The Knowledge Management (KM) Depot

The Knowledge Management (KM) Depot: March 2013

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Knowledge Management for Research Institutions - Webinar

On Wednesday April 17th, there will be a 60 minute webinar detailing the use of Knowledge Management (KM) at and for research departments and/or institutions. The following is a brief description of the webinar:

Research Institutions are critical to innovation and new product creation. The speeds to market for new products are essential to stay ahead of your competitors. Knowledge Management (KM) plays a central role not only from the perspective of innovation by knowing what has been done and/or what is being done in other areas of research that can be utilized, but also from the collaboration and knowledge sharing among researchers contributing to the speed of new products to market.

At its core the nature of research is to nurture open access to extensive amounts of tacit knowledge (knowledge within the minds of people) and explicit knowledge (knowledge that is written down) by applying a model that reflects the natural of flow of knowledge. The model of Connect – Collect ---Reuse and Learn depicts a knowledge flow model that supports KM within research institutions and R&D functions within organizations. For KM to work within a research environment (as with other environments) a culture and structure that supports, rewards and proves the value KM can bring will encourage the continued use and adoption of the KM practice.

In addition the choice of IT tools (which is of secondary importance) should be brought in to the organization to automate the knowledge flow and its associated process. The KM tool(s) must support KM goals/strategies, provide a means to connect, collect, catalog, access, and reuse tacit and explicit knowledge. In addition the KM tool(s) must capture new learning to share across the organization, and provide search and retrieval mechanisms to bring pertinent knowledge to the user.

This webinar will cover the KM strategy, techniques, best practices and application of KM necessary for research institutions to innovate more effectively and shorten the time to bring new products to market.

In a previous blog post I covered KM at Research Institutions and this topic will be presented in depth in my next book Knowledge Management in Practice. For more information click on KM for Research Institutions link. I look forward to your questions and comments.

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

KM Conference Mash Up!

As we move into 2013 there are several Knowledge Management (KM) conferences that I would highly recommend you attend, participate and/or inquire about. Here is the list, including the link and a brief note about each:
APQC hosts its 18th Knowledge ManagementConference - Training April 29 – May 1 & Conference May 2 -3 in Houston Texas). APQC is a leading benchmarking, best practice and research organization, which has Knowledge Management as one of its core areas. The focus of this conference is to explore the knowledge and knowledge processes organizations are using to boost creativity, innovation, and competitiveness.
ICICKM 10th International Conference on Intellectual Capital, Knowledge Management & Organizational Learning – ICICKM 2013, The George Washington University, School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS) and Engineering Management and Systems Engineering (EMSE) Washington, DC, USA 24-25 October 2013 This conference also includes several mini tracks.
KM World 2013 Conference Building Collaborative Organizations: People, Platforms & Programs. November 6 – 8, 2013 at the Renaissance Washington, DC Hotel in Washington DC. KMWorld offers a wide-ranging program especially focused to meet the needs of executives and strategic business and technology decision makers. This is a must-attend for those concerned with improving their organization’s bottom line, business processes and productivity, as well as streamlining operations and accelerating development and innovation in their evolving enterprises.
Taxonomy Boot Camp November 5 – 6 in Washington DC. This conference is a part of the KM World conference. The Taxonomy Boot Camp brings together practitioners and experts in taxonomy, vendors who have created tools to help manage your taxonomies, and novices who are starting out in the world of information management. This conference includes interactive panel discussions and workshops centered around designing, developing and executing taxonomies.
Enterprise Search Summit also a part of the KM World conference occurs during November 6 – 8, in Washington DC. This conference brings together practitioners and experts in Enterprise Search. The conference features speakers exploring search and how it facilitates knowledge “findability” and sharing including effective information delivery, and business operations improvement.
SEKE 2013 - The Twenty-Fifth International Conference on Software Engineering and Knowledge Engineering (SEKE 2013) will be held at Hyatt Harborside at Boston's Logan International Airport, USA from June 27 to June 29, 2013. This is primarily an academic conference. This conference aims at bringing together experts in software engineering and knowledge engineering to discuss on relevant research, papers and software solutions in either software engineering or knowledge engineering or both. Special emphasis will be put on the transference of methods between both domains.
ACM Conference of Information and Knowledge Management (CIKM 2013) This conference will be held from October 27 to November 1, 2013 at San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront, Burlingame, CA, USA. The purpose of the conference is to identify challenging problems facing the development of future knowledge and information systems, and to shape future research directions through the publication of high quality, applied and theoretical research findings.
These conferences only represent a portion of the KM Conferences that will be occurring in 2013. I will be attending and/or presenting at a few of the conferences mention above. If you know of other conferences please contact me and I will update this “Mash Up”!

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