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Open Data Institute | ODI nodes News

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In the 2 weeks leading up to the first ODI Summit, 13 organisations from around the world, signed a contract to become an ODI Node. Their commitment: time, energy, and money. Our commitment: time, energy, and money. More on the money later…

 

The ODI provides training, research and development, and incubates startups. It bridges between commercial, public sector, research and third sector communities.

 

Nodes are attached to existing organisations (for-profit, non-profit, or academic), and not to individuals, in-part to reflect the ODI’s commercial focus.


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Why is managing the change process in KM so hard?

Why is managing the change process in KM so hard? | Knowledge Nuggets | Scoop.it
Cindy Hubert, executive director of Advisory Services at APQC, discusses the relationship between change management and knowledge management (KM).
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Ms. Hubert says it well when she states, "When will we finally accept that fact that we are asking people to CHANGE the way they work? Have we really thought about what change means to our organizations? ..."


Most KM practitioners know that the KM discipline, at it's heart, is all about the people in an organization. But how do you know if the people within your organization are ready to adopt a KM implementation (and are ready for Change)?

 

This seems like a great topic for a 1-hour KM cafe at your local KM interest group gathering!

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The overwhelmed employee: Simplify the work environment

The overwhelmed employee: Simplify the work environment | Knowledge Nuggets | Scoop.it
Too much access to information has turned us into “overwhelmed” employees. Nearly every company sees this phenomenon as a challenge to productivity…
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Knowledge Managers will appreciate and benefit from this read.

As we all know, embracing KM can increase productivity and should be approached from a system-wide view as a strategy for the entire organization. The author touches on a number of topics which influence KM but are not always labeled as such. Good coverage of a complex topic.

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Why does Knowledge Management exist?

Why does Knowledge Management exist? | Knowledge Nuggets | Scoop.it
Why does Knowledge Management exist in the first place?
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What is your answer? Why does KM exist?

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The 30 second habit with a lifelong impact

The 30 second habit with a lifelong impact | Knowledge Nuggets | Scoop.it
There are no quick fixes. I know this as a social science junkie, who’s read endless books and blogs on the subject, and…
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It seems so simple to do, but it becomes something much bigger and more important. Try out this basic practice if you are looking to improve your listening and summation abilities.

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Free access to Knowledge Management Research & Practice during March 2014

Free access to Knowledge Management Research & Practice during March 2014 | Knowledge Nuggets | Scoop.it

From March 1 - 31, 2014 Palgrave Macmillan is offering free online access to all its journals, including Knowledge Management Research & Practice (KMRP). 

This is a great opportunity to explore the journal, which includes articles on all aspects of managing knowledge, organisational learning, intellectual capital and knowledge economics. 

Don't know where to start? Try 10 articles from 10 years: celebrating KMRP's first decade of publication: 
http://www.palgrave-journals.com/kmrp/kmrp_collections_10from10.html ;

Or, you can browse within the journal's 12-year archive: 
http://www.palgrave-journals.com/kmrp/archive/index.html ;

For more information about the promotion, visit: http://bit.ly/PMJAAA-Read ;


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Free KMRP during March 2014!

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Should schools teach computer code as a foreign language?

Should schools teach computer code as a foreign language? | Knowledge Nuggets | Scoop.it
A new bill passed by the Kentucky Senate counts computer programming classes toward fulfilling foreign-language requirements in public schools. Parents debate whether coding should be a supplement to, or a replacement for, foreign language classes.
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Should schools teach coding? YES!

Should schools teach coding as a foreign language? Why not?

 

There are many benefits from learning to code. You learn logic and this skill can be applied to everything else in your world. I agree, let children who want to make a go of it do so. Two years of another language will stick with you forever. If that language alters the way you look at new problems and enhances your ability to see structure and make sense of complex systems, then that is just icing on the cake! 

