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Towards a Knowledge Initiative

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Knowledge Management (dissemination) Concepts presented to Natural Resources Canada senior executives (1998). Uses five stages of Web maturity: descriptive, static, updated, dynamic, interactive; published report avaliable

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Towards a Knowledge Initiative

  1. 1. Towards a CFS Knowledge Initiative “ To see the Forest and the Trees ” May 1998
  2. 2. Evolution of Forest Management in Canada Unregulated area Revenue from timber Conservation era Sustained yield Sustainable development Global Stewardship 1650 1850 1900 1950 1987 1997
  3. 3. 1. Search for existing knowledge 2. Data acquisition 3. Database management 4. Information management 5. Knowledge synthesis 6. Knowledge products 7. Dissemination 8. Application Knowledge Production
  4. 4. Knowledge Synthesis Process External Organization People Information Systems Technology Data Database Information Knowledge Application Search (issues, government) (mandate, resources, culture) (analyze, reason, decide) (content, meaning) (information processes) (computers, communication) Information Stage Flow
  5. 5. Knowledge Perspectives Sciences Policy Industry Discovery (quantitative) Balancing (subjective) Competitiveness (proprietary) Clients Partners Organization Dissemination (open) Sharing (restricted) Production (internal)
  6. 6. CFS-KI Framework <ul><li>Knowledge production </li></ul><ul><ul><li>management, search, production, dissemination </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Structure </li></ul><ul><ul><li>foundation, connectivity, content </li></ul></ul><ul><li>External linkages </li></ul><ul><ul><li>technology, institution, partners, NRCan </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Dissemination of Forestry Data and Information <ul><li>Publications </li></ul><ul><li>Seminar / Workshops </li></ul><ul><li>Demonstrations / Field tours </li></ul><ul><li>University lectures / Seminars </li></ul><ul><li>Internet </li></ul>
  8. 8. Advantages to using the Internet <ul><li>Cost effective </li></ul><ul><li>Quick response </li></ul><ul><li>Information integration </li></ul><ul><li>Continuous availability </li></ul><ul><li>Broader reach (non-traditional clients) </li></ul><ul><li>Open, transparent information availability </li></ul>
  9. 9. Internet Challenges <ul><li>Changing organizational culture </li></ul><ul><li>Managing information assets </li></ul><ul><li>Interoperability </li></ul><ul><li>Partnerships </li></ul><ul><li>Rapid technological evolution </li></ul><ul><li>Risk of the unknown </li></ul>
  10. 10. Producing Knowledge Through the Web User Perspectives
  11. 11. Producing Knowledge Through the Web Provider Perspectives
  12. 12. Descriptive Stage
  13. 13. Static Stage
  14. 14. Updated Stage
  15. 15. Updated Stage
  16. 16. Updated Stage
  17. 17. Updated Stage
  18. 18. Updated Stage
  19. 19. Updated Stage
  20. 20. Updated Stage
  21. 21. Updated Stage
  22. 22. Dynamic Stage
  23. 23. Dynamic Stage
  24. 24. Dynamic Stage
  25. 25. Dynamic Stage
  26. 26. Dynamic Stage
  27. 27. Dynamic Stage
  28. 28. Dynamic Stage
  29. 29. Dynamic Stage
  30. 30. Dynamic Stage
  31. 31. Interactive Stage
  32. 32. Interactive Stage
  33. 33. Interactive Stage
  34. 34. Interactive Stage
  35. 35. Interactive Stage
  36. 36. Interactive Stage
  37. 37. Interactive Stage
  38. 38. Upcoming Attractions <ul><li>Expanded National Forestry Database </li></ul><ul><li>CFS Site Map </li></ul><ul><li>Database of CFS expertise (expandable to a national database) </li></ul><ul><li>National database on forest research projects </li></ul><ul><li>Public Interest Items </li></ul>
  39. 39. ResSources Corporate Role <ul><li>Interoperability standards </li></ul><ul><li>Metadata standards </li></ul><ul><li>Policies for a digital environment </li></ul><ul><li>NRCan - sector roles and linkages </li></ul><ul><li>Tools for managing information </li></ul><ul><li>Technological support </li></ul>
  40. 40. <ul><li>Provide forestry knowledge and expertise </li></ul><ul><li>Add forestry data to NRCan databases </li></ul><ul><li>Link to forestry clients and partners </li></ul><ul><li>Participate in cross-sectoral initiatives </li></ul>ResSources CFS Role
  41. 41. ResSources Participation <ul><li>Forestry data in National Atlas </li></ul><ul><li>National digital elevation model for CGDI </li></ul><ul><li>National Forestry Database and SoftAccess </li></ul><ul><li>Climate change working group </li></ul><ul><li>Natural resource community database </li></ul>
  42. 42. ResSources A Suggestion... <ul><li>Measuring the Sustainability of Natural Resources </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Departmental mandate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Every sector has an interest </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Integrate cross-sectoral information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>All sectors would be equal partners </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Real-world application for an NRCan knowledge infrastructure </li></ul></ul>

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