An article in Government Computer News addresses the lack of progress on information sharing across organizations.
A lack of clear strategies and concepts of operation is holding up progress on information sharing, Martin Smith, director of information sharing for the Homeland Security Department’s CIO Office, writes in a new report.
Smith’s commentary, “Ten Barriers to Information Sharing,” is included in a two-part report on information sharing—from government and justice perspectives—published yesterday by the National Association of State CIOs. The report is available at www.nascio.org.
Basic lack of definition and clarity on many levels is a strong hindrance to advancing information sharing, Smith said, describing at least 10 obstacles that must be overcome.
In addition, there is difficulty in separating “real” business rules—rules established by law or recognized business reasons—from common practice, or “tribal knowledge,” in a workplace, Smith’s report said. Documenting the necessary business rules is a huge task and is hampering the quick establishment of new rules that meet the requirements, Smith wrote.
“Digital rights management is an existing technology for ensuring [that] business rules accompany the content of information exchanges. Further iteration of this technology would be a federated identity management system,” Smith said.
The report said Smith’s opinions are his own and do not necessarily represent the opinion of DHS.