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Collective Intelligence ~ Future of CIO

Collective Intelligence ~ Future of CIO | Knowledge Nuggets | Scoop.it
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Tap the power of your network, personal of business. If you actively engage yourself with intelligent and creative minds through shared interests, then your sources of innovation are primed for collaboration. Next step, bridge the gap to convert shared interests into shared goals. Drive to action!

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Emergent reason

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Ever so often i become aware that i write too much about serious things. It's raining hard today, with the odd moment when the sun breaks through. It was during one of those moments that i was to b...
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Great thoughts to stimulate more comments. Another insightful musing from the blog of Julian Stodd.

 

From the article....

"The gateways of reason are moving..."

"It’s sometimes hard to know if you’re chasing genius or running down a dead end. Which is where the community comes in."

"The Social Age of learning is about finding meaning, about doing this within our communities..."


Emergent, (maybe even) Recombinant, Community, Social Learning....


Mr. Stodd's thoughts here make me think back to the KnowledgeWorks Forecast 3.0 article on Recombinant Education: Regenerating the Learning Ecosystem, which I first found in November of last year. URL: http://knowledgeworks.org/sites/default/files/Forecast3_0_0.pdf


When does it make sense for the choice of the most effective model of learning to change from Instructor-to-Student to peer-to-peer? (after primary school? after secondary? only once in a professional setting?)


More on Julian Stodd's musings can be found at: julianstodd.wordpress.com

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Why social businesses, leaders and learners need to understand amplification

Why social businesses, leaders and learners need to understand amplification | Knowledge Nuggets | Scoop.it
I was never much good at organised games at school. To be honest, i just wasn't very engaged. Whilst the other boys were charging around the rugby pitch in the rain, sliding through the mud and acq...
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Why curate? Why participate in social media? Why amplify? What is the difference between reposting something and actually adding value to the share? Are you a publisher only or are you an editor too?

 

These questions are answered in an insightful article written by Julian Stodd on the concept of amplification.

 

+1 to my network by following this amplifier on twitter @julianstodd

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How Innovative Companies Collaborate

How Innovative Companies Collaborate | Knowledge Nuggets | Scoop.it
For highly innovative group collaborations, do what the big tech firms do: Cycle through collaborations with different pairs and take the long view.

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From the author....

"...successful collaborations rotated control of the project back and forth between [two] partners. This rotating partnership worked better than domineering or consensus-based approaches where a single partner controlled all phases of the collaboration or the partners shared control of every phase"

 

Would this concept simply be able to be mixed in with Agile Development process and rotate leadership through phases of the development lifecycle? Has this been tried before?

 

I'd be interested in hearing stories from teams who have applied this rotating concept. Please feel free to comment here on your story(ies) of this collaboration method.

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Learning Without Technology

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As long as I have been involved with education there has been a discussion of whether or not technology is making a difference in learning, and whether or not we should use it in schools. This disc...
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Applying Complexity Thinking to Solving Global Problems

Don Tapscott's speech at the 5th Global Peter Drucker Forum 2013. In his talk on “Applying Complexity Thinking to Solving Global Problems.“ He raises the question: how do we solve the problems in the world? Complexity is at the heart of this.


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Inspirational insight into a grand vision of what we can collectively and individually do "if we will it."

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The future is not to be predicted but to be achieved through a new dynamic paradigm including self-organizing, emergent and sometimes resilient networks involving millions of stakeholders.


These networks embrace, active participation, uncertainty and constantly changing conditions, and they show great promise for solving global problems and governing an volatile and complex planet in the future.

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5 Smart Technology Trends That Will Transform Our Daily Lives

5 Smart Technology Trends That Will Transform Our Daily Lives | Knowledge Nuggets | Scoop.it
IBM's annual 5-in-5 predicts what smart technologies will change our lives in the next half decade.
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Most can agree that smarter is better when it comes to making technology more effective. But does "smarter" just mean using what we already know more effectively or does "smarter" have to do with implementing new discoveries and making big changes to how things are down altogether? Most of the time when I hear someone say "Smart Technology" they are referring to making existing tech multi-use or faster or both.

