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Owen Ambur 

Silver Spring, MD & Hilton Head Island, SC



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E-mail as a Stage of Immaturity through Which We Must Pass:  Best Practices for Business-Quality Communication, March 6, 2015 - Working Draft

Driving a Stake in the Heart of the Capone Consultancy Method of Records Management:  Best Practices for Correcting Non-Records Non-Policy Nonsense, March 4, 2015

Strategy Markup Language (StratML) - Product/Service Description Schema & InfoPath Form | Election Candidate Issue Statements in StratML Format:

          2014 Elections

          2012 Elections

          2010 Elections

            Other Plans in StratML format:

  • Solutions for Increasing Economic Performance and Jobs: Reforming Maryland's Department of Business and Economic Development - Plain XML text | Styled
  • How to Save the Republican Party, by Michael Gerson & Peter Wehner - Plain XML text | Styled
  • The Republican Party's Growth & Opportunity Plan (GOPGOP) - Plain XML text | Styled - Registry Business Case as of January 2, 2011, prior to redesign & October 31, 2012, when last captured in the Internet Archive prior to shutdown by GSA - Life Cycle, History, Enhancement Requirements, Stage 2 & Stage 3 Elements

Federal Information & Records Managers (FIRM) Council

Plain Old Jim: A Tribute to Jim Abdnor, by Herb Sundall | Senator John Thune's Eulogy for Senator Abdnor, May 19, 2012 | James Abdnor Obituary, by Jon Lauck

        Even at 80 former Sen. Jim Abdnor retains voting bloc," Sioux Falls Argus Leader article, February 23, 2003

Augie Alumni News Article StratML, January 6, 2010

OMB M-10-06, Open Government Directive, December 8, 2009

OMB M-08-15, Records Management Tools, March 31, 2008

Interview with Government Computer News (GCN), August 6, 2007

Raines' Rules Revisited, October 24, 2006 - PPT | PDF

        Implications for Record-Keeping by Organizations Arising From:

  • More XML Stuff
    • Some Wild & Crazy Thoughts on Potential Applications of XML, June 12, 2001
    • XML in a Citizen-Centered e-Government: Having Our Cake and Eating It Too, article in GSA newsletter on XML Applications in Government, January 2002
      (Local Copy, November 9, 2001)

  • Some Meetings of Interest to Me (outdated)  See also

  • Information and Records Management Law & Policy Links of Interest to Me

  • eGov, eRecords & XML ... in Order to Create a More Perfect Union. Presentation, eReg COP, November 18, 2002 (Local Copy)

  • Comments on OMB's Information Quality Guidelines, August 7, 2001 (Local Copy)

  • eGov, eRecords & XML.  Presentation, FIRM Forum, June 6, 2001 (Long Version)
  • It's the Record, Stupid!  Presentation at Secure E-Business Executive Summit, May 7, 2001
  • Et Tu, Uncle Sammie? The Challenge of Records Management in the Lewinsky Age.  Presentations before Gaithersburg and Northern Virginia Chapters of ARMA.  October 12 and Ides of March 2000
  • Reconsidering the Higher-Order Legitimacy of French and Raven's Bases of Social Power in the Information Age. July 15, 2000
  • Comments on Section 508 (Accessibility) Regulations, May 15, 2000
  • Virtual Communities: Cyber Spaces for the Social Graces. May 11, 2000, presentation.
  • Taking a FIRM Stand: E-Records and the President's E-Gov/E-Society Directives. February 2, 2000. Expanded Version of Article for the E-Gov Journal on behalf of the FIRM Council
  • For the Record, Metrics Matter ... But Does Uncle Sam Care About Quality Management? November 11, 1999

    • ISO 9000 - Quality Management Systems, Paraphrased from Total Improvement Management, by H. James Harrington, McGraw-Hill, Inc., 1995
    • ISO 15489 - Records Management
  • Standards of Interest to the Federal Information and Records Managers (FIRM) Council
  • When Push Comes to Shove: The Potential to Protect Personal Privacy and Preferences Via P3P, Digital Personas, and X.500.  May 2, 1999
  • Web Records.  Logical and Statutory Requirements:  Proposed Strategy & Objectives for the Ad Hoc Workgroup on Web Records.  Department of the Interior.  April 14, 1999.  (Slide Show)

A light bulb in the socket is worth two in the pocket.
~Bill Wolf (1950-2001)

Don't panic too soon!

~Jim King

I'm writing to you while it's fresh in my mind.  I'll tell you about it some other time.
~ Jim Schoon (quote from 1960s)

Some definitions I derived from 34 years of experience in the Federal bureaucracy:

Party ~ A meeting for which no records are kept. (See also: "tacit knowledge")
E-mail ~ A stage of immaturity through which we must pass. (See also: "chaos")

Company (Firm) ~ A group of people
subscribing to the same data elements for mutual monetary gain. Association ~ A group of people subscribing to the same data elements for mutual mental gain.
Complaint ~ An expression of a problem insufficient to effect a solution.

IT Architecture ~ An abstraction sufficient to enable inaction.

Revolution ~ Evolution on Internet time.

Old (off-line) Stuff

  • Functional, Technical, and Resource Requirements for the Servicewide Document Management System: Findings of the Requirements Analysis Team, Together with Recommendations and Alternatives.  Team Leader and Author.  Division of Information Resources Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  August 3, 1995
  • Congressional Handbook, 102nd & 103rd Congress, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 1991 and 1993
  • Monkey Management: One-Minute Manager Meets the Monkey Seminar Notes, November 28, 1990
  • ISDN: All the World Is a LAN.  Montgomery County College.  December 12, 1989
  • Targeting Farm Aid Toward Efficiency.  Forum for Applied Research and Public Policy.  Vol. 3, No. 2. Summer 1988. pp. 41 - 48
  • Selling Out the Family Farm: A Classic Case of Good Intentions Gone Awry.  Joint Economic Committee, Congress of the United States.  November 24, 1986.  S.Prt. 99-208
  • A Systems Approach to a More Efficient Mail Flow in a Congressional Office.  The Catholic University of America. December 1976
  • Happiness Is... The Catholic University of America. October 1976
  • Man as a Limited Capacity Information Processor: Implications for Classroom Learning and Limited Capacity Teachers and School Psychologists.  The Catholic University of America. Fall 1975
  • School Psychology, Two Personified Models.  The Catholic University of America. Fall 1975
  • Congruity -- Fact, Artifact, or Oversimplification: Toward an Empirical Science of Attitude

Professional Affiliations

  • American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) - Former Member