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Gurteen Knowledge-Letter: Issue 87 - September 2007

  



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Gurteen Knowledge-Letter: Issue 87 - September 2007

Contents

  1 Introduction
  2 Wikipedia Scanner - who can you trust?
  3 Knowledge Metaphors can mislead us
  4 Survey on How Much Organisations Invest in KM Competencies
  5 YouTube video of some amazing image resizing/editing technology
  6 Dave Snowden's Cognitive Edge website reworked
  7 Video of Hong Kong Knowledge Cafe
  8 Researching Virtual Action Learning - a request for help
  9 Google launches Presently as part of Google Docs
10 Stan Garfield's Weekly KM Blog
11 KM Event Highlights
12 Subscribing and Unsubscribing
13 The Gurteen Knowledge Letter


Introduction

I've been back from my travels to SE Asia and ECKM 2007 in Barcelona for a few weeks but have a little bit more travel lined up at the end of October.
  • actKM Conference, Canberra, 23 - 24 Oct.
  • Sydney, 25 - 26 Oct. (I am hoping to run a Knowledge Cafe with Helen Paige on the evening of the 25th.)
  • KM Asia, Singapore, 29 - 31 Oct.
  • KM Singapore, Singapore, 1 Nov.
  • KM World, San Jose, 5 - 8 Nov.
If you are attending any of these conferences or would like to meet up with me - please get in touch.

Wikipedia Scanner - who can you trust?

If you are a Wikipedia fanatic or critic then this article on the Wikipedia Scanner is a must read.

Wikipedia Scanner was created by Cal Tech graduate student Virgil Griffith. It allows you to discover the organizations that have apparently edited the seemingly anonymous Wikipedia entries by cross-referencing the edits with the internet IP addresses of the editors and the IP address owners.

The bottom line is that you can now get an idea how Wikipedia is being 'gamed' and this is forcing the Wikipedia Foundation to review how articles are edited as this New Scientist article explains.

Knowledge Metaphors can mislead us

At the 8th European Conference on Knowledge Management in Barcelona, Spain on 6-7 September 2007, Daan Andriessen gave a keynote talk entitled Knowledge As Love; How Metaphors Direct Our Efforts to Manage Knowledge in organizations.

In this talk, he made the point that we use metaphors to make sense of the world and the terms "knowledge management" and "intellectual capital" were such metaphors. When we speak of "knowledge management" we use a "resource" metaphor to help describe knowledge and when we use the term "intellectual "capital" we use a "capital" metaphor.

Daan explained that metaphors are indispensable for conceptualization and understanding. However, we need to be aware that metaphors highlight certain things and conceal others. For example, the "knowledge as a resource" metaphor ignores the fact that knowledge is subjective and difficult to elicit.

I found this concept fascinating and decided to conduct a few of my video mini-interviews with some of the conference participants including Daan and asked them "What is your favorite knowledge metaphor". I also ran a Knowledge Cafe on the theme. I think you might will the material including photos and videos that you will find on my website.

Survey on How Much Organisations Invest in KM Competencies

The Information and Knowledge Management Society of Singapore is conducting some research on how much organisations invest in KM competencies and professional development across different countries.

They'd like to find out a little about how different organisations "invest" in the competencies of their KM staff, so Patrick Lambe has drawn up a short survey. It should take less than 10 minutes to answer.

It is open until October 7th and I will make the results available to the Gurteen Knowledge Community after 1st November

Please do take a moment to respond and pass on to anyone you think might be interested. The survey is at http://tinyurl.com/ytl44j

YouTube video of some amazing image resizing/editing technology

Wow! This you have got to see. I look forward to the day when this sort of technology is built into Flickr

The demonstration is of a image resizing/carving method described in the paper by Dr. Ariel Shamir and Dr. Shai Avidan, which resizes images by cutting out or inserting horiztonal or vertical seams.

Dave Snowden's Cognitive Edge website reworked

Cognitive Edge has reworked their website - it looks better and is much easier to navigate. Key features include:
  1. The SenseMaker website has been split out from the main Cognitive Edge one and been given a different style.
  2. Dave Snowden's blog is joined by a second from their CEO Steve Bealing, and a guest blog. They have a mixture of practitioners, academics and others lined up for the best part of six months for a week or two weeks at a time. And some great entries have been posted already.
  3. The open source methods are now in a Wiki (access and editing rights to accredited practitioners), and also have a published form.
Check it out!

