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Owen Ambur 

Hilton Head Island, SC



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Presho High School Class of 1968 - 50th Reunion, July 27 - 29, 2018

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) - 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

Walt Conahan, a truly good guy, 1927-2015 -- Photo | Obit

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  • Some Meetings of Interest to Me (outdated)  See also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

  • Genesis of the XML Working Group, February 22, 2000

  • 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

  • Letter from President G.W. Bush regarding participation in Line of Business Task Force, September 20, 2004
  • 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
  • The New Paradigm: Implications for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Memo to the Director, December 20, 1990
  • 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 -- Available online via the JEC & Google as well as here on my website.
  • A Systems Approach to a More Efficient Mail Flow in a Congressional Office. The Catholic University of America. December 1976
  • Letter contratulating Senator Jim Abourezk on his retirement announcement, January 29, 1977
  • 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
  • Article on political panel at Farmers Union convention, October 15, 1974, at which I represented Congressman Abdnor - scan 2 & scan 3
  • Article on Nixon inaugural ball, January 22, 1973

Professional Affiliations

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