ASIST K-Blog Panel

Thursday, September 30, 2004

We're on for a Thursday Night

The blog group is very receptive to us doing a trial run of our presentation. Wendy said we can do a conference call for Christina. Now we just need to pick a date. They seem very interested in it, too.

Bill Ives Talks at Tonight's Blog Meeting

Bill Ives will be talking about knowledge management and blogging at tonight's Berkman meeting. I will, of course, take notes.

Addendum: Bill mentioned his post Blog as Filing Cabinet. It sounds relevant and I plan to read it later.

My notes from his presentation are on the Thursday Meetings blog.

Christina, I asked him about his take on personal knowledge/information management. He said that's what he does and that's what he'd talk about, but I'm not sure that he talked about anything of particular relevance to what you might have specifically wanted to know. Let me know if there's something particular you want me to ask him. He's here almost weekly and he'll probably be in the room when we present.

What do y'all think about slipping Bill Ives our blog to see if he'd be interested in blogging about it? Maybe we could get him to do an embargoed post for 11/16 to herald our unveiling.

Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Contentious: Blogging Style: The Basic Posting Formats (Series Index)

Writer Amy Gahran offers a list of the types of text blogs. 9/22/04 Pointed out by Bill Ives, who saw it on Dina Mehta's page. I have to say that type 4, list format, really drives me up a wall! I like to see only one thought/theme per post. Also, (and importantly) all of these assume you're writing for an audience. In blogging for km, I believe the employees should be encouraged to blog for themselves for PKM (or PIM) and for their teammates for km. Identifying and targeting a larger audience is v. important for external blogs... but for internal? Comments anyone?

Monday, September 27, 2004

Made out of people: How Stuff Gets Into (and Out Of) Blogs: All About Search

Another post discussing the importance of intranet search to successful intranet blogging.

Monday, September 20, 2004

From an obvious plug

Which I won't link to... turns out that one of the V3rity enterprise search products is now set up for intranet blogs to ping when updated. The new post is indexed almost immediately.

Friday, September 17, 2004

Notes from my Wisconsin Blog Talk

I think the notes I posted from my talk about blogging in Wisconsin on Wednesday might be worth a look because I included many of the questions I received from the audience. They might give us some idea about what kinds of things people are interested in knowing, which could help us figure out what we want to say. A few audience members had a difficult time understanding feeds, syndication, and aggregators. I tried using several analogies, but none of them really worked. I'm not sure if the women gave up trying to get me to explain it or if they really did leave the room understanding what aggregators, feeds, and syndication are. I've explained them many other times without problems. I'm not sure if I just wasn't explaining them clearly Wednesday evening or what. I go into detail about the analogies I used and what I did in my notes. Do you have any ideas about how I can explain them better? Do we need to cover them in our ASIST session?

Woo-hoo we're beta testing an enterprise search

-- and the team lead is complaining that the search results are crowded with hits from my internal blog! This could mean great things for blogging and knowledge sharing on the intranet. I'll post updates when I have them.

Tuesday, September 14, 2004

CorporateBloggingBlog: The Problem Of Unstructured Blogs That Are Hard To Search

This is a huge issue for me. My employer does not own or license an enterprise search. EPA did, and it was actually fairly simple to make sure your intranet sites were accessible. Intranet blogs lose some of their utility if they are not searchable. For my blogs on the internet, I added a Google search. This is not terribly effective. What do you do for blogs behind the firewall? Some of his commenters believe in making blogs into wikis and you can read my response in the comments.

Friday, September 10, 2004

Common Craft: Survey Results: Online Communities in Business: Past Progress, Future Directions

Lee Lefever blogs on a survey by Joe Cothrel and Jenny Ambrozek on adoption, acceptance, etc., online communities in business. It includes blogs, fora (forums?), wikis... N is only 135, but still interesting.
respondents say that they plan to be using Weblogs more frequently than than any other technology 1 year from now. To me, this suggests that respondents are learning about weblogs, but have yet to test them as online community tools- but plan to in the next year.

Thursday, September 09, 2004

K-logging in books

We have a 30-day trial going of Safari so I put in one of my standard searches and came up with this book: Blogging: Genius Strategies for Instant Web Content by Biz Stone (New Riders Publishing, September 13, 2002). Chapter 10, Section 6 is on Knowledge Management (in the event you all have this database: Before you all run out and buy this... it's a very, very superficial treatment with somewhat misleading or at least uninformative definitions of what knowledge management is. They do spend a paragraph defining tacit and explicit knowledge, but I would expect our audience to already know that. Essential Blogging by Cory Doctorow, Rael Dornfest, J. Scott Johnson, Shelley Powers, Benjamin Trott, and Mena G. Trott (O'Reilly, August 1, 2002) doesn't seem to have anything on k-logging but We Blog: Publishing Online With Weblogs by Paul Bausch (Wiley, 2002) does. I got that one through ILL and already sent it back. It has a little more information than the Stone book, but not too much.

Wednesday, September 08, 2004

Mathemagenic: Defining Personal KM

An interesting post in which Efimova responds to Jeremy Aarons' post regarding the "recent fad of interest in... PKM." See also: her PKM Q&A.