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Knowledge (Knowledge Management)

Knowledge is the awareness and understanding of facts, truths or information gained in the form of experience or learning (a posteriori), or through introspection (a priori). Knowledge is an appreciation of the possession of interconnected details which, in isolation, are of lesser value it can be also defined as "information combined with experience, context, interpretation, and reflection. It is a high-value form of information that is ready to apply to decisions and actions. One of the main aspects in the feild of knowledge is Knowledge Management Knowledge Management is a term that's going to start cropping up here more often, but I need to try to define it. First of all, it's related to information management, but is not the same thing simply because knowledge and information are not identical. Information is atomic and static, but knowledge is associative, rich, multi-layered, multi-faceted, contextual, accessible, and dynamic. Information is what you get when you run a web search on Google. Knowledge is what you would get -- or at least get closer to -- if all of the results that came back from that search were relevant to what you actually wanted, and were presented consistently. That's still not quite knowledge, but it's closer. Do a search for KM on Google, and you'll find (currently) 866 entries. The first is to Brint, apparently considered the best KM site on the net. Personally, I think it's a nightmarish site, but there's one important thing you can see at this site: Knowledge Management is is a topic for organizations, not for individuals. In fact, it's a heavily commercialized term... there are a number of companies with software that specialize in KM, and they all define the term in a way that best suits their applications. Forget them. Knowledge management is an attempt to do with the collective knowledge of an organization -- the individuals within the organization -- what an individual does with his own knowledge. That includes storing, cross-linking, categorizing, contextualizing, retrieving, and of course presenting.