Knowledge and Innovation Systems Management in the Public Sector: A Peer-To-Peer Discussion Workshop

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Registration: 8.30 am

Workshop time: 9.00 am – 12.00pm


  • Richard Vines, Knowledge Management Specialist, Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources
  • ​Gavin Stilgoe, Manager GeoScience Information, Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources
  • Priit Kaal, Knowledge Manager, Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources
  • Kieran Murphy, Service Innovation, Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources
  • Katherine Hollaway, Senior Project Officer, Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources
  • Michael Jones: , University of Melbourne
  • Chris Kirk, University of Melbourne
  • Chris Sounness, Managing Director, Birchip Cropping Group

About the Peer-to-Peer Discussion Workshop:

Taking from Day Ones guide discussion during the congress and drawing from Victoria’s agricultural and natural resource management industries, the workshop is for those working in knowledge intensive environments across a wide range of industries.

Discussions will be hands on and will draw upon lessons learned from and views associated with:

What does program management look like in the public sector?
Discussion of key differences in program management frameworks between the government, private and community sectors
Case studies of distributed learning communities in Australian agriculture, and the piloting of an audience centric collaboration platform spanning institutional and jurisdictional boundaries;
Design principles of collaboration initiatives to draw in the public, private and community sector resources: lessons learned
Innovation brokering across industries and new roles to nurture the emergence of change
Knowledge hubs and distributed learning services to support program-based objectives
Working with data and research collections
Program-based metadata management: an emergent area of innovation;
Turning KM on its head in the Australian Government?
Managing for emergence over long periods of time taking into account different types of knowledge including tacit, implicit and explicit knowledge
Implications for institutional and personal capability development and the long term preservation of public knowledge assets.

The workshop will include a detailed show case of DEDJTR’s Enhanced Metadata Management Application tool, and how it emerged from a range of long-term knowledge diffusion initiatives between the higher education sector and government.



Richard Vines Hon Fellow: eScholarship Research Centre, University of Melbourne, Richard has been involved in a start-up knowledge management initiative within the Farm Services Division of DEPI since December 2010. He previously worked as a Knowledge Broker, Quality Manager and consultant in the child and family welfare sector.



Priit Kaal Priit is the Knowledge Management Specialist for Dairy Services and Services Business Improvement, Priit leads a small team of muti-media/ user interface and knowledge brokering staff. The work of this team is focused on ensuring relevant information for the Australian dairy industry is sourced, synthesized, packaged and communicated in a format that is delivered to the appropriate place (area) or person (individual) at the right time to enable informed decision making


Katherine Holloway  Katherine started at the Victorian Department in 1993 in herbicide research. For the last 11 years she has worked as a communication specialist in a range of grains industry programs including drought and climate, and delivered the popular Sustainable Farm Families health program. Katherine is currently the Project Manager for the eXtensionAUS Field Crop Diseases learning network



Chris Sounness Chris is the CEO of the Birchip Cropping Group one of the most important grains grower groups in the State. He has worked in the Grains Industry in Victoria since 1992. One of his current interests as an industry thought leader has been to explore and develop systems that leverages the value of farm-based data management and the role this plays in decision making.




Kieran Murphy Kieran has worked within the Victorian Department for 8 years, most recently as Farm Services Knowledge Management Coordinator. He combines a background in Viticulture, Marketing, Education and ICT project management, to successfully implement digital / online initiatives across the Agriculture Group.



Chris Kirk  Chris is an experienced computer hardware and software engineer with several decades work experience in the commercial sector both in Australia and overseas, particularly in the United States. He has been an Honorary Research Fellow at the eScholarship Research Centre, University of Melbourne since 2009.




Michael Jones is both a PhD student and Senior Research Archivist at the University of Melbourne’s eScholarship Research Centre. Since starting at the Centre in 2008 he has worked on numerous paper-based and digital archival projects. He is an Advisory Group Member on the University’s Digital Research and Data Preservation Strategy and has worked on a number of consultancies with the Victorian Department of Primary Industries.




Gavin leads the Knowledge Management project team, associated with the Geological Survey of Victoria. He has worked on national and international collaboration projects to develop, testbed and implement the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) web services for geological data transfer. He is responsible for the design and implementation of supporting technologies for the Victorian deployment of the OGC services.


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