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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

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

Michael D. Levi

MSIS ’05

project goals
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

project overview
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

tgs architecture
TGS Architecture

Towards a Unified Publications System at BLS

technical challenge
Technical Challenge
  • Camera-Ready Copy
    • PDF or Excel

Towards a Unified Publications System at BLS

organizational background
Organizational Background
  • IT mirrors org chart
  • Power lies in programs
  • Stove pipes with little incentive for collaboration or communication

Towards a Unified Publications System at BLS

managerial challenges 1
Managerial Challenges (1)
  • Generalized systems have a history of failure
  • Must driven by program, not by technology
  • Must have dedicated support and maintenance

Towards a Unified Publications System at BLS

managerial challenges 2
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

development strategies
Development Strategies
  • Program sponsors with concrete business needs
  • Rational Unified Process (RUP)
    • Multiple iterations
    • High risk areas first
  • Start small, then expand

Towards a Unified Publications System at BLS

addendum
Addendum
  • XML Schema and examples available upon request

Towards a Unified Publications System at BLS

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