Saturday, October 18, 2008
To find out all about the award and see some photos from the awards ceremony see the latest News on the Regional Knowledge Resource Kit.
Other highlights of this year's actKM Forum Conference, held on 14-15 October 2008 in Canberra, included Dr. Jane Chrystal from Central West CMA presenting on their pilot Regional Knowledge Strategy, and the innovative Collaboration Cabaret. The Collaboration Cabaret saw conference participants collaborate in the weeks leading up to the conference to create a unique piece of entertainment staged at the Conference Dinner. In doing this, delegates explored focused, online collaboration using a variety of Web 2.0 tools prior to the event - actively learning (or learning more) about collaboration by really doing it.
To see other presentations and information from the conference visit the actKM Forum website.
Thursday, May 15, 2008
The Regional Knowledge Leaders training workshops continue, this week the team are HOT in
“I really did enjoy the training. The team had refined the 3 days of training that I did in December to a very tight and professional two days of training. They had a good mix of experiential and paper based learning and I would recommend the training to all those involved in NRM.” Megan Tattersall, Aust Govt NRM Facilitator, NSW Biodiversity
“THE COURSE WAS GREAT!.... THE PRESENTERS EXCEEDED THE COURSE!!!” Garry Reynolds, Aust Govt Facilitator, NSW Coastal and Marine (pictured below at his certificate ceremony with Bruce Boyes)
“It was really good!!! And I’ve finally got a decent pen!!!” Tony Clancy, Communications Manager, Land & Water
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Knowledge Futures blog by Luke Naismith describes the Regional Knowledge Resource Kit as 'an incredibly valuable KM [Knowledge Management] resource'. (Luke currently works for the Strategic Directions Unit of the Victorian Government’s Department of Justice).
A blogger in France picked up on Luke's post and included a link to the RKRK wiki page. Stan Garfield (from Hewlett Packard) also picked up Luke's post and included it in his blog post entitled: KM and Sports, Dave Pollard and Bruce Hoppe, Regional Knowledge Resource Kit, KM Toolkit, Managing Knowledge-Based Initiatives.
Monday, April 28, 2008
In March, we had 8 participants at the training session we ran in Adelaide. They came from a range of different regions in SA and Victoria including: Kangaroo Island, Adelaide & Mt Lofty Ranges, Eyre Peninsula, Alinytjara Wilurara, Mallee. There was also a representative from South Australia's AG NRM Facilitator team.
We had 9 people in Melbourne from North East CMA, West Gippsland CMA, Murray Darling Basin Commission, Glenelg Hopkings CMA and the Regional NRM Facilitator network.
In West Wyalong we had 12 people from Murrumbidgee CMA, Western CMA, Lachlan CMA, Hawkesbury-Nepean CMA, Lower Murray Darling CMA and the AG NRM Facilitator NSW and ACT teams.
The training continues and we are greatly enjoying taking so many enthusiastic people through the process. We are told often that the training is well-structured and participants are getting a lot out of it. It is great to hear that the resources we're providing at the training and on the RKRK are being received positively and with great eagerness.
Signing off until we reach the Northern Territory (14/15 May),
Melanie and Bruce
Monday, April 7, 2008
The Western Australian NRM Conference went really well and I think I could fairly say that the team enjoyed the beautiful South-eastern region of WA.
We met many people and demonstrated our products (RKRK and NRM Toolbar) at the stall including staff from: the Ord Catchment Reference Group, the Northern Agricultural Catchment Council, Rangelands NRM Co-ordinating Group, Peel-Harvey Catchment Council.
Visitors to our stall were also very interested in the LWA products.
Since making contacts with people at the conference, we now have a few more attendees at our Regional Knowledge Leaders training sessions and a couple of regions have now signed up for the Evidence Base software.
Below: Mat demonstrating the NRM Toolbar while others look on.
Thursday, March 20, 2008
We'll have a stand at the conference (number 15) so if you're there, please drop by. We're hoping to talk to more people from the regions who might be interested in Regional Knowledge Strategies and we'll be showing the NRM Toolbar up on a tv too.
Nerida is speaking about our work on Tuesday 1st April at 1:30pm.
So, back to my packing of boxes for the courier! Can't wait to visit WA!
Monday, March 17, 2008
Participants have described the first Regional Knowledge Leaders training workshop, which was held in Brisbane on 6-7 March, as excellent. Regional Knowledge Leaders training sessions are being conducted across Australia between March and May. The training is designed to enable regionally based people to facilitate Regional Knowledge Strategies using the resources in this Regional Knowledge Resource Kit.
Have you registered for the training in your State/Territory? Register now to avoid missing out - click here to find out more.
The Brisbane Regional Knowledge leaders training workshop was organised through the Friends of the Regional Knowledge Resource Kit and was hosted with the assistance of the Queensland Regional NRM Groups Collective and the Queensland Department of Natural Resources and Water (NRW).
