Thursday, July 24, 2008

KNOL - a unit of knowledge from Google

Today, I claim that knowledge management has taken a great step forward towards a more inclusive discipline.

I was so pleasantly surprised to see the launch of KNOL by Google. For me, it marks a significant step towards more inclusive and more Open Source Global Knowledge Management. Whereas Wikipedia may be considered to be an incredibly powerful resource for the creation and dissemination of knowledge, there are some limitations, that I believe Google have addressed.

As a key principle of effective knowledge management, it is now possible to have more choice in the information and knowledge you are presented with. With KNOL, you can choose to have an 'author-centric' and a more 'fully inclusive' series of authoritative articles with the same name, for example 'knowledge management', if you wish, as opposed to having just one authoritative article that is managed with that name. There is great merit in both approaches and, if you so wish, you can now choose both.

As a result, Global Knowledge Management is about to move to the next incredibly exciting step, and KNOL is certainly a part of that.

I am now far more motivated, enthused and committed to continually extending and improving KNOL articles and contribute more, starting with some links to more inclusive approaches to knowledge management, new perspectives on knowledge asset management, the inevitable drive to more open source knowledge, and the impact of rapidly emerging knowledge tools to support new and disruptively innovative knowledge processes, that will take us all to the next level of knowledge management. The Semantic Web 3.0 is just one example of this.

Thanks to Google and KNOL, we can now all add our voices, articles and perspectives, and choose to be more inclusive, for the common good of effective global knowledge management.

Ron Young

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  1. Kia ora Ron!

    Thanks for this introduction.

    I've been following the activity centred around the introduction of Knol for some time now. There have been some interesting posts about it.

    A recent post analyses and contradicts the idea that a knol is a unit of knowledge. Ironically that blog does not permit anyone to comment unless they have the knowledge to log on.

    Units are supposed to be well defined amounts, usually according to a standard.

    Though Google attempts to outline what's meant by a unit of knowledge as the knol, it seems to me that this definition is fuzzy and unclear. It also seems odd that there is so much enthusiasm over the acceptance of the knol given that the concept of what comprises a unit of knowledge is so imprecise.

    Before we race off into infinity with this, shouldn't we at least get a handle on what constitutes a unit of knowledge? I haven't found a great deal of logical reading material on this. Any thoughts?

    Ka kite
    from Middle-earth

  2. Knol and global knowledge management is a good idea.

    I also feel Knol is good addition to global knowledge management platforms and it will succeed. I notice that many people are publishing on knol.

    Google may set up an editorial review committee to certify certain authors or knols as Google Editors Certified to provide some assurance to the reader on the quality of material. Others then will have incentive to upgrade their writing to that level. So some thing like editors rating and readers rating could be made available for grading the knols.

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