The initiative that started life as "Biodata Management Guides"
<http://dataversity.org.nz/r/topic/79O0PiKtlviEkL5TV0bYQO> has morphed
into a Biodata Management Framework. Instead of our original plan to
write two of a set of twelve guides, we decided on a smaller project to
write all twelve in one go. How will we do that? By writing only very
rough guides. While the resulting guides will be of limited use,
especially to more specialised data managers, the overall result will be
a framework that should help to make biodata management less
overwhelming, especially for smaller councils.
It will also mean that we can test the output of this project and get
feedback on its usefulness, before investing further in the project. If
this works, some of you may even take on the maintenance of a guide or
two. TFBIS have agreed with all this and are funding Horizons who have
engaged me to progress it.
We are developing even this simple guide iteratively. With the help of
some steering team members, I have started work on a rough outline of
the guide at <http://dataversity.org.nz/guide/practices/>
You'll see that it has all twelve biodata management areas where we
figured guides were needed. For each of them (aside from the gaps),
there is a simple maturity model with a description of each of five
levels of maturity.
The aim is that you could use this table to do a quick assessment of the
state of a biodata management initiative, large or small. You could then
use it to prioritise areas in which to improve practices. In each area
of biodata management, the framework then has checklists for getting
from each maturity level to the next.
Each area in the framework will also have user stories, so we know what
we are talking about and reference resources including links to
discussions. And each area will have an owner who you can talk to if you
want to help improve the framework.
For now, you will see that the content is very very preliminary. Here's
how we are going to improve it.
1 I will continue to work on the framework, with the help
of the steering team.
2 Any member of Dataversity can log in to this site and
edit any page of the framework. Please do that, or at least
just suggest improvements by replying to this email.
3 I plan to hold workshops in Wellington, Auckland
and Christchurch to test out and work on the framework.
More on these soon. Please come along to one!