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Knowledge Management - Category Archive

Can paragogy help technology production?

How can the emergent theory and practice of paragogy help the product development process?

The Architecture of Personal Knowledge Management – 1

Back in July Harold Jarche posted a useful deconstruction of the processes involved in web-based personal knowledge management (PKM). Building on this, and in order to make a lot of implicit stuff in my head explicit, I've started developing the model into a full mapping of processes to tools.

The boundaries of GTD

Ton Zijlstra has some provoking thoughts about the limitations of GTD-like systems :Ton’s Interdependent Thoughts: Thoughts on GTD System Weaknesses In short, Ton highlights the increasing need to apply qualitative (and often social- and/or network-based) approaches to filter the info-glut before you can start putting actions into a GTD-like process. I think he’s spot on, [...]

Testing plugin for WordPress

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More about conversations and processes

I’ve a hunch that the conceptual models discussed in  Jeremy Aarons’ new paper, (as I summarised here) could be a useful lever for unpicking the dilemma I found when I wrote that I prefer conversation, but you need process. In that post I was drawing on conversations with (amongst others) Earl, Taka, Jon  and Ton about the apparent [...]

Integrating thinking and doing

This post summarises Supporting organisational knowledge work: Integrating thinking and doing in task-based support by Jeremy Aarons, Henry Linger & Frada Burstein.

I prefer conversation, but you need process

A conversation about Information as Scaffolding makes me realise some of the contradictions in my approach to things, and leads to speculation about how to make out-sourced services work in a wierarchical way...

A new tool: Awasu

Via Earl Mardle I’ve found a new tool to add to my personal knowledge management toolkit: Awasu Although the core of the product is an aggregator, it’s a lot more than that as it offers a number of ways of inter-acting with the flow of information through the tool, both manually and in various automated [...]

A synchronicity of KM?

Dave Pollard has written about the psychology of information, or why we don’t share stuff, the organisational and human factors that impede knowledge-sharing: Bad news rarely travels upwards in organizations People share information generously peer-to-peer, but begrudgingly upwards, and sparingly downwards in organizational hierarchies. People find it easier and more satisfying to reinvent the wheel. [...]

Whose folksonomy is it?

In how to build on bubble-up folksonomies Tom Coates says: [...] The concept is really simple – there are concepts in the world that can be loosely described as being made up of aggregations of other smaller component concepts. In such systems, if you encourage the tagging of the smallest component parts, then you can [...]

Credit Where It’s Due

Inside Knowledge has a great article on the work my friend and colleague Euan Semple has been getting up to. He introduced me to blogging, so I’m really pleased to see him getting the sort of profile he deserves.

Blogroll Additions – KM blogs

Jack Vinson has helpfully listed over 20 Knowledge Management blogs that he reads regularly. I already had about half of them on my sources list, I’ve now added Conniecto, How do you know that?, The Pragmatics of KM Equals Success, Knowledgeline, Mopsos, Myndsi, Networks, Complexity and Relatedness, …no straight lines…,; Reflexions, Scrapbook of My Life, [...]

Connecting People With Content

Shawn Callahan points to his own white paper Using Content To Create Connections Among People [PDF] that advocates (in a style accessible to the non-techie) the use of blogs, feeds and aggregators as a more flexible solution (compared with a grand “knowledge repository”) to sharing knowledge within a company and between a company and its [...]

The freedom to think

On the value of blogging new-to-me ideas even if others have had them before

Testing Compendium and the Illusion of Explanatory Depth

Trying out the Compendium software leads to a speculation about how little most of us normally dig into a given area of knowledge...

Social categorisation – whose perspective?

Denham Grey writes about the use of concept extraction to categorise text - I add the nuance of applying this in the reader's context rather than the writer's.

Semantic aggregation and filtering

Building on some ideas from Dale Pike about the usefulness of semantic focus when looking at both technology and micro-content I propose some specific additions to our knowledge-management tools.

Why wiki doesn’t work – one person’s experience

A conversation with a colleague who doesn't "get on" with wiki leads to an exploration of different mental models for structuring knowledge.

Projections of knowledge

One model of knowledge is a web of links between items of information. In presenting that web we often choose selectively which relationships to display, in forms such as mindmaps or outlines. Is this form of distortion similar to that introduced by using 2D projections for mapping a 3D world?

How blog and wiki fit together (for me)

The roles of a personal wiki and a blog in combination

Mental models and the ladder of inference

The Ladder of Influence - exploring mental models in a group

The Power of Context

Amy Gahran writes about the power of context to stimulate new idea creation and develops a few ideas for creativity enhancements to KM tools. I share a few of my own associations (including Tony Goodson's writing on bricolage) and push the tools ideas a little further.

Collaborative Note-taking

Steph Booth gives a really clear explanation of Taking Collaborative Notes at BlogTalk [via Chocolate and Vodka]

Unpredictable Emergence of Learning

An interesting synchronicity of posts that relate to the learning that happens between areas of expertise.


Suw Charman writes a long article on the benefits (and also the drawbacks) of being a generalist. I can empathise with this and wonder how we could better measure and recognise the contributions of generalists...

