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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.

Filed under Taxonomy at 9:35 pm

4 Responses to “Testing testing 1, 2, 3 - enterprise architecture tax’o'no’my”

  1. Stig Andersen wrote:

    Hi J,

    Just curious; I was under the impression that,,, and was to become one site/portal, as we are getting the new Hovedstadsregion? You are working head on at H:S as if nothing has happened or…


  2. That looks like a mighty fine site - I hope that it is possible to track down relevant information thru the metadata :-) but at a first glance there seems to be little or no data on the overall important subject of Enterprise Architecture - maybe that will be a job for EA Gruppen ?
    A few us out here will be very interested in the combined experience with the tool from all of u pilots :-)

  3. Thorendal wrote:

    Thanks for your comment, Stig.
    Yes we (as in H:S, KA and FA) are making a portal for the hole region, but this is a seperate project related to pilots who has experience with EA. And as H:S is doing a lot of high quality it-architeture it was interesting for VTU to use us a pilot. Another pilot on the project is KA! But of course as long as we are not one region we produce seperate documentation for our it-architecture choises.

  4. Thorendal wrote:

    Per, I think the trial periode runs until late March. I am not sure how exactly they plan to handle the evaluation or when they will modify the system in accordance to the feedback they will get from the pilots. But next version will definitely be more interesting, also because there will be quite a few documents in it at that point.
    I will keep you posted!

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