme that I heard was that there is a need for more communication. We heavily used teams and meetings to launch a number of KM initiatives. However, after the strategies were developed and we got involved in the doing, we focused more on implementation teams rather than broader user teams. We've lost a lot of the momentum with the users and the original vision has become cloudy. In the next few weeks, there will be more effort in sharing information on our activities.