Making and Organising Knowledge in Communities
You are cordially invited to join the "MetaKnowledge Mash-up 2.0", the second conference organised by KIDMM held at BCS London HQ.
As you may know, the KIDMM community (which focuses on Knowledge, Information, Data and Metadata Management) originated as a collaboration between a number of BCS Specialist Groups, and now operates as an email discussion list with 75 members.
This one-day event on 9th October at BCS London is organised jointly with the UK Chapter of the International Society for Knowledge Organization (ISKO-UK) and has as its topic "Making and Organising Knowledge in Communities".
The term "knowledge" means different things to different people. Down the ages, knowledge has been captured, written down, organised for retrieval, and is available to be shared. But a lot of human knowing is "tacit" in nature, and organisations struggle to find ways of harnessing it. Know-how in particular is usually shared informally between work colleagues, and between members of professional societies, associations and special interest groups.
More often than is generally realised, knowledge-making and knowledge organisation occurs in a social context, within a community of some kind. The emerging discipline of Knowledge Management recognises the value of "Communities of Practice" and is looking for better tools and processes that will help in gathering knowledge within such communities, examining and reconciling opposing ideas, sifting and categorising what emerges, and making the result available for the benefit of the company, the membership or society at large.
In the Web 2.0 age, there are new ways of building community online. While we appreciate the email discussion lists and online forums we have become familiar with, we are also embracing social networking sites, wikis and interlinked blogs. Libraries and encyclopedias have moved online, and offer multimedia alongside the book. MetaKnowledge Mash-up 2.0 is a day for hearing about and discussing the new tools for knowledge-making and knowledge organisation from some of the people who have led the way.
MetaKnowledge Mash-up 2.0 is self-financing, so there is a charge of £20 to cover expenses and provide lunch and refreshments. You can download a booking form and read more about our speakers at the event's web page: