Dr. Brand Niemann is a leader in the use of Web 2.0 technology in the public sector. With a 27-year government career under his belt, he currently serves as Senior Enterprise Architect in the Office of the Chief Information Officer (CIO) of the Environmental Protection Agency. ExecutiveBiz is honored to have him speak in the government track at our upcoming Web 2.0 conference on November 1 at the Reston Hyatt.
Dr. Niemann has received a number of accolades for his work in technology and Web 2.0. He“™s been recognized by the EPA; the Department of the Interior; LOTUS Best Application; ComputerWorld-Smithsonian Innovation Competition; and the Office of Management and Budget and the Quad Council“”just to name a few.
Interoperability“”so critical to cross-agency communication“”has been a central focus of Dr. Niemann’s work. In fact, he’s using his Web 2.0 knowledge to write an online book titled Data Architecture, Modeling, and Networks: EPA and Cross-Agency Data Architecture, Sharing, and Reuse.
Dr. Niemann is also known as a leader for using Web 2.0 technologies to enhance communities of practice (CoP). For example, he uses Wiki technology to provide training in conjunction with communities of practice. He’s also the Co-Chair of both the Federal Semantic Interoperability CoP (SICoP) and the Federal Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) CoP.
In line with his work supporting communities of practice, Dr. Niemann helps them put on Web 2.0““related events, like the 4th SOA for E-Government Conference. He stays busy with conferences, it seems; Federal Computer Week asked him to help organize The 22nd Semi-Annual Spring Government CIO Summit, which he did, including giving a keynote speech.
Dr. Niemann sees Web 2.0 as an integral part of the government’s future, and he’s actively involved in making it happen. For example, he has served as Secretariat of the Best Practices Committee of the Federal CIO Council. Also, having worked with XML Web services, emerging technology, eBusiness, webcasting, and many more Web 2.0 technologies, he has seen the agility and productivity they bring to the workplace.
In addition to the upcoming Web 2.0 conference on November 1, those interested in the subject may find the Collaborative Expedition Workshops hosted by the GSA and the NSF to be helpful. And for free Wiki and other Web 2.0 tools, users can go to the Collaborative Work Environment. Thanks go to Dr. Niemann for pointing out these helpful resources.