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Information Matters: Government's Strategy to Build Capability in Managing Its Knowledge and Information Assets

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  11 March 2010


This article by Katie Woolf, formerly of the Government Knowledge and Information Network, looks at the new UK Government strategy for knowledge and information (KIM). Led by the Knowledge Council, the strategy sets out the principles and actions government must take to develop the capability it needs to manage corporate knowledge and information as the key business assets they are. It discusses how the strategy will be achieved through a departmental delivery model, the relationship of the strategy with the Information Assurance agenda post data loss scandals, and the need for senior leader engagement to be the driving force to building a culture that values KIM.

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1 The Information Opportunity Report: Harnessing information to enhance business performance, Cap Gemini, 2008.

2 Information Matters: building government's capability in managing knowledge and information, November 2008,

3 The Knowledge Council consists of senior leaders in knowledge and information management from across government. It acts as the professional lead for knowledge and information management on behalf of the civil service.

4 Data Handling Procedures in Government: Final report, June 2008,

5 Data Sharing Review, Richard Thomas and Mark Walport, July 2008,

6 Report in the loss of MOD Personal Data, Sir Edmund Burton, April 2008,

7 Review of Information Security at HM Revenue and Customs, Kieran Poynter, June 2008,

8 Data Handling Procedures in Government: Final report, June 2008,

10 Information Matters, 2008, p.18.

11 The use of school performance data and in-car satellite navigation using government spatial data are good examples of a consumer products utilising government data.

12 Government Knowledge and Information Management Professional Skills Framework, May 2009,