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Towards a Unified Publications System at the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Michael D. Levi MSIS ’05. Project Goals. Generate all publications output from a single system HTML, Print, Fax, etc. Eliminate data inconsistencies

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Towards a unified publications system at the u s bureau of labor statistics l.jpg

Towards aUnified Publications Systemat theU.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Michael D. Levi

MSIS ’05


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Project Goals

  • Generate all publications output from a single system

    • HTML, Print, Fax, etc.

  • Eliminate data inconsistencies

  • Introduce a common platform for functional expansion and metadata

Towards a Unified Publications System at BLS


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Project Overview

  • Building on existing Table Generation System (TGS)

  • Expand to include different styles of tables

  • Expand to include more sophisticated process flow

Towards a Unified Publications System at BLS


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TGS Architecture

Towards a Unified Publications System at BLS


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Technical Challenge

  • Camera-Ready Copy

    • PDF or Excel

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Organizational Background

  • IT mirrors org chart

  • Power lies in programs

  • Stove pipes with little incentive for collaboration or communication

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Managerial Challenges (1)

  • Generalized systems have a history of failure

  • Must driven by program, not by technology

  • Must have dedicated support and maintenance

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Managerial Challenges (2)

  • Eight separate organizational units working together:

    • 3 program offices

    • 3 project offices

    • Office of Publications

    • Division of Data Dissemination Systems

Towards a Unified Publications System at BLS


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Development Strategies

  • Program sponsors with concrete business needs

  • Rational Unified Process (RUP)

    • Multiple iterations

    • High risk areas first

  • Start small, then expand

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Addendum

  • XML Schema and examples available upon request

Towards a Unified Publications System at BLS


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