Gary’s paper can be downloaded here:

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Is the traditional Intranet dead? – Alister Webb

In the early days of the world wide web (long ago in the 90s) the challenge was to create a central information site called the Intranet and publish static content to it. Then train staff to use a browser. The meaning of Intranet in the 90s was simple – ‘being online’.

In the early 2000s the focus turned to back end databases. Everyone was talking up dynamic intranets. Intranet in the 2000s equated with ‘content management’.

Now, in 2011, just as dynamic intranets are reaching a high level of maturity, we have a new kid in town: collaboration. Rarely has there been such a buzz going around. To many people, the term Intranet now equates with ‘collaboration’.

How the new kid fits with established Intranet models is a debate now raging inside many organisations. The question starting to be asked is: will the irresistible progress of collaboration sound the death knell of the traditional Intranet?

Over the last decade Alister Webb’s role of Collaboration Manager in Telstra Corporation Ltd has involved him in traditional intranet content management as well as large scale SharePoint deployment. He is in the middle of trying to figure out if they are two sides of the same coin, or have an entirely different DNA.

A wiki for cancer treatment guidelines – Jutta von Dincklage

Ensuring health professionals have access to current, accurate guidelines is a matter of life and death. However several factors work to undermine the delivery of such guidelines:

  • Written treatment guidelines are often out of date by the time they are published as new medical evidence emerges.
  • Public consultation and stakeholder input is important, however it also adds to the delay in publishing written guidelines.
  • Guideline authors, who are health professionals that volunteer their time, collaborate on guideline drafts with “track changes” in never-ending email trails causing regular headaches to project managers and editors.

Cancer Council Australia has been exploring new ways of ‘doing guidelines’ and has developed a wiki platform to develop and publish such guidelines. This presentation will showcase the guideline wiki platform and then discuss the challenges, learnings and rewards of this knowledge initiative with the KM community. The presenter is very eager to receive feedback from the KM community and ideas on how to move forward to the next level.

Jutta von Dincklage has led the development of the wiki platform at Cancer Council Australia over the last 1 1/2 years. This project and her passion for collaboration, knowledge sharing and change management has introduced her to knowledge management world, learning how to look at things from a KM perspective, loving KM concepts, champions and crowd.

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The DOKTOR Research Group at the University of Sydney was delighted to host a dinner with internationally renowned researcher and consultant, Larry Prusak on 18 July 2011.

A noted authority in his field, Larry has lectured and published widely. and was the founder and Executive Director of the Institute for Knowledge Management at IBM engaging in advancing the practice of knowledge management through action research. Larry has had extensive experience, in the US and internationally, in helping major organisations and corporations such as Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, NASA and World Bank work with their information and knowledge resources. He has also consulted with many US and overseas government agencies and international organisations. He is a Professor of Practice at Columbia University in their Information and Knowledge Strategy Program and is the co-author of Working Knowledge, which has sold over 100,000 copies and been translated in 12 languages.

In a major coup for the Business School of the University of Sydney the DOKTOR Research Group was able to entice Larry to come to Sydney. In his four days with us he engaged in a very powerful video interview, provided individual time for discussions with many academics and PhD researchers and was the keynote speaker at a dinner on July 18. At the dinner Larry gave an engaging and inspiring talk about knowledge in organisations, sharing stories of his experiences working in the knowledge field for over 30 years. He also spoke at length about his forthcoming book on organisational judgement. The dinner was attended by practitioners and academics, who enjoyed the opportunity to meet and talk with Larry.