Inside Knowledge Magazine /Knowledge Management Magazine Archive
Volume 11 Issue 4
A big leap forward, you might say – from the last page to the first, from special correspondent to managing editor – all in the span of this issue.
I’ve been through this drill a few times and I’ve always begun my tenure by assuring readers I will continue the publication in the style they have come to expect. And then things change. They change because an editor’s decisions are made on personal and professional knowledge, visions and values.
Because the community it serves is changing... or more correctly, beginning to discover the true scope of knowledge work is in the hands of knowledge workers everywhere. Never in the history of human development has there ever been such a thing as a non-knowledge worker, and so IK wants to focus wherever knowledge work happens.
The recent name change from Knowledge Management to Inside Knowledge made room for a much-needed coming together of knowledge practitioners. Now it’s time to actually live up to the meaning of that title.
In fact, it’s time for the very narrow KM ‘community’ itself (on which the magazine was founded) to change, to reach beyond its own inner circle and engage in the work of the larger knowledge pool where knowledge work labours under different flags – business intelligence, change management, learning organisations, project management, product development, librarianship, even the several branches of information technology – to name but a few.
More recently, it may have been a business decision to consolidate the Inside Knowledge and Enterprise Information magazines into one publication but it was also a brilliant (if not planned) step towards bringing the first two knowledge silos together – well, at least between the same two covers. I long for the day when the EI readership is no longer at the ‘back of the bus’, separated by a second cover page and – instead – the communities of knowledge and information become one.
Who can explain the difference? In this very issue I present the story of Boeing’s knowledge loss due to the advent of personal computing and the subsequent diffusion of collaborative knowledge into the fragmentation of e-mails and attachments. Is that an IK report? Or an EI report? Well, of course, it’s both!
Yes, my friends, IK will change because the ever-changing knowledge phenomenon requires it. Please come change with me.
Jerry Ash, Managing editor
Workshop: The user experience
Stephen Musselwhite examines how the usability of the intranet can be adapted to create a positive user experience.
The DRM debate
Digital rights management (DRM) software was hailed as the ideal solution to the growing issue of digital piracy when it was first developed, yet it has repeatedly failed to take off. Is it destined for failure?
Broadcasting innovation: organising to connect intelligence
This approach reaches beyond the walls of internal networks and crowd sources or broadcasts research needs to external sources such as commercial, academic and not-for-profit institutions.
Chasing the vapour trail
How Boeing is recapturing knowledge scattered to the four winds by individual computing, networking, decision-making and change.
Management icon Tom Davenport helps tell the story of how information technology and knowledge based organisation team to improve clinical decisions and reduce medical errors at Partners HealthCare
User insights on ECM selection and implementation
Connecting suppliers and end users isnt easy, but the results are worth the effort. This review of lessons learnt provides insights into how enterprise content management projects might succeed or fail.
Ramon Barquin - Debt to librarians
Marian the librarian has come a long way from the fictitous River City, Iowa in the play Music Man. Librarians are key connectors between those who need to know and those who know.
The Knowledge - Alex and David Bennet
Alex and David Bennet are the founders of Mountain Quest Institute, a learning centre dedicated to helping individuals achieve personal and professional growth and to create and sustain high performance for organisations in a rapidly changing, uncertain, and increasingly complex world.
Prediction: 'Holistic user experience' for 2008
While you can throw new technology at old problems, it won't always solve them.
The Laws of Simplicity: Design, Technology, Business, Life.
Author: John Meada
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 2006
Reviewed by Lucy McNulty
The Gurteen perspective: Life is political
YOU CANT avoid politics. Some time back there was a fascinating debate triggered by Nirmala Palaniappan on ActKM, one of the best KM discussion forums on the web.