January 2005 Archives

I have another opportunity to be a "graduate assistant" at a Dale Carnegie course. One of the items discussed in the first session is the components of personal change / growth. Carnegie talks about needing Attitude, Knowledge, Practice, and Skills.
I was just reading a black-background website and then switched back to Outlook, which is white-background and my eyes are still flickering.
Links to a couple of blog posts and an article that talk about personal knowledge space. The bloggers focus on intentionally building your knowledge space at your blog. The article talks about an idealized Lifetime Personal Web Space.
One of the themes of BlogWalk was the idea of information literacy - that people need to know how to find and critically evaluate information. Here are several relevant items that have appeared recently.
Questions generated by the blog pilot discussion. How quickly will the benefit of blogging surface? What benefits are we looking for? Can the passion of independent blogging translate into an organization? What culture fits best?
Cote wrote up a nice set of notes about his experience with Enterprise Blogging. He covers setting up blogs, current use, what people post, and problems with blogs behind the firewall.
Gabriela Avram writes about her blogging course and the fun she's having making it work. I saw a connection to some of the discussions at BlogWalk Chicago, particularly around requiring people to blog.
My friend, Ben Wechsler, has started a blog, From the Podium, to mesh his ideas about music, knowledge management and other topics. And he's already referncing some guidance about how to be introspective in a useful way.
Is it possible to have a tool that automagically reviews the last X blog posts (or Y days of posts) and builds a list of baseline URL's to which I have referred? Essentially, run through all my text, grab the href's, and then be smart about collapsing multiple references to items at the same location.
Some demographics of the attendees, beyond Lilia being the only woman as Lloyd observed from the photos / attendee list: where people live, what they do.
It's several hours after BlogWalk with sixteen people, and I am feeling overwhelmed from the day of conversation, coffee, pizza, a snowball fight and more conversation.
Just back from a lovely dinner at Reza's Restaurant before BlogWalk itself with about 1/3 of the BlogWalk group. Entertaining conversation and food. Now it is snowing.
Feedster lets you claim your feed , which lets you set up an icon to appear with any results that come from your web feed. But if your content gets re-served by an aggregator, it may show up as coming from a different source. Here is an example.
Brian Dennis at the New Media Hack has an idea to help with (personal) Knowledge Aggregation that delivers better-targeted knowledge (information) to his aggregator. Here are some more thoughts around the idea.
Director of KM position on craigslist for the NYC Center for Charter School Excellence.
Peter Welsch records some details of Lilia's meeting with BROG yesterday. Among the topics was the question in the title of this post. In my mind, rather than indicating a conversation, blogrolls indicate a world or worldview. Once a specific conversation starts, it is much better to follow the connections within the conversation itself.
It looks like KM Magazine is becoming Inside Knowledge as of their February 2005 issue. And Jerry Ash of AOK is writing for them.
The first AOK STAR Series of 2005 is with Michael Behounek of Halliburton, discussing What Makes KM Sustainable from 17 - 28 January. One aspect that interests me is the need to focus on delivering value to the organization.
Weblog communities can be thought of as an impressionist painting that uses color splashes to indicate an object as well as a feeling. For blogging communities, one must stand back to get an idea of the whole picture.
Looking forward to the upcoming BlogWalk in Chicago by looking back at BlogWalk 4, which talked about similar topics. Also, some thoughts on what I'd like to see.
Liz Lawley writes about the time-saving launcher program Quicksilver (Mac-only). My immediate reaction was to compare to how I use the describing how I use the Windows-only Activewords. Thus a very long entry is born.
Olaf Brugman writes a useful summary of what is really behind knowledge sharing. It is the act of learning from people, transforming that knowledge and then passing that new knowledge to someone else.
Potential new knowledge worker software - Babylon, which is based on the idea of glossaries. It's used for language translations, but also for any situation where you have a set of terminology and related definitions and even hooks into other software.
Reed Stuedemann of Caterpillar University spoke at the January KM Chicago meeting, describing their Knowledge Networks project that contains 1000's of communities. He ties usage of the system to business value, and he provided a nice list of lessons learned in this very successful project.
Some thoughts about the differences between data, information and knowledge, in response to a comment by Dale Emery on Knowledgeline's list of Guiding Principles of Knowledge. This is not an easy topic.
James Robertson of Column Two points to a fun report from Patrick Lambe that describes the archetypes present in the an online community (mailing list): Mediator, Energy Vampire, Lurker, Angry Little Man, Beginner, Hostage, Backstabber, Professor, Sophist, Visionary, and Guru.
David Weinberger found an interesting quote from Arianna Huffington in relation to blogging and newsmakers. I think it has just as much to do with the conversation about blogging and communities.
Here is a quiz that checks your Digital IQ - less of a nerd test than the last one I wrote about and the questions cover more real-world knowledge. I'm at 165.
Scott Allen of the Online Business Network Blog suggests that social networks "don't work" because people don't know how to use them, not because they are defective by design. This leads to some of my own thoughts that any tool has a contextual aspect that has to be learned or taught.
A set of eleven guiding principles of knowledge from Mark at Knowledgeline.
I am nerdier than 58% of people. But does it count if I used to be more so? I've got a Ph.D. and I used to play Dungeons and Dragons for hours, I swear. I even attempted to code up some "helpers" for the games.
Interesting connection between the Broken Windows theory, the idea that bugs create debt in software, and the emotional bank account we have with all of our friends and collegues. In all cases, the accounts need to be managed before irreversible meltdown happens.
Pharmaceutical Technology magazine published an IT supplement in their November 2004 edition. It contains three articles that point to changes in the pharmaceutical information technology world.
Here are some thoughts about knowledge sharing inspired by an inquiry from a friend at a whose company did a survey that identified a lack of knowledge sharing as a problem.
The January 11, 2005 meeting of KM Chicago is a presentation by Mr. Reed Stuedemann of Caterpillar. He will present an overview of the knowledge sharing process, starting with how Caterpillar got to where it is today, lessons learned, how the company measures value/success and then will show how it is...
A larger sense of community develops through blogging (and other online venues), and these people get together to do something new based on their familliarity with one another and their incliniation to share and learn and contribute out in the open.
Stuart Henshall has some interesting thoughts about how blogging is evolving for him, and Ton Zijlstra followed that with addiional thoughts about Personal Presence Portals. When it comes to collaborating and developing new ideas and new products, the blog probably isn't the best tool. But blogs themselves will continue being interesting too.
Howard Baldwin writes in the 1 January issue of Electronic Business Online, Blogs for business?Forget about all the hype you've heard about blogs (a.k.a. Web logs) as the latest outlet for personal journalism. It turns out they also have a remarkable ability to aid communication in business, whether within internal workgroups...
Sharing a table seems to inspire conversation, whether it is coffee or food or even a hookah at the table.
The Dennis Byrne column in today's Chicago Tribune, Media's Top 10 Whopper List (registration required), gives the results of the Statistical Assessment Service's (STATS) 2004 Dubious Data Awards (pdf).  STATS at George Mason University keeps track of dubious math and statistics reported in the major media.  Another website resource when you are looking up...
Happy new year to one and all.
In case you are bored and don't want to get your stuff done: Gotta Get My Stuff Done -- (Quicktime) or not (Win Media). [via Frank Patrick's Focused Performance Blog]As always, an element of truth.  Not that this ever happens to me.  Excuse me, gotta get some coffee....

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