Open Source KM, Defining Taxonomy, Bain Tools & Trends 2007, Clear Blogging

11-Apr-07 Archive of Weekly KM Blog by Stan Garfield

KM Question of the Week

Q: Where can I find out about Open Source Software for knowledge management?

Here are 12 links on this topic:

  1. Expert Group Meeting: Open Source Software for Knowledge Management (KM) October 2004
  2. Open Source Knowledge Management Solutions Written in Java
  3. Knowledge Management Online
  4. Luis Suarez: Knowledge Management Online — KM Online — Open Source KM
  5. Nicolas Moldavsky: Open Source KM Tools Demonstration
  6. Jon Doctor: KM and Open Source
  7. Nirmala Palaniappan Open Source KM
  8. Denham Grey: Open Source and KM
  9. A brief introduction to Open Source
  10. Murray Jennex: Open Source Knowledge Management
  11. Renee Hopkins Callahan: Blogging = Open-source knowledge management
  12. activeCollab — web based, open source collaboration and project management tool

And here are three books:

  1. Open Source for Knowledge And Learning Management by Miltiadis Lytras and Ambjorn Naeve
  2. Open Source Knowledge Management by Georg Hüttenegger
  3. Open Source Solutions for Knowledge Management and Technological Ecosystems by Francisco J. Garcia-and Alicia García-Holgado

KM Blog of the Week

Green Chameleon by Patrick Lambe

Defining “Taxonomy”

There are three basic characteristics of a taxonomy for knowledge management, and to be any good at its job, it needs to fulfill all three functions:

  1. A taxonomy is a form of classification scheme
  2. Taxonomies are semantic
  3. A taxonomy is a kind of knowledge map

Other Green Chameleon blog entries on taxonomy (enter the titles below in the search box to find the posts)

  1. My Book Has a Webpage
  2. Supermarket 2.0
  3. My Taxonomy Book Finally Published
  4. What Makes Social Tagging Work
  5. The Kingdom of Taxonomy
  6. Taxonomy Development Needs A Human Touch
  7. Sunken Treasures
  8. Folksonomies and Rich Serendipity
  9. How to Kill a Knowledge Environment with a Taxonomy
  10. A Brief History of Arrangement
  11. Dilbert on Taxonomies
  12. Taskonomies and Information Neighbourhoods
  13. Building Information Neighbourhoods
  14. Taxonomies vs Tagging: High Context, Low Context
  15. Search, Ambiguity, and Autotagging
  16. Business Process Documentation with KM/IM Orientation
  17. Whose Language is it Anyway?
  18. KM and Christmas Don’t Mix
  19. KRIMinal Activities Afoot
  20. Defining “Taxonomy”
  21. What Shape is a Taxonomy?

KM Link of the Week

Tom Davenport pointed me to

Management Tools: An Executive’s Guide — Results of Bain & Company’s Management Tools & Trends 2007 study find that softer management issues, such as corporate culture, environmental protection and knowledge management, have now moved to the forefront of executive thinking.

Knowledge Management moved into the top 10 most used tools in 2006 despite being ranked in the bottom 5 for satisfaction in every survey for the past ten years.

KM Book of the Week

Seth Godin recommended Clear Blogging: How People Blogging Are Changing the World and How You Can Join Them by Bob Walsh


Clear Blogging sets out to answer in nontechnical terms what blogging has to offer and why and how you should blog. If you’re just starting to read blogs, Clear Blogging is your native guide to the blogosphere, covering how to get the best, most interesting information with the least amount of time and effort. The main course of Clear Blogging shows what you stand to gain from blogging, and how you can go from your first post to being welcomed aboard the blogosphere’s A-list.

  • Covers how blogging can improve your job prospects, professional practice, business revenue, company reputation, and the world you live in
  • Includes over 50 interviews with successful bloggers who are influencing products, policy makers, potential employers, and millions of the general public — all while earning an online reputation and real profits
  • Shows you how to apply the best practices of news gathering to build your blog’s reputation and brand
  • Is heavy on the specific benefits of blogging and light on the technological aspects

Table of Contents

Part 1: Revolution in Progress: Please Make Noise

  • Chapter 1: Why Blog?
  • Chapter 2: Hooking into the Blogosphere
  • Chapter 3: Getting Started

Part 2: Building Your Blog

  • Chapter 4: What Do Good Blogs Share
  • Chapter 5: Building Your Personal Blog
  • Chapter 6: Professionally Blogging, Blogging Professionally
  • Chapter 7: Building Your Company Blog

Part 3: Secrets of Influential Blogging

  • Chapter 8: Power Tools for Bloggers
  • Chapter 9: Successful Blogging
  • Chapter 10: The New Fourth Estate
  • Chapter 11: Adding Podcasting to Your Blog
  • Chapter 12: Monetizing Your Blog for Fun and Profit
  • Chapter 13: Building Readership

Part 4: Blogging Toward the Future

  • Chapter 14: Blogging from the New Front Lines
  • Chapter 15: Welcome to Your Future

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