Fish gotta swim, wikis gotta fly

GCN Insider | Fishery agencies in Alaska rely on a wiki to manage technical information

Three government agencies are responsible for coordinating the management of fisheries in Alaska: the National Marine Fisheries Service, Alaska Department of Fish and Game, and International Pacific Halibut Commission.

With all that information to coordinate, you might think the fishing industry would, well, flounder.

But that's hardly the case. The agencies are using a wiki to post and share technical information.

The Electronic Reporting Professional Specialty Group hosts the wiki at elandingstest.alaska.gov/confluence/dashboard.action.

With three government agencies and two contractors involved, 'we needed a central place to post technical documentation, project schedules, meeting notes, test plans,' said Larry Talley, information technology specialist at the National Marine Fisheries Service.

Although the participating software developers and systems administrators are comfortable with sharing and editing information online in a wiki, Talley said, some of the others involved ' steering committee members and project sponsors ' agree with the concept of the wiki but tend to fall back on the more familiar method of e-mail.

Talley and his team have 'chosen to just let adoption take its own course,' he said. 'We think that the advantages will continually become more apparent. We don't need to go out and beat the drum.'

Shark Week comes but once a year, but IT specialists can check out the interagency wiki anytime. Just for the halibut, surf over to elandingstest.alaska.gov and see for yourself.

About the Author

Trudy Walsh is a senior writer for GCN.

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