MISA/ASIM Canada Forms New Collaborative Groups
December 19, 2012
MISA/ASIM Canada has formed new groups to facilitate national projects of
benefit to municipal IT departments, while stepping up activities with other
levels of government in Canada
and with international organizations.
Bulko reports that a new special-interest group has been created for large
municipalities. With representatives from Toronto,
and several other cities, the group had its first teleconference July 19 and
has since had further discussions toward providing mutual assistance with major
Municipalities Special Interest Group is also working to compile and organize a
knowledge base of technological information that can be shared with all
municipalities within the MISA/ASIM Canada community.
The group’s chair,
Rob Meikle of the City of Brampton, Ontario, can be reached at email@example.com.
Another new group
has been formed to assist vendors who want to be involved with MISA/ASIM Canada
member chapters on a national basis.
About three dozen
companies are members of more than one chapter. The National Vendor Member
Program Working Group, with volunteers from MISA BC,
MISA Prairies and MISA Ontario, is developing proposals to enable vendors to
consolidate and add value to their fees for memberships and conferences without
disrupting their current relationships with chapters.
about the working group please contact Roy Wiseman, executive director of
MISA/ASIM Canada, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In other activities:
a member organization in the Public Sector CIO Council (PSCIOC), MISA/ASIM
Canada is helping to drive efforts to simplify IT procurement policies and
procedures. Bulko, who is manager of client relationship management in the
I&T Division of the City of Toronto,
is also chair of the PSCIOC IT Procurement Working Group. A report she prepared
was presented in September to a PSCIOC meeting in Regina, outlining plans to work with the CIO
of Canada, Corinne Charette, and the Information Technology Association of
Canada to develop a framework for common procurement objectives that can be
tested in pilot projects.
Canada wants to promote the adoption of open data by municipalities. A new working group has been formed by the
Joint Councils (comprising the PSCIOC and the Public Sector Service Delivery
Council) to promote open data, and MISA/ASIM Canada will be seeking municipal
volunteers to participate in this inter-jurisdictional group.
data is also of wide interest to municipalities internationally. A project to
link European and North American open-data efforts is being organized by LOLA
(Linked Organisation of Local Authority ICT Societies), with participation and
support from MISA/ASIM Canada.