A collection of items for strategists and problems-solvers who aim to be well-informed about global affairs and perspectives; capable of developing and evaluating new knowledge; generating and analyzing courses of action; and who are interested in expressing clearly reasoned opinions and communicating effectively in writing, oral presentation, and visual display.
"My post on “What did Einstein know about KM” last week seemed to go down well, so I have continued my search for KM musings from great figures.
This week, we’ll hear from the Leonardo Da Vinci. It wasn’t until I read Gelb’s ambitiously titled book “How to think like Leonardo do Vinci” that I appreciated just how multi-talented he was. Painter, sculptor, architect, musician, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist, writer and no mean athlete - you name it, he could do it. Curious then that one of his quotations (one of the few which I disagree with) states “As every divided kingdom falls, so every mind divided between many studies confounds and saps itself.“. I guess you can make yourself an exception when you’re the archetypal Renaissance Man Polymath. I wonder what he would have made of the ubiquitous availability of information and possibilities which we enjoy today?
So my curated top-ten quotes from Da Vinci will take us on a journey through different facets of KM: from knowledge acquisition, the way our perceptions filter knowledge, the superiority of expertise over opinions, the power of learning, seeing and making connections, the challenge and value of expressing knowledge simply and the criticality of seeing knowledge applied."
9NEWS.com Cyber criminals have no borders, so neither should we Naked Security Back in the good old days of 2006, the Australian government was becoming increasingly aware of the growing risk of cybercrime, and in conjunction with like-minded...
More recently, we have seen the rise of Software as a Service, or SaaS, where the application is hosted by a vendor and the data may be accessed from anywhere. Companies no longer need expensive datacenters. Industrial designers do not need to purchase pricey new systems every few years – the application evolves continually on the back end. Accounting, once a core in-house department of every business, is now outsourced to a dedicated provider for a monthly subscription fee. And SaaS has introduced new methods to gather and analyze competitive intelligence. Here’s how.
"In response to my post on relevance, my long-time friend Ralph Mercer asked, “Why do I need KM at an institutional level when information is ambient at a global level and personal at a hyper local level?” This illuminates an observation made by Thierry deBaillon, which I have often quoted, “The basic unit of social business technology is personal knowledge management, not collaborative workspaces.” We are surrounded by information and have many ways to collaborate, but unless each person has effective sense-making processes, social business networks are mostly noise amplification.
Collaborative knowledge work must be coupled with cooperative knowledge sharing. Cooperation, or sharing without any quid pro quo, is the foundation of personal knowledge management. PKM is based on playfully seeking knowledge, not task-driven searching. It is also about sharing to inspire, not because you have to. The results of PKM can then be used in collaborative work."
Anthony Hevron A pair of researchers have uncovered more than two dozen vulnerabilities in products used in critical infrastructure systems that would allow attackers to crash or hijack the servers controlling electric substations and water...
SLA members have explored and shared their vision of the competencies and skills required for specialized information management in many forums.
Prepared for the Special Libraries Association Board of Directors by the Special Committee on Competencies for Special Librarians Eileen Abels, Rebecca Jones, John Latham, Dee Magnoni, Joanne Gard Marshall
What is an Information Professional? An Information Professional (“IP”) strategically uses information in his/her job to advance the mission of the organization. The IP accomplishes this through the development, deployment, and management of information resources and services. The IP harnesses technology as a critical tool to accomplish goals. IPs include, but are not limited to librarians, knowledge managers, chief information officers, web developers, information brokers, and consultants.
Examining how strategies are created, implemented, and executed is a relatively recent practice. In this video interview, McKinsey’s Chris Bradley and Angus Dawson explain how strategic thought has evolved and where it is headed.
Why do we have public libraries? Many of today's librarians like to talk about themselves as "information brokers" or "knowledge facilitators."
We talk about our skill in finding and organizing information. And sure, we’ve got those skills.
But what we really do is support literacy. This is our deeper mission.