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
Apart from hearing some very interesting speakers the Knowledge for Regional NRM Program shared a booth with LWA and the National Land and Water Resources Audit.
We had lots of interest in the Program from the various State Government Departments who were attending and a selection of Research and Development Corporations. It is amazing to hear about all the databases and information sources which we will be linking in behind the NRM Toolbar.
We are always on the lookout for relevant new content to add to the coverage of the NRM search engine.
Our next posting will be after our first Queensland Knowledge Leaders training on March 6-7,2008.
Thursday, February 28, 2008
- Managing a Workforce of One from Hewitt Associates
- Collaboration is all about People from James Robertson at Step Two Designs
- Trying out a Peer Assist with 3 of our colleagues
- Setting the agenda for the rest of 2008
- Evaluating our Common Interest Working Groups and where to from here.
Friday, February 15, 2008
Hi all I have just spent another fascinating week. Sunday through to Tuesday evening last week I was at Charles Sturt University School of Information Studies in beautiful Wagga Wagga, NSW. I was very lucky to be invited to sit on a Think Tank which was looking at the future of information management education at CSU. CSU is one of the few universities which offers undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD opportunities for librarians and information managers. I met up with some old friends from the information industry such as Sally Dallas from Zenith Information Management (providers of information professionals to all types of organisations), Robert McEntyre from Robert McEntyre and Associates (who I have worked with in the past developing strategic plans for library and information services), Kay Harris who for many years has been one of the key people in driving the Online Conference which is held in Sydney every 2 years, and met Mike Eisenberg from University of Washington iSchool.
I also learnt that CSU has 28 PhD candidates who are undertaking research in information management. Very impressive. The venue was the wonderful Wine and Grape premises at CSU which is set in a vineyard with the most spectacular views.
The end of the 2 days left me very confident that CSU will develop into an iSchool like the model used in the USA.
I could not resist but take photos.
This event was topped off with a visit to Buckman Labs and dinner with Mark Koskienimi the MD for Australia and New Zealand. Buckman is famous for being one of the (if not the) first ever knowledge enabled company. Robert Buckman's book 'Building a knowledge-driven organization' is a classic in the KM field. This photo is of Mark Koskienimi MD of Buckman Labs in front of their amazing premises in Wagga Wagga, NSW.
Monday, February 4, 2008
We had 4 State level participants who were put through the entire Knowledge Strategy process as documented in the Regional Knowledge Resource Kit (RKRK).
Feedback was excellent and I am meeting with the participants for a follow up on the 14th Of February when I am back in Melbourne for the VCMC KM Meeting
We are now booking the other States into our calendars for he Regional Knowledge Leaders training and expect all States to be completed by the close of the Program on 30 June 2008
Our next blog will be from Alison, Claire and Pam (AANRO manager) from the VALA conference in Melbourne.
Thursday, January 31, 2008
The aim of the workshop was:
- to network and collaborate with other colleagues involved in social and economic aspects of NRM
- to determine the social and economic capacity, knowledge and research priorities of NRM regions in Qld, and
- to inform and guide future collaborative research and capacity building.
There was a great mix of Regional NRM Body staff, researchers and consultants, Australian Government, Queensland Government and Local Government participants.
The highlight for me was the presentation by Nicole Blackett on the MERI (Monitoring, Evaluation, Reporting, and Improvement) process which I have convinced her to add to the RKRK (Regional Knowledge Resource Kit). This was the best description of the MERI process I have heard yet.
Also, the presentation by Mark Fenton on the Social and Institutional Foundations of NRM, RECaP project. Both these presenters stand out as being excellent communicators with an ability to convey complex topics in simple and straight-forward language. Also, Mark presented without Powerpoint - what a joy!
Day 2 was based on interactive sessions using techniques working around 'world cafe'. This gave us all a great opportunity to network and learn from each other.
Another highlight was the fantastic Japanese restaurant we went to for dinner on day 1 and a beautiful venue on the river - the Brisbane Powerhouse Terrace level.
DNRW (Derec Davies) is now following up with the setting up of a Community of Practice around social and economic issues in NRM. More news soon...
Next blog will be about our second RKRK Knowledge Leaders Training being conducted in Melbourne right now.
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
We're here with Kangaroo Island NRM to observe a Performance Story pilot workshop and then explore links between our Regional Knowledge Strategy process and the Performance Story process. You can hear about Performance Stories in this presentation (mp3 audio). One of our Regional Knowledge Strategy pilots, NRM North in Tasmania, has already also gone through the Performance Story pilot process.
Despite an amazingly strong, cold wind, we were last night able to take a walk to explore some historic sites in the town of Kingscote where we are staying, including a visit to Kangaroo Island's penguins. The Island is famous for its natural assets, particularly its wildlife.
