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March 31, 2014 / Council of State Archivists

March 27th CoSA Member Webinar Summary

On Wednesday, March 27th, the Council of State Archivists held their monthly member webinar. The March webinar was entitled, Talking to the Top: Advocating to Your State CIO. For those members who were unable to attend the webinar in person, (or, more appropriately, via phone or computer!) here is a brief summary of the program.

The panelists for the webinar were Kris Stenson, Electronic Records Archivist for the Illinois State Archives and co-Chair of the SERI Advocacy and Awareness Subcommittee; Veronica Martzahl, the Electronic Records Archivist for the Massachusetts State Archives; and Eric Sweden, National Association of Chief Information Officers (NASCIO),Program Director, Enterprise Architecture & Governance Committee. The webinar represented an opportunity for state archives and records management staff to gain insight into ways in which communication with state CIOs might be established or ways existing lines of communication might be strengthened, to the benefit of all parties involved.

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NASCIO is both a forum and advocacy arm which fosters government excellence through quality business practices, information management, and technology policy. The national non-profit association provides state CIOs and state members with products and services designed to support the role of state CIO, stimulate the exchange of information and promote the adoption of IT best practices and innovations. NASCIO holds national conferences and briefings, produces research and publications, and hosts webinars.  ImageAccording to the NASCIO website http://www.nascio.org:
“The Enterprise Architecture and Governance Committee was developed to enable the mission of state and local government. Government must continually reinvent itself to remain relevant by effectively and efficiently providing services to the citizens of this country. The path to this continual transformation must embrace leadership, management, coordination, communication and technology throughout government. Enterprise architecture is the discipline to appropriately define and leverage these capabilities within the complexities of government.”
Please visit http://www.nascio.org/committees/ea/index.cfm#about to learn more about the activities and publications of NASCIO’s Enterprise Architecture and Governance Committee.

The webinar consisted of a Q&A format with Eric Sweden graciously responding to questions presented by Veronica Martzahl. Some highlights from the program included:
• key terms and vocabulary to use that will resonate with state CIOs like cyber security, open data and data management
• recommendations to consult NASCIO briefs and reports available on the website, and utilize said briefs and reports when meeting with state CIOs
• recommendations for successful interactions with state CIOs and their staff
• invitation to CoSA members to join NASCIO committees

Eric Sweden was receptive and welcoming of CoSA participation and engagement with NASCIO, in particular urging CoSA involvement with NASCIO committees, and opening up a dialogue between CoSA and NASCIO. He underscored that an excellent opportunity for cross-jurisdictional collaboration existed and encouraged the members to take advantage of it.

To experience the webinar in its entirety, visit http://www.statearchivists.org/seri/STEP/SERI_Educational_Webinars.htm#tttt.

Mark your calendars for the next SERI Education Webinar on April 8th, Electronic Records Policy, and for the next CoSA Member Webinar on April 24th, Interns: A Two-Way Street : How to design meaningful internship opportunities. 

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