Jul 16

Rubbish Metadata

Metadata powers business intelligence. Patterns from metadata can be used to guide actions. Good metadata gives potential to good actions. Bad metadata is a waste of time. And when your customers have to navigate your rubbish metadata, you lose more than just business intelligence. 


Jul 13

ISKO UK: Knowledge Organisation and Social Impact

Here is the presentation I made today at ISKO UK Conference in London (by pre-recorded video as I damaged my ankle and couldn’t travel to it) on the topic “From cataloguers to designers: Paul Otlet, social impact and a more proactive role for knowledge organisation professionals”

The slides are here, and the supporting paper is here – revised version 27 July 2015.

Follow the tweet stream here.

Jun 24

IKO Conference Materials Online and Reflections on Conference Design

We have started posting the materials from the “Innovations in Knowledge Organisation” conference we organised last week. All the slides and notes are already posted, and we are now working our way through the videos. The video tutorials are posted already, the case studies will follow and then the keynotes.

We had great feedback on the interactive design of the conference, which you can pick up from the Conference Guide. There is nothing like leveraging the power of the participant knowledge and question-base to release knowledge sharing and show the power of KM. On that very topic, here’s a great post from Paul Corney on an Open Space Peer Assist he facilitated at the KM UK Conference the same week as IKO. What was particularly striking was the finding that only about 10% of his audience had actually used a Peer Assist in their organisations. Why is it so hard for KM professionals to practice what they preach?

Jun 12

IKO Conference - Conference Guide

Here is the pdf version of the full Conference Guide provided to participants. The guide contains the complete agenda, the speaker profiles, the content of the case study outlines, and the knowledge organisation competency framework. It was a great conference, thanks to all the speakers and participants for their wonderful participation!

Here’s some of the feedback we received:

“Interesting topics in diverse range of disciplines”
“Short sessions around the tables are very good =)”
“How wide the range of uses and applications of the technologies were. The application of search to Linked Data sets as well is going to provide a lot of food for thought.”
“I feel you guys fed us well. =) More chocolates on the table!”
“The conference has given me much insights to KO, for a newbie like myself. The taxonomy and ontology is very interesting.”
“Collected IDEAS that I’m likely to explore & recommend for implementation.”
“Very informative and interesting!”
“A good understanding of the processes and tools employed by other organisations to organise information.”
“I still have a lot to learn!!! The tutorials were helpful.”
“As a beginner I got a good overview of KM/KO and the jargon/common terms used. I learned some common pitfalls of KO and how I would avoid these in my future projects. The most useful takeaway is the poster and how to build taxonomy and of course the very enriching and engaging sharing of experience.”
“Understanding what has been done by other institutions. This has given me an idea of how I would adopt some of them for my institution.”
“Good overview of KM related topics and current trends and how to integrate these into more balanced and holistic approaches.”
“I’m very amazed”
“Well done. Keep it up!”
“Keep doing it. The conference will grow”

Jun 12

Knowledge Organisation Clinic Slides

Here are the slides from the Knowledge Organisation Clinic at the IKO Conference this week:

The topics and challenges identified at the end of Day 1, consolidated into ten topic areas
Reference slides on the standards process provided by Marjorie Hlava for her clinic session on Day 2

Jun 12

Case Studies from IKO Conference

Here are the pdfs from the 15 case studies presented at the IKO Conference this week. You’ll find the case outlines as well as the presenter slides, and any additional materials presented by the case presenters.

Agnes Molnar – Next generation SharePoint
Ahren Lehnert – Text mining and analytics
Charlie Hull – Implementing open source search
Dave Clarke – OASIS: deep image indexing
Elisa Erriquez & Jenni Wardell – Linked Data at the BBC
Maish Nichani – Designing a search based app
Marjorie Hlava – Quick start smart thesaurus
Nor Azlinayati – Padipedia: knowledgebase on padi production using semantic web technology
Eric Tsui – Hybrid folksonomy-taxonomy
Haliza Jailani – Enhanced search with entity recognition and Linked Data
Kia Siang Hock – Single OneSearch Service across libraries, archives and museums
Mark Glikson – Deploying a semantic operating system
Nor Azlinayati– KRSTE.my knowledgebase on science and technology using Linked Data and semantic search
Mark Garlinghouse – Integrating internal and external knowledge sources for an R&D function
Patrick Lambe & Loh Yu Gene – Graph database to build a knowledge mapping tool

Jun 12

Keynotes from IKO Conference

Here are the slides for the three keynotes at our IKO Conference this week. We will be producing video versions of these as well, but they’ll take a little longer.

Patrick Lambe – The New Frontier in Knowledge Organisation: integrating methods, technologies and standards to deliver extraordinary results
Charlie Hull – The Future of Search: fishing the streams of Big Data
Matt Moore – Competence and Knowledge Organisation

Jun 12

IKO Conference - Knowledge Organisation Tutorials

Here are the slides for the mini-tutorials in knowledge organisation from our “Innovations in Knowledge Organisation” Conference last week. The video versions will follow!

Taxonomies, ontologies and knowledge graphs – Patrick Lambe
Autoclassification and text analytics – Ahren Lehnert
Linked Data – Dave Clarke
Standards for taxonomies and Linked Data – Marjorie Hlava
No SQL and graph databases – Yu Gene Loh
Open source search – Charlie Hull
Search based applications – Agnes Molnar
Internet of Things – Maish Nichani

May 12

New Thoughtpiece: Where Did Knowledge Audits Come From?

In this thoughtpiece, from my forthcoming book Knowledge Audits and Knowledge Mapping (Oxford: Chandos, 2016) I trace the origins of knowledge audits in the communication audits of the 1950s. Knowing the history of knowledge audits gives us access to the incredibly rich set of tools and approaches developed by organisational communications scholars and practitioners after the Second World War (and also, incidentally, those developed to support information audits in the 1980s and 1990s). The article also gives a framework for identifying different types of knowledge audits for different purposes. Feedback welcome!

Mar 23

Rest in Peace Mr Lee Kuan Yew

We offer our condolences to the family of Mr Lee Kuan Yew on his passing today. Straits Knowledge was founded after Mr Lee had stepped down as Prime Minister. However we are keenly aware that who we are, what we do, and the unique opportunities we have had to work and learn and develop in the past thirteen years, would not have been possible without Mr Lee’s extraordinary drive, determination, vision, and his ability to harness the energy of other talented people. