Helen L. Mitchell

Hellen Mitchell currently serves as principal for Team Technology, Inc. leading an Enterprise Search Requirements project for the FDA as well as a search implementation for FDIC. She is also the principal of her own IT Consulting Firm, Enterprising Solutions. Helen is a thought leader & SME in Enterprise Search & related disciplines. She's a frequent speaker on search, gov 2.0, social media, and Web 2.0 technologies. Helen spent 32 years in DHHS, leading FDA's Agency-wide Enterprise Search Initiative, one of the largest civilian agency enterprise search implementations. She helps government agencies develop strategies and solutions to improve information discovery, content findability, and collaboration to support their mission and better serve the public - especially in this age of openness, transparency, and collaboration.


Articles by Helen L. Mitchell


In his Gettysburg Address, President Abraham Lincoln expressed the hope that he envisioned for our government: "that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom-and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth." As the citizenry grows accustomed to immediate access to global information via smartphones, social media apps, Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, blogs, videos, and streaming media, it has been difficult for bureaucrats to assimilate. At least one company has been keeping tabs on the situation, though.
News/News Feature - May 2011 Issue, Posted May 18, 2011
Can you easily find the government information you need? Do you feel empowered to share your ideas? Do you think your ideas are being heard and acted upon? Do you believe government is spending our money more wisely? If you can't answer yes to these questions, then we need to look at what's being done and what can be done to improve our government's credibility and ability to serve the American people.
Editorial/Feature - July/August 2010 Issue, Posted Jul 12, 2010
Thomas the Train had a vision ("I think I can, I think I can"), never let obstacles get in his way, stayed focused on his goal and eventually realized success! As I looked across the landscape of this year's Open Government and Innovations (OGI) Conference held this week in Washington, D.C. , it became apparent there were more Thomas-train types than the doubting Thomases I talked to last year. Like Penn Station at rush hour, the ballroom at the Grand Hyatt was jammed as people listened, tweeted and tapped their keyboards to spread the message of the keynote speaker, Cory Ondrejka, co-creator of Second Life, whose message was like a trumpet sounding the cry for government to become more open and agile. To those present, he seemed to say, "You can, You can, You can."
News/News Feature - Posted May 06, 2010
Government visionaries filled the The Walter E. Washington Convention Center for the first Open Government & Innovations (OGI) Conference, held July 21-22. Many came from agencies using social media tools and Web 2.0 technologies in new and exciting ways, but there were many more "enthusiasts" who weren't yet allowed to use those same technologies, hoping to hear change will come.
News/News Feature - Posted Aug 04, 2009