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Knowledge Storage These technologies and tools contribute to the effective codification, storage and archiving of knowledge while

also focusing attention on another important aspect in the Knowledge management process such as the quality, quantity, accessibility and representation of the knowledge being stored. Knowledge Storage

Data warehouses are the main component of KM infrastructure. Organizations store data in a number of databases. The data warehousing process extracts data captured by multiple business applications and organizes it in a way that provides meaningful knowledge to the business, which can be accessed for future reference. Knowledge warehouses store the knowledge generated from a wide range of databases including: data warehouses, work processes, news articles, external databases, web pages and people (documents, etc.). Data marts represent specific database systems on a much smaller scale representing a structured, searchable database system, which is organised according to the user’s needs. Data repository is a database used primarily as an information storage facility, with minimal analysis or querying functionality. Content and Document Management Systems represent the convergence of full-text retrieval, document management, and publishing applications. Content management tools enable users to organize information at an object level rather than in large binary objects or full documents.

it contains intelligent agent software to identify and automatically distribute information and knowledge effectively to knowledge workers based on knowledge profiling. the following communication and collaboration functions could be performed: ▪ Shared vision and mission ▪ Specific team objectives ▪ Knowledge Plan ▪ Team members roles and responsibilities ▪ Team contract ▪ Best Knowledge Bases or Banks ▪ Expert locator ▪ Task management ▪ Shared Calendar management ▪ Meeting management ▪ Document libraries ▪ Discussion forums ▪ Centralised email ▪ Capturing of new learnings and ideas ▪ Peer reviews. it contains within it software technologies to. more simplified way of navigating towards the desired information. after action reviews ▪ New knowledge nominations ▪ Urgent requests Within the knowledge portal. ▪ Collaborative workspaces Within the knowledge portal. at least. However a ‘knowledge portal’ is far more than an information portal because. An information portal is often described as a gateway to information to enable the user to have one. as well as information navigation and access. each knowledge worker can update and maintain a personal ‘knowledge profile’ which identifies his/her specific knowledge needs. areas of interest and frequency of distribution. it is very useful to have a facility and underlying process to enter any ‘Urgent Request’ into the portal and receive back any responses from across the organisation. ▪ Knowledge Profiles Within the knowledge portal. shared work spaces can be set up for each new team or project.KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT TECHNOLOGIES ▪ Knowledge Portal There is often confusion between the terms ‘information portal’ and ‘knowledge portal’. Within the shared and collaborative workspace. These will become knowledge repositories from which new knowledge will be distilled regularly and systematically and shared across other teams in the organisation. Rather than needing to know ‘who might know’ the request is entered blindly and responses will be made if it is known in the organisation and people are willing to . learning reviews. at least. Furthermore. support the processes of virtual team communication and collaboration and software technologies to support the 9 step process of managing knowledge.

The key components of a generic knowledge server are: ▪ a knowledge portal interface designed around a knowledge asset schema (see KM consulting section) as a gateway to user access. Many organisations now employ an Electronic Document and Records Management System (EDRMS) for this requirements but the integration of the EDRMS with all other relevant information and knowledge sources is imperative. reusing. measuring and optimising the use of the organisational knowledge assets. ▪ Document Libraries The document library is typically the location where all documents are stored. ▪ Knowledge Server and services In order to foster knowledge networking across the entire organisation and support knowledge processes for creating. there needs to be a Knowledge Base. file servers. The library should be context relative and allow the ease of control over any document type. internet/intranet services Knowledge Bases (Banks) For each key knowledge area identified. leveraging. creation and sharing of knowledge between them The centralised knowledge server will manage the processes and knowledge services that generate and disseminate knowledge and respond to this activity. A Knowledge Base contains: . This is a very effective way of better leveraging the knowledge across the organisation. security and applications ▪ Knowledge banks ▪ Advanced search capabilities ▪ collaboration services ▪ search and discovery services ▪ publishing services based on user knowledge needs and knowledge profiling ▪ a knowledge map (taxonomy) ▪ knowledge repository for information and process management ▪ Text summarising and conceptualising ▪ Intelligent agentware ▪ an Intranet infrastructure for integrated email. a centralised knowledge server is required that will: ▪ manage the communications and collaboration between networks of people ▪ enable the access. retaining.

video. audio ▪ embedded communications theory (eg storytelling) ▪ KM processes to: ▪ critically review knowledge nominations and turn them into improved knowledge ▪ automatically find and publish knowledge to users according to users knowledge profiles ▪ transfer knowledge effectively .▪ both structured and unstructured discussion forums ▪ rich ‘knowledge objects’ that have been designed for the efficient and effective transfer of knowledge using multimedia.