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  Tuesday, August 20, 2002


  Taxonomies to digest knowledge in klogs

Via Seb's Open Research: discussion about Klogging roles turns into discussion about The natural progression for knowledge: from K-logs to well structured forms.

Blogs is definetely worse than simple disscussion board to give proper credits to all who participated. I would just cite some ideas:

Roland Tanglao: K-Log => (FAQ or other knowlegebase article) => directory.

a klog apart: Self-review is a powerful tool for learning. Going over my own posts for the past week, month, and quarter has shown patterns I missed, ideas I was skirting but never wrote outright. It reinforced brief social connections, blogs to which I linked to and people with whom I briefly corresponded. It takes concentrated time and effort. It helps me to print out all the pages on my blog for that period; something about shuffling through paper.

Seb's Open Research: Phil has a point here. But I'm afraid that even expert authors are seldom able to fight entropy in the manner described, unless they have plenty of time and motivation to do synthetic work. In the academic world the ratio of resesarch paper authors to survey/textbook authors is perhaps 50:1. But in time, as the overall quantity of knowledge grows and grows, ultimately almost everyone will feel lost and the usefulness of "mappers" ought to be better recognized.

I treat blog as my external brain more than a publishing tool (at least so far). Could you imagine someone trying to digest knowledge stored in several brains to get something meaningful out of it? Could be funny :)))

From another side, there is at least one editor who might want to digest posts in blog - it's me. At first, blog helps me to capture ideas by articulating them, but then I want to look for patterns and connections that emerge. This would be something to do for the smart tools.

Date, time and categories are definitely not enough for me. I want something like this:

However, it is possible, once a K-Logging culture is in place to utilize taxonomy tools (tools like Wikis and Traction Software) to organize K-Log generated information into a larger whole.  The key to success is to first lay the groundwork with a K-Log network and then leverage it after it begins to produce results. K-Logging puts the knowledge into a format that makes it easier to manipulate by a taxonomy tool.  Longer term, I think most organizations will use combinations of the two types of tools to turn the Intranet into a rich, vibrant, and growing knowledge repository. (John Robb on K-Logs and Taxonomies in Yahoo! Groups: klogs)

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