Picking up on the issues surrounding the various ‘knowledge sharing’ initiatives across the public sector â€“ as recently aired by the article in Public Sector Forums. Far from there being any power struggle amongst the various protagonists (IDeA, esd-toolkit, DCLG/Leeds City Council, Gov eXchange), I would judge the recently launched Communities web site developed by the IDeA as the clear winner. From initial specification to live launch took 5 months, and cost significantly less than the (alleged) investment of over Â£1million pounds for the TALK>> initiative sponsored by the ODPM (now the DCLG). Strangely this appears to have disappeared from view at the previously known location – and has been â€˜TALKED >>â€™ about for over 12 months with nothing yet delivered!
The IDeA communties initiative is functionally rich with various social networking tools (Messaging, Blogs, Wikis, People Finder) as well as providing a Knowledge Repostiry in the form of a document library for members of the community. Take-up is relatively slow at present, though this is more a case of people not knowing itâ€™s there than a reluctance to use it. Rememberâ€¦you heard it here first!