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KMSS03: Knowledge networks and communities

You can find overview of this theme on-line, so here I’d like to write about a couple of things that caught my attention.

In his speech Bruce Cronin did an introduction of theories, practices and tools “around” social networks. As I’m reading other weblogs (also papers) on the topic, that wasn’t much new. What I really liked is an opportunity to get a bit of conversation with not-blogging expert on social networks (he was aware of weblogs anyway 🙂

Next to other things I was wondering if being well connected (or being a broker) in a network is a function of personality type or job responsibilities/position in a company. Bruce couldn’t generalize from his experiences and suggested that both play an important role. Or it also could be that people with “networking” personalities much easier reach positions in a company that require being well connected.

Christian Van’T Hof shared his experiences on creating Good and Best practice database with KM cases (presentation should be on-line; paper is here). He talked about a trend of moving from IT based KM to a community-based KM with using nice metaphor of Borgs (from Startrek) and guilds. What I found interesting is not the trend itself (not new for me), but Christian’s suggestion that it will go back in search of the balance [later: see Sam Marshall about the same trend].

Tobias Mueller- Prothmann talked about usability evaluation for on-line knowledge communities (paper + presentation). He and his colleagues are working on usability evaluation questionnaires, which I hope to be able to use one day. It was very nice of Tobias not only to read How to get the most out of conferences by Scott Berkun that I linked to from participants page, but also use some ideas to make his presentation more fun.

Archived version of this entry is available at http://blog.mathemagenic.com/2003/09/11.html#a739; comments are here.

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