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  Monday, September 06, 2004

  Our BlogTalk paper: Shared conceptualisations in weblogs

Here it comes: paper on our work presented at BlogTalk.

Anjo AnjewierdenRogier Brussee and Lilia Efimova (2004). Shared conceptualisations in weblogs (.pdf). Presented at BlogTalk 2.0, 5-6 July 2004, Vienna, Austria.

Abstract. In this paper we investigate how conceptualisations can be identified in weblogs using language technology (automated text analysis). We focus on getting a handle on both the concepts bloggers use and the way they think these concepts are related. The analysis of these conceptualisations can then be applied to a single weblog, resulting in a visualisation of potential conceptualisations the blogger wants to share with the outside world. Another type of analysis is to determine the overlap, or sharedness, of conceptualisations between bloggers. We have implemented both analysis approaches in an interactive tool.

The tool we presented, Sigmund will be made public, but Anjo is still working on it.

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  Defining personal KM

Jeremy Aarons:

I haven't posted anything really provocative for a while (if at all), so here goes:

My suspicion is that there is something seriously wrong with the recent fad of interest in Personal Knowledge Management (PKM). At the least it is of minimal importance to KM as I understand it, because it is of little use for supporting the majority of knowledge workers.

Specific arguments:

  • "discussions of PKM emphasise the importance of technologies such as email, weblogs and wikis" and "these technologies are really just a form of information managament, not knowledge management"
  • "claiming that PKM is the best way to improve knowledge worker productivity [...] is quite wrong"
  • "it seems these technologies would be of little use to the majority of knowledge workers"

Provocative enough to get me writing :)

For me PKM is not about technologies, but about awareness and practices (same as KM :). With all my interest in weblogs I don't consider them as THE solution for improving knowledge worker productivity. In my PhD research I study weblogs because they provide a context where personal knowledge management practices become more visible and easier to study.

To make life a bit easier I posted my personal KM Q&A (originally written as a contribution to PKM article in KM Magazine). It's still work in progress, but it says something about my ideas...

One of the things there is my definition of PKM:

For me PKM is a mix of activities contributing to personal effectiveness in a knowledge-intensive environment. It's not only about creating, sharing, acquiring and applying knowledge, but about supportive activities as well. Effective knowledge development is enabled by trust and shared understanding between people involved. For an individual this means a need to establish and maintain personal network, to keep track of contacts and conversations, and to make choices which communities to join. However, developing knowledge also requires filtering vast amounts of information, making sense of it, connecting different bits and pieces to come up with new ideas. In this process physical and digital artefacts play an important role, so knowledge workers are faced with a need for personal information management to organise their paper and digital archives, e-mails or bookmark collections.

I'll try to return to it and reformulate things properly, but so far I'd like to ask Jeremy what are the alternatives for improving knowledge worker productivity if PKM is not the best way to do it :)

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