10th Annual Knowledge and Information Management for the Public Sector (KIMPS 2010)
|Event Date/Time: Sep 28, 2010||End Date/Time: Sep 29, 2010|
* Cost savings: utilising KM to drive efficiency
* Measurability: demonstrating value for money and return on investment through organisational change
* Public sector relocation: how to manage knowledge and information transfer
* Shared services: develop effective shared services for knowledge and information management
* Cloud computing: realise the benefits
* Web 2.0: using it to engage with citizens and staff, improve service and cut costs
* Horizon scanning techniques: applying them in the public sector to achieve strategic agility and resilience
Foreword by the Chair: Peter Griffiths
Ark Groupâ€™s KIMPS conference takes place in times that will be difficult for many knowledge and information managers in the public sector, not just at UK national government level but in its constituent Home Nations and at local government level, not just in central government but in its agencies, and indeed at international level.
Many KIM professionals will be considering how to achieve their targets and to deliver higher quality whilst having access to fewer resources - whether those are in the form of staff members, improved technologies, or access to information services. Budget reductions are now coinciding with the departure of many "baby boomers" from the workplace, while we are seeing the wholesale closure of public sector organisations that are no longer considered to meet requirements. Add to this a professional ethos where practitioners strive to go on delivering the highest quality service to their users - both conscious users such as library patrons and unconscious users such as members of staff who create and file documents on corporate file systems - and it becomes clear what opportunities this year's KIMPS conference offers to meet fellow professionals to examine and debate these topics.
We're making progress on some long-standing issues such as harvesting knowledge from experts who are leaving the organisation; but are our systems robust enough to deal with the dispersal of an entire's organisation's expertise? In other areas such as "KM on a shoestring" there are further experiences to share against the new financial and political backdrops.
None of this is going to be easy. There are many competing demands that will seem more important and more attractive to political new brooms, so that a convincing case for knowledge and information management will have to be re-made, possibly in new terms and taking account of new factors. Individually and collectively we must show that KIM makes a worthwhile difference, that it delivers value for money, and that it ensures the public sector at all levels remains efficient, effective and compliant in its use of information and knowledge resources.
Despite the pressure on our available funds, there are new technology issues that offer improvements and demand our attention, and there are new and growing areas of work such as information assurance where KIM skills offer tangible benefits that can be achieved in the short rather than the longer term.
As chair of this year's KIMPS conference, I'm looking forward to sharing the experiences and views in the contributed papers as well as the opportunities to discuss professional issues with delegates. I look forward to meeting you there.
Peter Griffiths was formerly head of information in the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) at the Home Office. He had previously been head of information services unit with responsibility for libraries, knowledge management, intranet and websites. His earlier career was at the Department for Health and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Peter is a Fellow of CILIP, the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, and was the Instituteâ€™s President in 2009. Peter is the Author of Arkâ€™s Knowledge and Information Management in the Public Sector Report.