Model details federal 'information factory'

A consultant known for conceptualizing the data warehouse for the private sector now wants to do the same thing for government.

Bill Inmon, president of Inmon Associates Inc. of Castle Rock, Colo., has published an information systems framework that he calls the Government Information Factory.

The high-level diagram details the flow of data through intra-agency, interagency and Web environments. Inmon has published a $45 book about it, titled An Introduction to the Government Information Factory, plus several free white papers, at www.inmongif.com.

About 50 percent of the government framework is the same as its corporate cousins', he said, but the remainder takes into account agency requirements for data security, stewardship and ownership.

The framework is platform- and product-independent, said Inmon Associates partner Guy Hildebrand. It will complement the Office of Management and Budget's federal enterprise architecture effort, not compete with it, he said.

Contact Inmon Associates at 805-481-3065.

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