Archive for April, 2008

Email Versus Wiki Collaboration Graphic a Big Hit

April 8, 2008

Pretty cool, the Wikinomics blog posted a blog about a graphic we (Intellipedians) have been using in the government to represent the comparative differences and advantages of wiki collaboration over email. 

Although the blog states Chris Rasmussen from the National Geosptatial-Intelligence Agency created the graphic, I created this graphic in a PowerPoint brief back in June 2007 to senior leadership at the United States Central Command to demonstrate how wikis could be used to more rapidly draft contingency plans, which Chris kindly noted in a later comment on a second posting about the graphic.

Several of us Intellipedians use the graphic when briefing and introducing new users to Intellipedia.  We find it useful for visualizing the inherent inefficiences of email when collaborating on a document since this former process creates multiple copies of a document which are normally edited separately.  This often causes headache when it comes time to integrate all the different edits contained in multiple versions scattered in one’s email inbox or finding the most current one if done sequentially. 

I am interested in what a more detailed visualization of document collaboration would look like if a formal graphic based on system dynamic modeling were used.  It would also be nice to compare Google Docs to a wiki, which has been suggested by others.  Anybody feel like creating one?

Email versus wiki collaboration



DNI Releases U.S. Intelligence Community Information Sharing Strategy

April 8, 2008

Last Friday, April 4, 2008, the Director of National Intelligence release the first ever United States Intelligence Community Information Sharing Strategy.  The document outlines the compelling need to transform from a “need-to-know” to “responsibility-to-provide” culture as outlined in the 2005 National Intelligence Strategy and sets out a stategy and implementation agenda with goals, objectives and initiatives.  Many of these initiatives mirror and incorporate those identified in the 2008 DNI 500 Day Plan for Integration and Collaboration.

The strategy aligns with other existing policy, law and recommendations to improve information sharing following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, such as the 2007 DNI Intelligence Community Policy Memorandum 2007-200-2 dealing with responsibility-to-provide; 2007 National Strategy for Information Sharing; 2007 DOD Information Sharing Strategy; 2007 DNI 100 Day Plan for Integration and Collaboration; 2005 Executive Order 13388; 2005 Memorandum for the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies; 2005 WMD Commission Report; 2004 Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act; and the 2004 9/11 Commission Report.

All of these documents contribute to a growing policy foundation for creating and sustaining a more collaborative intelligence commununity.