 

Of the five examples on this list, #1 Smarter Classrooms, really seems to be where technology is making it possible for big change in the way education is provided. The mentioned Khan Academy example has shown us this and is where we see the concept of the flipped classroom where students are in charge of their learning path rather than the educators. In this case, I'd say "smarter" means more than just better or faster, but means education revisited or education 2.0. Will big changes happen in the next 5 years? I think so, I think we are already seeing it.

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Failure in Social Leadership: a case study for Mozilla

Failure in Social Leadership: a case study for Mozilla | Knowledge Nuggets | Scoop.it
When Brendan Eich, newly installed boss at Mozilla resigned this week after only a month in role, it was largely because of a failure by that organisation to recognise the realities of the Social A...
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From the article...

 

"[I]n the Social Age, the gap between formal and social spaces is blurred, and highly transparent, so what we do in all contexts counts."


An excellently phrased quote from Mr. Julian Stodd on the reality of social leadership.


The blurred gap between formal and social spaces is a challenge that all leaders will have to monitor and manage.


What do your social spaces say about you? (hopefully what you want them to since you have been incrementally building them) What do your formal spaces say about you?

Now, if you consider that one affects the other, are you still on message?

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Gartner Says One Third of Fortune 100 Organizations Will Face an Information Crisis by 2017

Gartner Says One Third of Fortune 100 Organizations Will Face an Information Crisis by 2017 | Knowledge Nuggets | Scoop.it
The rise of big data, social networking and mobile interactions, coupled with an accelerating increase in the amount of structured and unstructured information enabled by cloud-based technologies, is forcing organizations to focus on the enterprise information that is most relevant, value-generating and risk-related. Gartner predicts that, by 2017, 33 percent of Fortune 100 organizations will experience an information crisis, due to their inability to effectively value, govern and trust their enterprise information.
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From the article...

 

"Business leaders need to manage information, rather than just maintain it. 


"The discipline of exploiting the various types of information created and managed inside and outside organizations is called enterprise information management (EIM). It enables people across an organization to share, manage and reuse information that was created in different applications and stored in different databases and repositories."


"IT leaders must design EIM initiatives so that sharing and reusing information creates business value, and the value created must contribute to enterprise goals."


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Is your organization just doing enough to make sense of all the information they are collecting and obtain new insights into how to perform better? Or are all those potential lessons going into the mysterious big data treasure chest to be placed on a shelf to gather dust?

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Joseph E. Stiglitz argues that the impact of technological change on living standards has become increasingly unclear. - Project Syndicate

Joseph E. Stiglitz argues that the impact of technological change on living standards has become increasingly unclear. - Project Syndicate | Knowledge Nuggets | Scoop.it
Around the world, there is enormous enthusiasm for the type of technological innovation symbolized by Silicon Valley, with many attempting to replicate the ingenuity that they regard as America’s true comparative advantage. But there is a puzzle: it is difficult to detect the benefits of this innovation in GDP statistics.
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Managing knowledge is an act which demonstrates what it means to be innovative. Innovation is Knowledge Management.

 

Early adopters to the belief that we are moving into a Knowledge-Based Economy will have an advantage. Their challenge will always be to identify ROI for managing knowledge to those who doubt it's value. What evidence must be gathered? What must be measured? Are our current indicators appropriate for assessing the value of innovation (and Knowledge Management)? For a Knowledge Manager, these questions must be continually asked and revised as they apply to an organization.

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The Network Organization 

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Excerpt from Alma Dakaj's new book, The Company Body. 

 

Successful business organizations of the future will rely more and more on collaborative circles of functions based on skills, expertise and communication, not competitive hierarchies of the people forming the circles.



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How do organizations resemble the human body? Understand one by discussing how the other works?

