This blog doesn't normally reprint press releases, but this was pretty engaging as is:
Cabinet Office names Director of Digital Engagement M2 Presswire May 13 2009
The Cabinet Office has appointed Andrew Stott to the new role of Director of Digital Engagement, a position created to take forward the Power of Information agenda. The Director of Digital Engagement will be based in Government Communications at the Cabinet Office and will work across Government departments to encourage, support and challenge them in moving from communicating to citizens on the web to conversing and collaborating with them through digital technology. The Director will:
- Develop a strategy and implementation plan for extending digital engagement across Government.
- Work with communications, policy and delivery officials across Government to make digital engagement an everyday part of the work of Government.
- Work with Directors of Communications to ensure that digital media are included in the reporting of reaction to Government policy and initiatives
- Work closely with web teams to ensure that digital communications are making the most effective and efficient use of hardware and software.
- Act as head of profession for civil servants working on digital engagement.
- Ensure that digital engagement is always a leading part of Government consultations.
- Introduce new, cost-effective techniques and software for digital engagement.
- Convene an expert advisory group made up of the leading experts on digital engagement to provide advice to Ministers and act as a sounding-board for the Government's digital engagement strategy.
The Director of Digital Engagement will chair the cross-Government Knowledge Council, established in 2007 in response to government's desire to more effectively and securely manage its knowledge and information assets and provides pan-government strategic leadership on all aspects of knowledge and information management. The Council is the formal governing body for the knowledge and information management and aims to build capability in order to meet the challenges and opportunities that arise in a complex digital society.
In 2008, the civil service published the government knowledge and information management strategy entitled Information Matters. The strategy aims to build government's capability in managing its knowledge and information. The National Archives supports and guides government on knowledge and information management by setting standards and encouraging the re-use of public sector information. It also supports the professional development of the government KIM community. The Government KIM team is also based at The National Archives and provides the secretariat for the Knowledge Council.