Friday, January 11, 2008
There has been quite a bit written recently about web 2.0 and social software – particularly headlined by the Facebook rage. It got me thinking about the tools our team uses. We have a blog (yes, this thing you’re reading), a Google calendar that the team contributes to, and a couple of Google groups. Some other examples:
- Many of us have Facebook sites.
- Nerida and Bruce use Twitter a ‘micro-blogging’ program she can send short messages to via email or mobile phone.
- Alison, Claire, Nerida and Bruce are on LinkedIn (a professional networking site).
- Bruce has his own personal blog and China blog. Kathy writes her own blog (through http://www.blogger.com/) (oops, must update this - K).
- Claire and Melanie have Google Reader to subscribe to websites using RSS (Really Simple Syndication) Feeds – a great way to see when something new has been posted on your favourite websites, from one page (rather than having to visit every website separately).
Max Kiesler, an internet reviewer, has posted in his blog a list of 40 open source (free) social software programs. He writes:
While large scale social sites like Flickr, Digg, Youtube and Myspace have predominated the web-o-sphere over the past few years there still is a need for narrow content verticals in this arena. This list will give you links to 40 open source resources to get you started building your own social bookmarking, networking, filesharing or search application. The following is a list of what I consider the be the best open source social software that I've found over the past year.
Find his post here.
And Robin Good has also reviewed some options for collaborative software in a recent blog post here. He got some of his list of products from a website http://www.kolabora.com/ which looks very interesting – it’s an RSS feed all about collaborative software.
Monday, January 7, 2008
Phew, seems ages since the last blog – well it WAS last year!! Happy New Year everyone! Hope you all had a fabulous holiday and to those of you still on holiday – don’t forget to come back, we miss you!
The main event of December (apart from all the seasonal festivities of course!) was the National Core Team training held in
Now we would hate to raise anyone’s blood pressure after the lowering effects of a chilled Xmas on the beach, but the deadline is fast approaching for tenders for a trial provision of an independent advisory service to assist NRM bodies select decision-making approaches. Proposals must be received by email no later than 5pm AEDT on 18 January 2008 (ha! I remembered to put 08 not 07!), with one hard copy received by mail soon after. For more info see http://lwa.gov.au/Apply_for_Funding/index.aspx
Try to stay cool in the January heat everyone! More soon…cheers, Kathy
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Up the creek without a… canoe???
Imagine being shown a beautiful traditional Tasmanian bark canoe and being asked “Can you build us one of those?” No instructions in any language, much less an allen key…
It seems that this is pretty much what a small team of indigenous boat builders were faced with when they got together to build one – but with the ultra-modern help of a CT scanner, the result was the Toillinne Bark Canoe Project, the first full size bark canoe built by Tasmanian Aborigines in 170 years, winning the actKM Award for 2007, and "a HIGHLIGHT!" of the actKM conference for Melanie. Melanie says that, accepting the award at the actKM conference dinner on behalf of the
From collecting the bark, to fumigating it, to painstakingly constructing it section by section, to successfully testing it on the
Friday, November 30, 2007
The schedule for delivery of this software has been finalised and it will be available from the end of Feb 2008.
The team has already received interest in the software from ten regions that are looking to use it to catalogue internal hardcopy material and link to external digital items. Key features of the new software will be:
- the ability to select search results of interest from the NRM Search Engine and automatically add the metadata from that source into the knowledge base, dramatically reducing the need to add metadata;
- the ability to select where research has been done and automatically adding decimal degrees from the Place name Gazeteer, allowing generation of Google map interfaces in future releases;
- a standard metadata schema but also the ability to add your own customised metadata fields, for example your organistation 'themes';
- a built in workflow for any member to add suggestions of new items but then going through a nominated quality assurance moderator.
If you are interested in what the Knowledge Base software could do for you, please contact Mat Silver from the team for a chat.
Friday, November 16, 2007
It's a shame Melanie and Bruce are not in town - they're still on the road back to Canberra from Colac where they were meeting with the Corangamite CMA. This regional body is up to stage 3 of the 5 stages within the process for developing a knowledge strategy. The Regional Knowledge Resource Kit is available at www.rkrk.net.au with lots of great information for regional bodies.
Anyway, hope to see Bruce and Mel in the office Monday - bright-eyed & bushy-tailed (as they say) **where does that phrase come from??
Saturday, November 10, 2007
What is the proper density (per sqr metres) required for establishing a new riparian vegetated zone comprising a diversity of trees, shrubs and groundcover?
Other question topics include:
- roadside vegetation management policy and management guidelines for local governments
- Envirofund money provided in the Wet Tropics
- Land & Water Australia's knowledge and adoption program
- what research has been done on serrated tussock management.