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Busting The Wild Alaskan Information Silo. Scott Miller (ARCN) & Josh Schmidt (CAKN). What’s an information silo?. An information silo is a management system incapable of reciprocal operation with other, related management systems.

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busting the wild alaskan information silo

Busting TheWild Alaskan Information Silo

Scott Miller (ARCN) & Josh Schmidt (CAKN)

what s an information silo
What’s an information silo?

An information silo is a management system incapable of reciprocal operation with other, related management systems.

Information silo. In Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Retrieved April 13, 2009, from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Information_silo

alaska 4 networks 4 organizational structures 4 silos
Alaska: 4 Networks, 4 Organizational Structures, 4 Silos
  • Same I&M program
  • Same Vital Sign
  • Presented different ways
  • Confusing to public
  • Duplication of effort
how silos affect people an example
How silos affect people: An example

I’d like I&M information on brown bears in Alaska

Hmmm, what’s a network?!?! Well, I’ll click and see what I get.

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This looks pretty good. What’s this Southwest thing? I want to know about bears all over Alaska

I’ll click this ‘Networks’ link.

Maybe there are more networks

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What the heck is this? Looks like there are

many of these network things.

Maybe there’s a national catalog?

Dang. No catalog.

Can I search all the networks?

Double dang.

Well I’ll try this Southeast network thing.

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Well, there seems to be something about bears here.

But why does it look different than that other bear site?

Aren’t these all Park Service sites?

Am I lost?

(Why are they taking vital signs of moose?)

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Well, here’s an Arctic Network site that has info on brown bears

This one looks different, too. I don’t get it.

Aren’t these all the same program?

What’s going on?!?!

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I could waste all day searching all these network things.

It’s all one program! Why isn’t there a catalog of these Vital Sign things?

why do we inflict this torture we have a silo oriented architecture
Why do we inflict this torture? We have a silo-oriented architecture
  • Silo #1: I&M Program Silo: Non-I&M People don’t think about I&M information the same way I&M people think about I&M information
  • Silo #2: Network Silos: Our solutions make sense to people inside a network silo, but not to anyone outside a network silo.
the solution
The Solution
  • We have a good start with Service Oriented Architecture and Web Services
  • Centralize what we can at national level
    • Vital Sign Profiles
    • Resource Briefs
    • Reports
    • Datasets (already doing this NPS Data Store)
  • Focus talents more at national program applications, less at network-level apps
alaska region current model silos
Alaska Region Current Model (Silos)
  • Arctic Network Website
  • Boilerplate I&M Program Info
  • Network info
  • Personnel info
  • Vital Signs
  • Reports
  • Projects
  • Datasets
  • Central Alaska Network Website
  • Boilerplate I&M Program Info
  • Network info
  • Personnel info
  • Vital Signs
  • Reports
  • Projects
  • Datasets
  • Southwest Network Website
  • Boilerplate I&M Program Info
  • Network info
  • Personnel info
  • Vital Signs
  • Reports
  • Projects
  • Datasets
  • Southeast Alaska Network Website
  • Boilerplate I&M Program Info
  • Network info
  • Personnel info
  • Vital Signs
  • Reports
  • Projects
  • Datasets
alaska region proposed integrated model sans silos
Alaska Region Proposed Integrated Model (Sans silos)
  • National I&M Website
  • Boilerplate I&M Program Info
  • Reports (NR Publications website)
  • *Datasets (NPS Data Store)

Point # 1: If it can be cataloged and shared it goes up here

  • Alaska Region I&M Website
  • Regional Personnel info
  • Regional Vital Signs Catalog
  • Regional Projects Catalog & Tracking
  • *Dataset Catalog (from NPS Data Store web service)

Point # 2: If it’s network specific it goes down here

Alaska SQL Server

  • Arctic Network Website
  • Network specific info
  • Network Personnel info
  • Network Vital Signs Catalog
  • Network Projects Catalog & Tracking
  • *Dataset Catalog (from NPS Data Store web service)
  • Central Alaska Network Website
  • Network specific info
  • Network Personnel info
  • Network Vital Signs Catalog
  • Network Projects Catalog & Tracking
  • *Dataset Catalog (from NPS Data Store web service)
  • Southeast Alaska Network Website
  • Network specific info
  • Network Personnel info
  • Network Vital Signs Catalog
  • Network Projects Catalog & Tracking
  • *Dataset Catalog (from NPS Data Store web service)
  • Southwest Alaska Network Website
  • Network specific info
  • Network Personnel info
  • Network Vital Signs Catalog
  • Network Projects Catalog & Tracking
  • *Dataset Catalog (from NPS Data Store web service)

Shared Catalogs

NPS Oracle

Database

Web Services (Systems Oriented Architecture)

NPS Data Store is great silo-busting example

our plan
Our Plan
  • Form regional website committee
  • Determine ‘one-size-more-or-less-fits-all’ website outline
  • Develop unified website template ‘look\feel’
  • Build back-end database & web catalogs
  • Populate database
  • Review info
  • Launch
benefits
Benefits
  • Silos minimized, info centralized & shared
  • Shared investment of effort
  • Minimal upkeep
  • Specialized talent is focused where needed
    • Graphic design by graphic designer
    • Database design by data manager
    • Content written by coordinators and scientists
  • Ready bake tools
    • Automatic accommodation of staff turnover
    • More use and buy-in minimizes loss of institutional knowledge