 

I checked out the slideshares for The Company Body and became intrigued enough to buy the book. Now, time to get reading!

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Kenneth Mikkelsen's curator insight, February 23, 8:14 AM

I suggest that you also take a look at two of Alma's Slideshare Presentations here: 


  1. The Company Body Part I
  2. The Company Body - Part II


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DARPA Wants to Help You Search the Web Better

DARPA Wants to Help You Search the Web Better | Knowledge Nuggets | Scoop.it
DARPA has kicked off a project to fine tune web searches by topical domain rather than subject. By Bob Brewin
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Victor Jimenez's curator insight, February 11, 1:46 PM

Thanks to Bob Brewin for posting the original link on defenseone.com!

 

[FYI….pardon my citations in this post, I am trying to practice my APA citation-ing (sp?) for better writing]

 

DARPA’s recent Broad Agency Announcement on the intent of the Memex program, DARPA-BAA-14-21, calls for innovative assistance from industry to fill the gap in current search technology. The announcement is basically a Request For Proposals (RFP) which DARPA will evaluate industry interest and response on potential solutions. Some of the DARPA views on this gap left by current search technology, as specified in the announcement, is that the technology “is limited by a one-size-fits-all approach [which provides] a centralized search [with] limitations in the scope of what gets indexed and the richness of available details ... common practice misses information in the deep web and ignores shared content across pages.” (2014, p.4)

 

In their own words, the agency’s goals for new software seem to be focused at developing new ideas and practices for “domain-specific web content indexing and search, democratizing the creation of an index and inventing better methods for interacting with and sharing information.” (2014, p. 5)

 

The intent is to move past the manual method of searching for a match between exact key words located in a centralized index, and towards a future where a search can reach the large volume deep web content such as temporary or unconnected pages or content which has already been aggregated, normalized, or otherwise already impacted when used for analysis.

 

DARPA has expressed that their intent is not to develop a new and invasive technology for monitoring individual behavior of citizens. DARPA’s specific comment in the announcement is as follows, “The Memex program is specifically not interested in proposals for the following: attributing anonymous services, deanonymizing or attributing identity to servers or IP addresses, or gaining access to information which is not intended to be publicly available.” (2014, 5)

 

I think the intent is to find a better way of doing what we already do on the internet, which is accessing a vast amount of knowledge in a simple manner and with an expectation for finding a relevant result to our questions. I, for one, can believe their intent is genuine and the desire to find new ways of spying on citizens is not present here. After all, how else are we going to be able to have the AI-like interfaces (like JARVIS from Marvel’s series of Iron Man movies or the ship’s computer from the Star Trek the Next Generation television shows)? If we hope to verbally interface through unstructured or colloquial styles as we see in our favorite sci-fi shows, we need to give our tech some type of logic to get the answers we need.

 

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. (2014) Broad Agency Announcement: Memex (DARPA Funding Opportunity No. DARPA-BAA-14-21). Retrieved on February 11, 2014 from URL: http://go.usa.gov/BBc5

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'Digital tech to create a more collaborative world'

'Digital tech to create a more collaborative world' | Knowledge Nuggets | Scoop.it
MUMBAI: CII-Deloitte Innovation and Knowledge Management Survey released at CII Exclusive session on "Digital Transformation for your Enterprise" in Mumbai. The findings of the CII-Deloitte...
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"...KM and disruptive technologies should not be merely IT driven projects but a business and cross-functional team tied to organizational key performance indicators. The study found that techno-functional skills and talents required in driving business value, and ensuring alignments of specific technology projects with broader business goals was seen as major challenges..."


The most valued program analyst in today's companies is one who has a systems view of the business and an understanding of technology tools and projects enough to keep pace with changing information needs of customers and suppliers in the value-chain. As most can see and agree, these needs are constantly changing. For me, Knowledge Management is a process that continuously recognizes these changes and adapts practices to fit them. It is therefore a basic requirement of analyst jobs in most organizations.

