Technology stewardship

A post from 2006 in Learning Alliances defines the concept of “technology stewardship”

“Technology stewards are people with enough experience of the workings of a community to understand its technology needs, and enough experience with technology to take leadership in addressing those needs. Stewardship typically includes selecting and configuring technology, as well as supporting its use in the practice of the community.”

I guess that’s certainly what I am – a technology steward – but if the phraseology hasn’t caught on in the time since Dec 2006, then it obviously doesn’t mean as much to the IT and community-using population in general. Neither has “e-moderator” caught on outside the UK, although it’s a very similar role – while the e-moderator doesn’t necessarily select and configure the technology, many do have this function and expertise, and I suspect they are of more use to a community if they do.