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IDQ Webinars: The British Isles Community of Practice: The Story so Far
Recorded 2010-04-14


The British Isles Community of Practice: The Story so Far


Keith will use the example of his experience forming the British Isles Community of Practice (BICoP) and his first few years of managing it; he will discuss his successes, his challenges, and his recommendations for future Communities of Practice.

  • The challenges of a community of practice that works in a virtual environment.
  • The technological advances that minimize these difficulties.
  • The future plans for the BICoP.



About the Author

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Keith Underdown is one of the UK's most experienced Information Architects.

In a 40 year career in IT his experience ranges from programming real time psychology experiments, VME operating system design at ICL, leading the operational design of a major new banking suite and developing corporate, group-wide information architectures. He has worked in Europe, United States, Middle East and South Korea.

He has worked on several customer data cleansing projects, which has given him a good insight into the vagaries of naming conventions and the structure of postal addresses, perhaps more complex in the UK than anywhere else. He has spoken at or chaired many events and seminars: most recently the IAIDQ Seminar in Cardiff, his home city. Keith is presently the Convenor of the IAIDQ’s British Isles Community of Practice (CoP).

Keith has now retired from regular practice but remains a keen supporter of the IAIDQ and intends to contribute many more newsletter articles, and perhaps even a book.

Contact Keith via email at keith [dot] underdown [AT] iaidq [dot] org


About the Author

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Dr Tony O'Brien, is a Senior Lecturer at Sheffield Business School as Sheffield Hallam University focussing upon Finance, Accounting and Business Systems. He previously worked for over forty years as an accountant engaged in business finance, general management, IT and the management and implementation of Information Systems. He has worked for a number of large organisations including Shell, British Gypsum, British Oxygen, Great Universal Stores and Remploy. He is an associate member of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA) and holds a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) from Nottingham Business School and an MBA from Leeds Business School.

From 2008 to 2011 Tony was the Moderator of the IAIDQ IQ International Webinars

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