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Classification and visualization of knowledge; light from a forgotten past

This paper is based on an ongoing project to investigate how knowledge has been visualized in different times and places. Its focus is on how, over the fourth to the sixteenth centuries in Europe, literate societies used mental images to support memory in visualizing and classifying the knowledge embodied in texts, in order to make it part of their own knowledge store, to organize it for retrieval, and finally to create and communicate new knowledge.

In this paper I:

  • define information and knowledge and their visualization, and propose a model of their relationship and the processes involved;
  • identify critical stages in the interaction between humans and technologies to support these activities;
  • note close analogies between earlier practice and what would today be termed information design;
  • suggest the relevance of these ideas and practices to today’s problems of organizing and communicating knowledge, and propose some practical approaches to making use of them.
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New roles, new skills for the 2st century knowledge professional

In order to improve personal and organizational knowledge, people have to take time to make sense of the information torrent. If not, it remains merely information. Unfortunately, many of today’s knowledge workers don’t have the time, discipline or the essential skills to select, filter, evaluate and comprehend their multifarious information sources. This can lead to missed opportunities, poor decision-making and suboptimal performance. The 21st century knowledge worker needs to be confident and comfortable with using social technologies and engaging with communities and social learning networks to update his or her knowledge in order to remain relevant. This session explored some of the tools, skills and processes that can help with information sense-making, and looked at the emergent roles of the Community Manager and Digital Curator in delivering value to learning networks.

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