A key outcome from the presentation to dgspc was the request by the committee members to use the the blog and wiki for their policy committee work. We are now trying figure out how to set these things up from two perspectives: Technical and IM support.
A lot will depend on their requirements but our initial take on this is that unless they feel they need to restrict access we can use the Wiki101 for the collaborative document work. If not then
we will look at how to restrict access to authorized users or if all else fails create another wiki instance (not my favorite option)
It will take a bit of work for the internal nrcan blog since:
i) Blogs have to be created by the blog admin (not such a problem we know how to do it now)
ii) If an individual wishes to comment on a blog, admin has to create an account, in other words users cannot self-register. We could use anonymous accounts but this is not a preferred option. Marc Primeau and I have agreed to pool some resources to sort these issues out as quickly as possible
iii) Finally there are some performance issues re speed, with the blog that need to be looked at.
As was noted at the meeting yesterday blogs and wikis could have significant impacts on culture and the way we work. I would guess that this is also true for dgs and associates. for that reason we should be sure that there is adequate support re bliki orientation for all the key participants. The more Marj's we have rolling up their sleeves and using the technology the better. We hvae begun discussions with Rose and Thorne..and Stephane on how we could provide this kind of support through the libraries.
We are planning to meet very soon with DGSPC committee members to get a better fix on their needs. I will update after that, but in the interim, if there are considerations we have missed, options we should look at or even questions that should be answered please comment.