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On data, information, knowledge and wisdom

Posted to Gurteen Knowledge-Log by David Gurteen on 11 February 2010



On data, information, knowledge and wisdom
WeblogGurteen Knowledge Log
Knowledge LetterAppears in the Gurteen Knowledge Letter issue: 116
Posted DateThursday 11 February 2010 08:07 GMT
Posted ByDavid Gurteen
Linkshttp://www.greenchameleon.com/gc/blog_detail/from_data_with_ ... 
http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2010/02/data_is_to_info_as_info_is_n ... 
http://nsharma.people.si.umich.edu//dikw_origin.htm ... 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DIKW ... 
CategoriesKnowledge Management
PeopleDave Snowden, David Weinberger, Patrick Lambe , Nikhil Sharma 

There has been much discussion on the web recently about the Data-Information-Knowledge-Wisdom or DIKW hierarchy and it is described by Patrick Lambe as "that most hallowed of mental models and glib explanations".

Here is a little bit of reading for you. I have started with Patrick as I think he provides a very balanced view of the concept. Like most diagrams of this kind so much depends on how you interpret its meaning.

Personally, I have never thought of it as a model and have never tried to use it to describe any form of process of moving from one to the other. I have simply seen it as a pretty diagram and have used it when explaining the differences between, data, information and knowledge and in recent years dropped it from my slide-set.

If you are interested in Knowledge Management, the Knowledge Café or the role of conversation in organizational life then you my be interested in this online book I am writing on Conversational Leadership
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