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How to share information

information sharing report

What: "Government Information Sharing: A Planning Toolkit," by the Center for Technology in Government at the University of Albany.

Why: The report outlines 16 elements -- including organizational compatibility, project management and strategic planning -- that contribute to data-sharing capability. The manual provides guidance and self-assessment steps for government professionals overseeing data sharing.

Verbatim: "The concept of 'information sharing capability' used in this toolkit balances two different notions of capability. One is that capability is composed of a set of generic dimensions that apply in practically any project. The other is that these dimensions may be applied or interpreted differently, depending on the nature of a particular initiative. Because each initiative has its own goals, resources, and capability issues, the toolkit provides a means to assess all the important dimensions of capability in a way that can be adapted to a wide range of situations."

Download: Get the report here.

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Reid Davenport is an FCW editorial fellow. Connect with him on Twitter: @ReidDavenport.

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