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November 13, 2007

Warming up for London

by Thorendal

Well I like minimalistic blog posts these days…

I was currently warming up for my yearly trip to London for the Online Information Conference. As always I am very much looking forward to see what is going on on the international marked.

If I manage to overcome my worst fears, my ambition is to give a speech there next year, if I find an interesting business case. And as I just changed job it should be pretty easy to find an interesting case to explore more in details.

Anyways I am looking very much forward to entering Olympia Hall again in a couple of weeks.

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September 2, 2007

ESDH in SOA

by Thorendal

Earlier this week I attended in a 12 hour workshop arranged by CSC and KL. The greater topic for this seminar was how to merge ESDH (the Danish expression for Electronic Case and Documentation Handling) with a proper SOA.
And how interesting is that! Well to me it is spot on what I find interesting workwise, so I did actually use a hole day of my holiday on this arrangement.

My background in library and information science as education and enterprise architecture as work experience must be pretty much a perfect base for having an opinion about this arrangement’s topic. And as it was a workshop there was plenty of time to share my thoughts and hopes for this business. And luckily most of the other attendee felt the same way, so it was an interesting day.

Some of the things there were discussed during the day was:
- What is the core functionality in ESDH
- What do we think the vision is for ESDH
- What are the barriers for the development in ESDH
- Which demands need to be set for FESD II

As there are no rights and wrongs in a discussion about the future there are no really conclusions to sum up on. But one thing can be said though about what must be the conclusion after all, and that is, that most of the people in this forum agreed upon the need to think more in the direction of SOA when it comes to the survival of ESDH in the future. It was also agreed upon that the discussion about it-governance cannot be ignored.

CSC and KL is going to send out a sum up on the day and the discussions we had, and I expect the report they put together will give a good idea about where ESDH will go in the next couple of years. I expect it to be interesting reading!

After dinner John Gøtze joined us and talked about different perspectives on Enterprise Architeture and SOA.
John is an old colleague of mine and he has always been inspiring because of his passion for his work and the architecture-field in general.

By the time I hit my house I was exhausted, it had been such an intensive day and evening. It had been a brilliant arrangement, as everyone had participated greatly. Even though a lot of the attendees were vendors, everyone seemed to have the same goal for the day: To communicate openly and work together.

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February 6, 2006

Testing testing 1, 2, 3 - enterprise architecture tax’o'no’my

by Thorendal

Back when I was working in the Ministy of Science, Techonology, and Innovation I was specifically working on a new cross national project about an it-architecture artefact library. It was very interesting, and I do thrive on being working on projects that are two steps ahead of most development locally, nationally and internationally. So this project was spot on what excites me as an information professional.
The first phase of this project was to develop an enterprise architecture taxonomy in coorporation with a bunch of consultants from Devoteam Fischer Lorentz. This was a lot of fun as I got to get pretty close to their methodology and had the chance to mix it with my own opinion and experience.

So I ended my employment by the end of September 2005 to join the it-architecture division in H:S Headquater’s Informatics department. I have loads of different assignments but one of them is to participate in a pilot trial at the exact same project that I was working on in the ministry. During the last couple of months the ministry have managed to set up the library with the embedded taxonomy. They have chosen an open source system called Plone. It seems pretty good, at least for the purpose of this project, and they have managed to set it up fairly nice and simple.

My role as a pilot is to upload - or to index - an amount of documents in this new system using their taxonomy, which I find to be a lot of fun (yawn - I know, boooring), as it has been a long time since I have been working with the system from a conceptual point of view. It is very interesting to have had the chance to be on both sides of the project and to have seen the development that it has been through. Put mildly it has been a more than a double-loop-learning process, but now the system is there and is ready for testing!

Today I was looking at documents to index which in it self is a bit of a challenge as a lot of the documents that is work documents in my department is very techincal documents. I do not have a technical background so it is hard for me to understand everything that is dealt with in them. But I found some interesting documents with a bit of help from my senior manager, Stefan.

I haven’t actually started to index the documents just yet, but I will be doing so over the next week. It will be interesting to give it a go, and to make a general review of the system.
It will be another month and a half before the trial periode will be over, so it will be pretty interesting to see what kind of changes the system will go through in the nearer future. You can have a look for yourself here.

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November 24, 2005

Online Information 2005

by Thorendal

Next week I am off to the Online Information Conference at Olypia Hall in London. I have mentioned the conference and exhibition before, but this time I am actually going for the conference. It is going to be so exciting, so many intersting speakers and topics.
It begins on Tuesday and goes on until Thursday. I haven’t got around to actually dicide which lectures I am going for, but I know which areas I am going to go for. They have extended the programme this year, so there are going to be so many interesting things to explore.
I know a guy, Lars Silberbauer Andersen, from DR (National Broadcasting Corporation in Denmark) who is going too, and he is suppose to give a presentation as well. That will be interesting to hear, though I have probably heard some of it before as I know him from our Meetup for Information Architects where he has introduced his work.

Anyways I can strongly recommend this event - in fact I will promise you that it will be absolutely amazing!

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