Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Australian Liberal (Conservative) Administration ex-staffers

The cheeky and indomitable Crikey.com website has created an interesting list of where many of the staffers from the current administration have gone.
Crikey Website - Where 200 ex Howard staffers are now
There does seem to be an interesting list of lobbyists in the collection.

Monday, March 06, 2006

Making Central Services work

Support functions don't have to be an overhead on Business Divisions. Using ABM to cost and assess the value of central support services: "The new CEO introduced Activity Based Management (ABM) with aim of building a cost model and, from that, a pricing model. But this was not to be an academic exercise in costing, the CEO also expected solid improvements in central services' effectiveness."

Sunday, March 05, 2006

Understanding Information Infrastructure

I've just stumbled across a guide for Information Architecture. This issue is becoming a major one across Business and Government sectors. Getting all the separate networks to communicate at even a basic level is a major problem for Government so I've provided links to a couple of useful resources.

Understanding Information Infrastructure
provides a good introduction to the issues using meaningful examples.

Roger Clarke would argue that this is nothing new and that he has been writing about it since 1995. His views are to be found at Roger Clarke's annotated Information Infrastructure Bibliography.

The US National Health Information Infrastructure home page has the most recent date of any event (at the time of writing - March 2006) as September 2004. This reflects the difficulties encountered in Australia with Health networks. The National Health Broadband Aggregation project has provided challenges at the basic II level.

The MIT Intelligent Information Infrastructure Project completed in 1997.

And for those that want information to be free, there is the Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure. ffii.org.