Collaborative Expedition Workshop #44, Friday, September 23, 2005 at NSF    (2YH0)

Pioneering Governance Mechanisms for Collaboration: Toward High-Performance Mission Delivery in a Networked World    (2YH1)

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1. Purpose / Description    (2YH4)

Purpose: To explore the potentials and realities of governance mechanisms that support virtual organizing and distributed, high performance work by knowledge professionals and Communities of Practice.    (2YH5)

In Light of this Purpose, How are We Building Collaboration Readiness and Discernment? Key Workshop Questions:    (2YH8)

  1. How can multiple communities from diverse sectors work together using relevant scenarios to build stewardship practices that support readiness and realization of shared missions?    (2YH9)
  2. How is the emerging maturity of notation systems generally, enabling multiple notation systems to reinforce and map to one another, while contributing to current demands for real-time readiness and visibility of the "whole picture"?    (2YHA)
  3. How can the capacities of trust, agility, and accountability be achieved through federated stewardship among communities still building common ground and understanding?    (2YHB)
  4. How can Communities of Practice define their identities, roles, and governance relationships in a manner that reinforces their individual and collective capacities?    (2YHC)

The President’s Management Agenda (PMA) requires all federal agencies to transform the roles and relationships among people, processes, and technology in order to become a citizen-centered government. The PMA emphasizes bringing value and productivity results to citizens, businesses, and public managers. The Federal Enterprise Architecture (FEA) is emerging as an important collaborative organizing process to promote the delivery of effective, efficient services. FEA Reference Models serve as catalysts for foresight and discernment around improved mission and business performance, including data and information-sharing.    (2YJ2)

/AdditionalContextualBackground - from the Network of Communities of Practice    (2YHD)

8:30am - Check-in and Coffee    (2YHF)

8:45am - Welcome and Overview - SusanTurnbull, GSA, Co-chair, Emerging Technology Subcommittee and Co-chair, Social, Economic and Workforce Implications of IT and IT Workforce Development Coordinating Group, Subcommittee on Networking and Information Technology Research and Development    (2YHG)

and Information and Communications Technology R&D in the U.S. Federal Government - Suzi Iacono, Ph.D., Acting Deputy Assistant Director of the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE), NSF'''    (2YHH)

9:15am - Introductions: What are your interests in light of the workshop purpose? Who is missing from this dialogue?    (2YHI)

9:45am - Bridging Distance in Collaborations: Lessons Learned from a Broad Look at Collaborations in Science and Engineering and the Corporate World, Judith S. Olson, Richard W. Pew Professor of Human Computer Interaction, Professor of School of Information, Ross School of Business, and the Department of Psychology, University of Michigan    (2YHJ)

Abstract: Many organizations today find value in connecting people who are not co-located so that they can work together. Corporations frequently refer to this kind of work organization as “virtual collocation.” In science and engineering, these environments are often referred to as “collaboratories,” implying laboratories without walls. At the University of Michigan, my colleagues and I have been involved over the past decade in supporting the development of some of these environments and, more recently, in identifying and collecting data on nearly 200 US-based collaboratories. From these investigations, we have extracted lessons learned, and have embodied them in a Theory of Remote Collaboration (TORC) and in a series of practical questions called “the Collaboration Wizard,” which can evaluate collaboration readiness. The key elements of collaboration readiness are not only technical (i.e., having the right technology to support the work), but are also and, perhaps primarily, social (i.e., having common ground, not assigning tightly coupled work to distant locations, and being technically ready). I will provide examples of how the theory works, and illustrate the Wizard.    (2YHN)

10:45am - Break    (2YHO)

10:45am - World Wide Consortium for the Open Grid: Toward A Government/ Private Sector Partnership for Rapid Delivery of Capabilities in a Networked World - AaronBudgor, Ph.D., Managing Director, W2COG Institute,    (2YHP)

12:00pm - Lunch    (2YHQ)

1:30pm - Governance in the Development of an OASIS Standard for Business Documents- JonBosak, Sun Microsystems.    (2YHR)

This talk will outline the OASIS process for the development of technical specifications and share lessons learned in using the process to develop UBL (Universal Business Language), a suite of XML standards for electronic procurement.    (2YHS)

Note: The afternoon is a joint session with the Ontolog Forum. Please note the new call-in number from 1:30 - 3:30 pm. The joint session page is at:    (2YHT)

3:30pm - Reflections on OASIS framework Applied to Virtual Consortia Implementing Open Standards-based Pilots - RexBrooks, President, Starbourne Communications Design, Human Mark-up Language in New Kinds of Collaborations {nid 2YYX} Kinesic Gesture Example    (2YZ9)

3:45pm - Discussion    (2YYY)

4:30pm - Adjourn    (2YHU)

2. Collaborative Expedition Workshop Series Background    (2YHV)

The Collaborative Expedition workshops serve individuals and policy-makers from all sectors: government, business, and non-government organizations to practice an emerging societal form that advances realization of the citizen-centric government goal of the President’s Management Agenda. Each workshop organizes participation around a common purpose, larger than any institution, including government. By learning how to appreciate multiple perspectives around the potentials and realities of this larger “purpose”, subsequent actions of individuals representing many forms of expertise, can be expressed more effectively in their respective settings. Workshop sponsors, including, GSA Office of Intergovernmental Solutions, the Architecture and Infrastructure Committee of the Federal CIO Council and National Coordination Office of the Interagency Committee on IT R&D (Social, Economic and Workforce Implications of IT and IT Workforce Development (SEW) Coordinating Group) value this “frontier outpost” to open up quality conversations, augmented by information technology, that leverage the collaborative capacity of united and diverse Americans seeking to discover, frame, and act on national potentials.    (2YHW)

A key finding of the past year, is the need to apply emerging technologies (web services, grid computing, and semantic web) to tune up the innovation pipeline with better linkages among business incubators (state economic development programs), innovation diffusion networks (SBIR, angel investors, etc.) and business intelligence centers with quality information about e-government and e-commerce gaps. Many of the agile business components surfacing in the small business innovation world are not easily discovered by e-government managers, resulting in lost or delayed opportunities for both parties.    (2YHX)

3. Workshop Archives, Collaborative Pilots, and Related Resources    (2YHY)

4. Upcoming Expedition Workshops    (2YI8)