John Chisholm started working with Coolheads because of our experience with electronic information representation and interchange standards. He sees such standards as critical to the long-term usefulness of information belonging to organizations and individuals, and was interested in participating in a project to explore the needs of individuals and families or households with regard to their information assets.
John believes that individuals and families are forced to decide how to manage their records. The extent to which they digitize them is a choice, although as time progresses it is likely that, even without a conscious decision to do so, the proportion of their records that are electronic will increase and probably surge. There is an opportunity to develop guidance, possibly an architecture, to support the evolving information structures that interact with household record management decisions. The architecture should accommodate the short-term requirement that the family be able to continue to conduct its affairs, given a rapidly changing environment (hardware, operating systems and software), while conserving the information for future use. Some families might view the development of their consciously articulated information systems architecture as preparation for mature family archives that endure and inform successors/heirs.
John has been working with Coolheads on the development of a web service and consultancy project addressing requirements for data archiving services for households. He has contributed to both the technical and business aspects of the project, including studies of competitors, project marketing, specification of web service functionality and articulation of best practices.
John's participation in this project with Coolheads reflects his growing interest in ways of organizing and improving the accessibility of individual and family information assets, in terms of potential social and personal value, and as a source of business opportunity. This trend in his career represents a departure from his background in the association sector, but makes use of many aspects of his former work.