Video of Hong Kong Knowledge Cafe

If you attended my Knowledge Cafe at KMAP 2006 in Hong Kong last year that I ran with Raksha Sukhia then you can see an excellent video of the event here.

A big thank you to Professor Eric Tsui of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University Knowledge Management Research Centre for making the video available.

Researching Virtual Action Learning - a request for help

A request for help from Mollie Dickenson:
I'm researching virtual action learning - action learning in virtual environments whether by email, audio, video or on-line - and would like to hear from anyone who has experience of this - i.e running action learning sets as a learning process, virtually rather than face to face.

This research is part of an MPhil supervised by Mike Pedler and John Burgoyne, both experts in the field of action learning.

We would be delighted to hear from anyone who has tried out action learning virtually, whether as a programme developer or a participant. We shall be happy to share our findings in due course.

Many thanks

Mollie Dickenson

Research Project Manager
School of Management Knowledge and Learning
Henley Management College

email:  mollie.dickenson@henleymc.ac.uk


Google launches Presently as part of Google Docs

Google has launched Presently, a presentation product that competes with Microsoft PowerPoint. It looks pretty good but what I would really like is the means to embed a presentation in a webpage similar to SlideShare which does not seem to be there yet.

You will find it at Google Docs. Try it out - its easy and neat.

And while on the subject of presentations take a look at SlideShare's SlideCasts that allow you to add an audio stream to your slide presentation.

Stan Garfield's Weekly KM Blog

Check out Stan Garfield's Weekly Knowledge Management blog. Always great stuff!

KM Event Highlights

This section highlights some of the major KM events taking place around the world in the coming months and ones in which I am actively involved. You will find a full list on my website where you can also subscribe to both regional e-mail alerts and RSS feeds which will keep you informed of new and upcoming events.

CROinfo 2007
11 - 12 Oct 2007, Zagreb, Croatia
http://www.gurteen.com/gurteen/gurteen.nsf/id/S713546/

KM Brazil 2007
22 - 24 Oct 2007, Sao Paulo, Brasil
http://www.gurteen.com/gurteen/gurteen.nsf/id/km-brazil-2007

KM LatinAmerica 2007
22 - 26 Oct 2007, Buenos Aires, Argentina
http://www.gurteen.com/gurteen/gurteen.nsf/id/km-la-2007

actKM Conference 2007
22 - 23 Oct 2007, Canberra, Australia
http://www.gurteen.com/gurteen/gurteen.nsf/id/actkm-2007
I will be giving a keynote and running a Knowledge Cafe at this conference.

AKEA Conference
27 - 28 Oct 2007, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
http://www.gurteen.com/gurteen/gurteen.nsf/id/akea-07
I wish I was attending this but will be in Singapore. Leif Edvinnson will be there.

KM Asia 2007 29 - 31 Oct 2007, Singapore City, Singapore
http://www.gurteen.com/gurteen/gurteen.nsf/id/km-asia-2007
I will be running a Knowldege Cafe and a workshop at KM Asia this year.

KMWorld & Intranets 2007
06 - 08 Nov 2007, San Jose, United States
http://www.gurteen.com/gurteen/gurteen.nsf/id/kmworld-200
I wil be running a Knowledge Cafe, a workshop and giving a talk. This will be my first time at KM World!

KnowTech 2007
28 - 29 Nov 2007, Frankfurt, Germany
http://www.gurteen.com/gurteen/gurteen.nsf/id/knowtech-2007

9th Asia Pacific Knowledge Management Conference
28 - 29 Nov 2007, Hong Kong, China
http://www.gurteen.com/gurteen/gurteen.nsf/id/S714335/

Online Information 2007
04 - 06 Dec 2007, London, United Kingdom
http://www.gurteen.com/gurteen/gurteen.nsf/id/online-information-2007
I will be giving a talk and running a Knowledge Cafe at this event.

McMaster World Congress
16 Jan 2008 - 18 Jan 2007, Hamilton, Canada
http://www.gurteen.com/gurteen/gurteen.nsf/id/mwc-2007

Special Libraries Association Annual Conference
15 - 18 Jun 2008, Seattle, United States
http://www.sla.org/content/Events/conference/ac2008/index.cfm I am hoping to get to this event.

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