Paper staff magazines go online

The personnel magazines at the government will eventually be hung on the willows. They appear online in an understated form on the government-wide intranet, where all 13 ministries will later switch. That is what Gerry Bron knows, project manager government portal, one of the speakers Tuesday at the second and sold out Intranet Congress of Entopic

The personnel magazines at the government will eventually be hung on the willows. They appear online in an understated form on the government-wide intranet, where all 13 ministries will later switch.

That is what Gerry Bron knows, project manager government portal, one of the speakers Tuesday at the second and sold out Intranet Congress of Entopic. He went into the ONS project, (Government Communication New Style), which includes the joint intranet that all ministries will be connected to in the future.

One government portal is made of the departmental individual websites and intranet sites. In two weeks the first version will go live on www.rijksoverheid.nl, where four ministries take the first step: the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, the Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Ministry of General Affairs.

The underlying goal of the central intranet is to increase interdepartmental cooperation and knowledge sharing. In addition, the intranet must be a first step towards location and time independent collaboration. There is no mention of savings that such an intranet would generate.

The project was started two years ago and by the end of this year all ministries have to be over.

In the final intranet, government-wide and departmental information is offered in combination. Here the user can adjust his own homepage, similar to iGoogle, to a certain extent. In one of the headings the information is returned which can now be found in the personnel magazines.

There will also be a personal page, in which social networks such as Twitter can be integrated. One of the keynote speakers at the conference, Toby Ward, Canadian e-business and intranet specialist, talked about the use of social media and web 2.0 tools within the intranet to ensure cost savings.