reflective intranet

A reflective intranet has active management using feedback and input from various sources in order to adapt the work or learning environment. It is more adapted than basic "reactive" intranets.

Openpolitics.ca itself is the reflective intranet of the open politics foundation.

It falls short of the reflexive intranet in which the management itself is held to the same standards as the processes that it controls, seeks to influence, or directly oversees. That is, in a reflective intranet, there is a conventional reporting and management hierarchy that simply need not follow the standards it espouses for others, to remain in charge of things.

Nayland College's Naynet(external link) is claimed to be reflective. To them this seems to imply that "resources are gathered and managed in a global manner" and "in light of past learning and the local learning environment."

The Green Party of Canada Living Platform is somewhat reflective. It has suffered in the GPC Council Crisis and become reactive very often - see GPC-LP pages to be deleted for some of the worst examples of this.

These plateaus and problems may be normal. According to Craig Hubley who defined five levels of intranet in 1996, the reflective phase arises when organizations get proactive and require that "intranets are normalized as part of operations in specific projects... ultimately in every aspect of the organization... fully implement privacy and access rules...safe for sensitive information" and "require every employee to be competent in intranet skills."

From this baseline it then becomes possible to adopt a more robust position protocol to make decisions, becoming reflexive in that command verbs are specified in the same way by the same command hierarchy as the positions taken by the users. Ubiquity, privacy, delegation and mobility are happy side effects - that can potentially be optimized. Hubley's later theory of the ultra-reflexive intranet exploited these effects.

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