Our patrons need help with every level of technology literacy. From those who come in who don’t know how to use a mouse, to those who’re interested in building a computer from scratch, the library could provide a wide range of resources for a wide diversity of people. We can help our community to practice and perfect our skill in understanding, using, and appreciating technology and digital content.
We’re kind-of getting there. We’ve got computers and the free internet for our patrons. We’re doing some classes and programs to help people develop their skills. And then of course we’ve got the maker movement.
It is in this context, of expanded literacy, that the maker fad starts to become something more important. Maker Spaces are totally hot right now. Everybody wants a 3D printer.
We’re in a bubble of bandwagonism. But after this settles down, I think we’ll be in a better place. It will be more accepted to support digital literacy, from helping patrons understand where the url bar is to helping patrons understand how to build an app, wire a circuit, or repair their PC. We won’t be so rabid about it, but we’ll have the foundations in place to really get down to work."
Every two years, Moz surveys over 100 top industry professionals to compile our biennial Search Engine Ranking Factors.
For 2013, we've supplemented the survey with real-world correlation data from a scientific examination of over 17,000 keyword search results by Dr. Matt Peters and his data science team.
>> Why do we call it ranking factors?
"Correlation is not causation but it sure is a hint." - Edward Tufte
>> Comparing correlation metrics:
By comparing the data, we find that high-ranking URLs are more highly correlated with page-level link metrics than general domain-level link metrics.
What's really incredible about this view is that Page Authority is the most highly correlated metric in this year's study at 0.39, making it one of the most highly correlated SEO metrics we've ever observed.
>> On-page keyword usage vs. page-level anchor text:
While the correlation with on-page keyword usage has declined over the years, the correlations with page-level anchor text remain as strong as ever.
For instance, the number of root domains linking to the page with partial match anchor text has a 0.29 correlation.
>> Social correlations vs. link metric correlations:
Social metrics have also gained a lot of attention in past years. Do they still correlate well with higher rankings?
Here we see social metric correlations almost equal with link metric correlations.
Note: Just because a metric is highly correlated, doesn't mean Google uses that metric directly.
>> The future of search: 128 industry experts lead the way:
Raw data only gets you so far. Often, the observations and experience from those on the ground goes much farther when working toward search marketing success.
This year, we invited over 100 industry experts to weigh in on how they see search engines working, what tactics are successful, and what the future might hold.
We asked each of our contributors about the future of search.
Enterprises face intense competition caused by globalisation. Consequently, enterprises look for tools that provide a competitive advantage. Competitive intelligence (CI) provides a competitive advantage to enterprises of all sizes. There are many definitions of CI but no universally accepted one. The purpose of this research is to review the current literature on CI with the aim of identifying and analysing CI definitions to establish the commonalities and differences, to propose a universal and comprehensive definition of CI and to set the borders of CI for common understanding amongst CI stakeholders.
JASIST, the Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, has published a wealth of scholarly papers on knowledge development, knowledge sharing, communities of practice and other knowledge management (KM) relevant topics over the years. We reproduce here the second part of a recent Virtual Issue covering in particular the theme of knowledge management systems and processes.
It has long been assumed in the BI community that more information is "a good thing" when it comes to making better decisions. Except when there is too much information...when we encounter information overload.This leads us to look beyond information as the sole or, even, majority basis for decision making. Rational choice theory has long held sway as the foundation of thinking about business decision making. In recent years, the roles of intuition, gut-feeling, emotional state and intention are slowly coming to the fore as possible contributors.
"If you're serious about knowledge management (or if you just want to add a little variety to your Twitter feed), you're in luck! We've compiled a list of 11 knowledge management influencers to follow on Twitter. -
"...top ten favourite “Einstein on KM” quotes, which have been roughly curated into a journey from information to knowledge, through to learning and simplicity, experimentation, failure, curiosity and imagination…
Information is not knowledge.The only source of knowledge is experience.Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler.If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education.Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.Knowledge of what is does not open the door directly to what should be.Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination."