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Friday, July 23, 2004

A Personal Information and Knowledge Infrastructure Integrator: Edmonds et al.: JoDI

K. Andrew Edmonds, James Blustein, and Don Turnbull. "A Personal Information and Knowledge Infrastructure Integrator."Journal of Digital Information, v.5 no.1 article no. 243 (2004-05-12)
"We introduce our vision of the Personal Information and Knowledge Infrastructure Integrator (PIKII) of the future ...In the common-use hypertext of the future, the world will bear some marked similarities to the current world of Weblogging. People will use hypertext structures to manage their personal information, be it in the form of diaries, platforms for political campaigns, records of research projects (akin to laboratory notebooks), Web clippings (schraefel and Zhu 2001), or networked photo scrapbooks that can then be shared with others and open to collaboration with others. Services will help interested people connect with one another through citation tracking, update monitoring, transclusion and aggregation, and social networking.


  • I'm still finishing reading this but check out this section:
    "5.3 Business Use of Weblogs
    The technologies described to this point have obvious implications for businesses or commercial purposes. Weblogs should move towards being the common format for corporate knowledge exchange. Each individual's work can be published with permissions for particular group members, for internal corporate consumption or eventually edited and approved for external use as altogether new information or as additional content for commercial Web sites. Business desktop operating systems will gradually evolve into content management and creation toolkits, using open Web standards to network and store both personal and corporate business data. These new formats for data access and storage will enable a more open development path for extending systems, no proprietary lock-in and extensible, customizable interfaces at the client or content level.

    Corporate portals could be transformed into RSS reader interfaces with dynamic data selected by each user in association with their work responsibilities and interests and then augmented with the recommender technologies proposed earlier. Opening an organization's hierarchy to one of information sharing would encourage users to comment and improve any information item via their own networked information space, to be shared with others interested in the same topics or working on similar work projects. More blogging and linking will create a social capital in the organization, akin to Gatekeepers (Allen 1977) where those who are sources of information often continue to acquire more information through networking (both physical and informational) gradually enhancing both their value to the organization and amongst their peers. These new technologies can network both the organization and improve the physical and virtual links between employees, businesses and their customers."

    By Blogger Christina, at 9:57 AM  

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