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Fertilizing a Thousand Flowers Rob Willis, Ross & Associates Node Mentoring Workshop New Orleans, LA March 1, 2005.

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1 Fertilizing a Thousand Flowers Rob Willis, Ross & Associates Node Mentoring Workshop New Orleans, LA March 1, 2005

2 Let a Thousand Flowers Bloom Full saying, 'Let a thousand flowers bloom, let a hundred schools of thought contend' Origin –One of Chairman Mao's rejoinders to the Chinese people during the Cultural Revolution. Derived Meaning –Encourage many ideas from many sources. Sinister History –Mao asked for a thousand flowers to bloom, historians believe it was to encourage the opposition to show themselves so that they could be suppressed.

3 Challenge for the Network and its Partners/Users The key challenge facing the Network is supporting Partners in designing and managing the Flows that will leverage the value of the Network, and, in doing so, expand it.

4 Session Objective Identify how communities of interest are the basis for a systematic and explicit mechanism in supporting Partners in designing and managing the Flows that will leverage the value of the Network, and, in doing so, expand it. –Identify the key points from yesterdays programmatic tracks –Ground truth a proposed Systematic Approach to Flow/Exchange Management and Development.

5 From the Programmatic Sessions To streamline participation documentation is worth its weight in gold. Sessions mentioned resources –Dependence on Grants –Importance of having the right people available at the right time. Informing the customer, aka creating demand! –EPA Programs need to know to ask –State Programs need to know to ask Key then is plugging these people in.

6 What I heard yesterday from the plenary Most of the questions still had to do with tying program knowledge to the process. –Where is that applied? XML Schema Data Standards Flow Configuration Documents Link of programs to the security of the Network.

7 Today: The thousand flowers have bloomed because of Organic fertilizer Today it works because the Network community is distinct enough to allow Partners with like interests to connect. IPTs emerge and operate organically Resource support to the IPTs variable IPTs are the only game in town for a systematic approach to Flow design, development, and management* –Therefore flow design, development, and management happen on a project by project basis. –IPTs emerge and serve a project

8 Tomorrow: Organic is good but... Isnt the answer to create demand/customers. –The starting point cannot be on a project by project basis. The logical participation point and entrée for Programs in design, development, and management of Flows. –A good deal of the time we spent yesterday was between the nodes. We need to create the demand for the Network. The enterprising spirit is what defined the early adopters and the enterprising spirit will underlie the ultimate success of the Network.

9 A Systematic Approach to Flow/Exchange Management and Development IDEADESIGN MANAGE & DOCUMENT BUILD & IMPLEMENT EXCHANGE

10 Communities of Interest creating Network Data Area Strategies In aggregate, provide a list and prioritization of projects in each data area. Show specific projects, Flows, and/or services link to a larger Network strategy. Provide a venue and framework for individuals to find others with shared interests. Provide a venue for connecting Network activities to those of external communities (e.g., ASDWA, ASTSWMO, etc.). Provide a structure for creating linkages across Flow groups. Entice new people and groups into the Network community. Provide Network governance with a planning tool for identifying needed support/guidelines, since the strategies will always represent the leading edge of Network Implementation.

11 Network Data Area Strategies NDAS Shared Objectives for Data Area

12 Flow Design Tools Flow Design Questions Flow Design Patterns, e.g., Data Publishing NDAS Shared Objectives for Data Area Flow Design IPT Design Patterns Etc.

13 Manage & Document NDAS Shared Objectives for Data Area Flow Design Network Flow Portfolio Flow Name eDMR TRI Etc. Components Used Etc. IPT Design Patterns Etc.

14 Flow Management Originally we kept Network Administration separate from data issues. –Identified it as a critical component of governance Flow Management consists of: –Leadership in identifying focus areas –Support (Political and resource) for the convening of communities of interest. –Supporting Flow Design –Support and Stewardship of Flow Products –Tracking Network Flow Implementations

15 Leveraging the efforts of first adopters Network when building Flows: Economies of Scale –re-use –tech transfer –specialized service providers Talked a lot about this yesterday

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17 Questions?

18 Contact Information Rob Willis Ross & Associates Exchange Network Website:


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