Inside Knowledge Magazine, 11 (8), 2008

[Deutscher Titel: Inside Knowledge Magazine, 11 (8), 2008 (Text übersetzen: Deutsch)]

Inside Knowledge Magazine, Volume 11 Issue 8 2008

Editor’s letter
Wiki while you work


ei Case study: Wiki versus DMS at Goodwin Procter
The document management system has long been the factory assembly line for most big law firms. In turn, the document management system is the largest searchable repository of knowledge in a law firm. With the rise of enterprise 2.0 technologies and their alignment with knowledge management, the question arises how these new technologies might affect the use of existing technologies, like the document management system. One of the most promising enterprise 2.0 technologies for knowledge management is the wiki.

ei Cover feature: A picture is worth a thousand words
For over 2,500 years humans have kept libraries of information in different forms. From ancient Egyptian archives to modern day computerised distributed databases, data has been gathered and people have found ways of handling this information. Librarians have long used indexes in different forms to help find the resource they are interested in, but search engines and the internet have changed this paradigm. No longer are we restricted to searching solely the data about resources or metadata – we can now search the entirety of the data itself.

Update: The development of social network analysis
In May 2003, I published my first article on social network analysis here in IK (then Knowledge Management) magazine. Supported by successive editors, I have contributed a full Social Network Toolkit and a four-part Masterclass series, so I was pleased when I was asked to contribute an article this month on how social network analysis (SNA) has been used in knowledge management (KM) and where it is going.
I am not sure whether this request was prompted by signs of demise, but let me assure you network analysis is becoming an integral part of a mature KM repertoire.

Case study: Shell Wiki
The wiki concept was developed by Ward Cunningham who originally created this evolutionary tool to help programmers share knowledge. The development of the wiki, which means ‘fast’ in Hawaiian, began in 1994 and by March 1995, the WikiWikiWeb was installed on the internet. Since this time, the concept of wiki has been adopted by many organisations in an effort to enhance knowledge sharing across business and across the globe. Wiki has become increasingly popular in contemporary organisations; it is often used as the main collaborative software and, in some cases, as a replacement for static intranets.

Cover feature: KM Olympics
After centuries of debate, we don’t know for sure if it were Hercules – the Roman son of Zeus, the Egyptian god Herakles, the younger Greek god Heracles or the so-called Hercules Daktyl (or dactyl, meaning the size of a finger) – who originated the world-famed Olympic Games.
But during the run-up to the October 2008 Olympics in Beijing we are pretty sure who started the ‘KM Olympics’ – Rudolf D’Souza and his knowledge management (KM) team at Eureka Forbes in Koramangala, Bangalore, India, four years ago. And given the results of those Games, the founder could be called ‘Team Dactyl’ because it was due to the KM team’s Herculean accomplishment that the far-reaching and highly effective KM event in history was carried out – Eureka Forbes’ ‘KM Olympics’.


ei: The last word
What a pain e-mail is. And yet, e-mail is now deeply embedded as an essential communications channel for many business processes in almost all sectors.
It causes different sorts of pain for different parts of each organisation. In the IT Operations area, the constantly growing call for storage hurts badly. In the compliance arena, the difficulty of managing huge volumes of dynamic data causes worries for the health of an organisation – indeed, the occasional suggestion of instant remedies in the shape of e-mail management systems can threaten to make this even worse. And, of course, users struggle with the headache of dealing with the flood of information and spam.

‘Double-dipping’ is a great term to use in launching an editorial campaign or starting a debate. At once it makes an accusation and passes judgment – akin to ‘have you stopped beating your wife?’ If it happened in a courtroom, a lawyer would object and a judge would sustain the objection because it would be prejudicial.

The knowledge: Ron Dvir
Sometimes brilliant minds move so rapidly mere mortals can’t download fast enough. But with Ron Dvir, patterns gradually appear – like a double helix – a twisting but congruent spiral revealing discoveries and personal ?ah-has’ – personal moments entwined and linked as concepts.

Opinion: Lynda Rathbone
For many of us, the new financial year has begun and we’re facing a budget for online spending that is, as usual, not enough for the grand plans we have. Furthermore, with the state of the economy the way it is, it’s probably unlikely there will be extra money or bigger budgets coming anytime soon. So what’s an online executive to do? How can you make the most out of the cash you do have?

Book review: Leadership Brand
Browse through the catalogues of e-commerce giant Amazon, or indeed the shelves of any large bookshop, and you are bound to find a selection of books dedicated to discussion of leadership.
Certainly, leadership and the ability to successfully lead have long been viewed as immensely valuable concepts and so are dissected and debated frequently in the press, academic literature and across organisations. Google alone lists a staggering 122 million references to discussion of the elusive subject.

Thought leader
In the current swirl of buzzwords and hype around Web 2.0, Enterprise 2.0, and no doubt soon, Law Firm 2.0, perhaps we should reflect a little before hitching the wagons.
Many firms have been involved in structured knowledge initiatives since the mid 1980s, with the shoulders of several generations of people and technology so far being applied to the grindstone. These efforts have been to help their firms and lawyers be more ‘knowledge able’ – to be stronger competitors in implementing their business strategies.

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