Managing Complex Distributed Processes Using Electronic Handbooks

Volume 16, Number 2, June 2000


By Barry Jacobs


For several years this author has been a civil servant within the National Space Science Data Center largely for historic reasons. This author's development of Electronic Handbooks (EHBs) has extended beyond the NSSDC to envelop the entire federal government.

EHBs are Internet-based tools that support the documentation and management of complex distributed processes. In particular, EHBs provide user handbooks that have forms and instructions for particular roles of a process. There are two key contributions of EHBs. First, they provide paperless capabilities for documentation and management of complex distributed processes. Secondly, they facilitate system development, namely, requirements capture system design, system implementation, software distribution, end-user learning, system maintenance, and adaptability to similar programs. (See http://ehbs.org for further details.)

EHBs have been and are at present being applied NASA-wide in the following contexts: NASA's Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Programs, NASA Earth Sciences Technology Office Grant Programs, NASA-Wide Policies and Procedures, and NASA Education Division Computer Aided Tracking System (EDCATS).

EHBs have been and are presently being applied throughout the federal government in the following contexts: Department of Justice's Bulletproof Vests Partnership (BVP) Program, Department of Justice's Local Law Enforcement Block Grants (LLEBG) Program, Department of Interior's Property Management Disposal Program, Department of Treasury's Community Development Financial Institutions Program, and Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families Programs. EHBs for data centers and e-science are at present under development.

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