Weblog Scenarios

Dale Pike identifies seven useful scenarios for weblogs in a professional knowledge context

Cyclical knowledge development

Ian Glendenning (Psybertron Knowledge Modelling WebLog) points to some articles from disparate domains on cyclical approaches to building knowledge: Knowledge Engineering in a Real World Case-based Reasoning Application Acquiring Personal Knowledge for Theory and Therapy Knowledge Management – Aspects of Knowledge I’ve cross-filed these in the Action Research category because I think they may have [...]

Wiki Lessons Learned

Summarising Sam Ruby's slides about the !Echo wiki experience from ETCon. I think he may have spotted some candidate collaboration patterns...

Coaching As Knowledge Creation

I was talking about the coaching process with my Coaching Supervisor. we were discussing the implicit power-relationship in coaching (Expert - Novice) and how we could work with any positive aspects of that and reduce any negative aspects. I wondered if it was useful to think of the coaching process as a form of mutual learning - or indeed as a form of mutual knowledge creation... continued on the wiki

Making meaning

Denham Grey explains how we come to share meaning and the relation between meaning, understanding, ontology and knowledge.

Actionable Knowledge

Several people have blogged about the frustration of not moving blog-ideas to 'actionable knowledge'. I suggest that one cause of this block may be the filters we all apply to how much we share on an open channel about what happens in our lives.

Mapping the process of Knowledge Making

Developing Spike Hall's model of an online tool for collaborative production of knowledge.

Seven Survival Tips for Knowledge Managers

Dave Pollard offers Seven Survival Tips for Knowledge Managers

Gurteen Knowledge Conference and XKM

Pointers to Matt Mowers summaries of the Gurteen Knowledge conference and his eXtreme Knowledge Management wiki.

Towards Structured Blogging

Sébastien Paquet: Towards Structured Blogging. And of course this post is an example of that which he describes – pinging as it does both KMPings and the Blog-Network Metablog

Blogs as stories

In Blogs and Knowledge Sharing, Ton picks up the story of why we do this by considering blogs as story-telling – more specifically a way of telling the story of how the writer has discovered some knowledge complete with all the false leads and wrong turns.

Searching the blogsphere

Micha Alpern says bq. Some times I want to know what the world thinks (google) Some times I want to know what I think (my weblog) Some times I want to know what those I respect think (blogs I read)…. … and backs it up with code… [ via "The Shifted Librarian":]

More on Creative Commons, economics of IP etc

Links to two threads - one about Creative Commons, the other about the effect of intellectual property on innovation

Personal Knowledge, Universal Knowledge

Speculation on Spike Hall's use of weblogs for discovering "universal knowledge"

Is knowledge work improvable?

Melding process and organic approaches to the improvement of knowledge-creating processes

Open Content and Just-in-Time Books

Gary Lawrence Murphy is writing about Open Content on Prentice Hall – the series that Prentice Hall are bringing out under the Open Publication License. Gary refers to his earlier experiences trying (unsuccessfully) to persuade Macmillan to adopt an Open Content approach to a project he was driving. The issues weren’t just with the publishers [...]

Knowledge Sharing Environments

Lilia at Mathemagenic quotes George Siemens on the components needed for a Knowledge Sharing Environment and links to Denham Grey‘s wiki about knowledge sharing

Conflicts of interest between publishers and information creators

Link to (and commentary on) "Copyright Contradictions in Scholarly Publishing" by John Willinsky.

Peer Production, the Creative Commons and NLP / NS

Opinion piece advocating the application of ideas from peer-production efforts (e.g. Open Source) to the development of knowledge in the NLP and Neuro-Semantics fields

Buckminster Fuller article

Refers to Internet Time article on Buckminster Fuller

Blogging network and the neuro-semantics of trust

Gary Lawrence Murphy picks up the thread about Bridges and Bubbles and asks some fundamental questions about how we should evaluate the value of each link on the graph: The bridge itself may be an accident of happenstance and bandwidth, but to grow ourselves, we’re enticed (or compelled) to test each path for inter-networked recommender [...]

More on the evolving network between blogs

More on the evolving debate about inter-blog links as a social network and a lazyweb request for a web-based tool to present a grpahical analysis of the incoming and outgoing links networks from a page...

Personal Knowledge Publishing

Article on how professional researchers can use blogs to advantage

Update on linking blogs by category

Prompted by Ben Hammersley’s idea, Ben Trott has written the More Like This From Others script and Ben has implemented it… definitely something I shall look at for here, but after some other “behind-the-scenes” stuff I’m into at present… (major site redesign and technology change)

Categorising Blogs

Hammersley, Azhar and others grapple with linking blogs by category


I’ve added an XFML feed to the syndication outputs of the site. You can see a FacetMap view of this site here MT template from Ease Original pointer to XFML from Ben Hammersley

Links on FOAF and RDF

Links about FOAF and RDF

Weblog metadata

Link to initiative to provide a metadata standard for knowledge-logging

K-Logging Pilot

Experiences introducing K-logging into a company

KM and learning

Mathemagenic, a blog about Knowledge Management and Learning

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