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DC Area KM News/Events: Showcase Update, FOSE 2014

DC Area KM News/Events: Showcase Update, FOSE 2014 | Knowledge Nuggets | Scoop.it

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If you will in the area in March, this is a must see!

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In the Washington, DC area this Spring?  Join us for an upcoming event.

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Forget Fingerprints: EyeLock Myris Brings Eye Scanning to Devices

Forget Fingerprints: EyeLock Myris Brings Eye Scanning to Devices | Knowledge Nuggets | Scoop.it
The EyeLock myris is computer mouse-size device that scans your eye, allowing your iris to become the ultimate master password.

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IBM Is Betting That Watson Can Earn Its Keep

IBM Is Betting That Watson Can Earn Its Keep | Knowledge Nuggets | Scoop.it
IBM says a new division, with 2,500 employees, will be devoted to the supercomputer’s so-called data analysis and recommendation technology.
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IBM's Watson is moving the bar in Cognitive Computing for better decision-making.

 

From the article...

 

"...a major shift is underway [in the computing business]..."

"Watson does more than just find the needle in the haystack. It understands the haystack. It understands context."

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The fallow fallacy of Knowledge Management

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The fallow fallacy of Knowledge Management
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"What is KM and why is it different than what we are already doing?"

 

I had this conversation yesterday and to some length. As I read this article, I recalled some of the barriers to understanding and communicating that were encountered in this chat. The most difficult concept to convey appropriately to my discussion partner had to do with "the why" of KM - as in "why to do it" - and describe the why in a manner that is different from the answer used to explain the purpose for strategic planning or for leadership development or even for process improvement activities. We finally settled on an answer to "the why" that was rooted in the capability for innovation and being ready for what comes next.

 

As I've considered some of the lessons Dr. Griffiths has conveyed in his 2013/14 change capability series (you can find the first entry at http://knowcademy.com/2013/12/27/1-core-capability-that-needs-to-be-developed-in-2014/ ;) I have found that some improvement on my approach to introducing KM to others is needed. 

What I've taken away as a good learning nugget from this last conversation I've had on KM is that, to get the value of KM conversation started in the right direction, it may be best to lead with the topics of Change Management and the Need for Innovation. These concepts and their descriptors seem to have more traction and understanding and can serve as the language gateway to the greater discussion on KM. Most managers I meet have a level of acceptance already about Change as a constant in the organization and that being ready to respond quickly to new challenges is what can set a firm apart from their competitors.

 

I'll have to try something different and along these lines for my next conversation on KM. Hopefully I'll see the light bulb come on earlier when talking about change and the rest of the discussion will resemble something closer to this....."So we can agree that we need to be ready for change and that new opportunities and challenges can be found in all parts/all levels of the organization. Now wouldn't it be great if everyone in the organization had a common framework or decision-making mindset to use in applying context to new challenges? Yes you say? Well let's talk about some ideas of how to put that together for your firm...."

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Innovation Management IS Your Business | Switch and Shift

Innovation Management IS Your Business | Switch and Shift | Knowledge Nuggets | Scoop.it
While the old saying, "If it isn't broken, don't fix it" makes for a great sound bite, it can cause irreparable harm to a company's ability to remain competitive if adopted as an operating philosophy.
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Victor Jimenez's curator insight, January 4, 2:14 PM

I can't think of a better way to start a conversation on the value of Knowledge Management than how innovation is presented in this article.

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Victor, thanks for sharing this valuable insight.

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Hopes for productivity revival in sharing economy - San Francisco Chronicle

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Hopes for productivity revival in sharing economy San Francisco Chronicle "This has all the hallmarks of a disruptive technology for a bunch of industries that have never had to think about disruptive technologies," said Nicholas Colas, chief...

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This concept of the Sharing Economy is interesting. Other than privacy and risk of damage/loss, I wonder what will be important factors for deciding to participate from the perspective of the owners of property? 

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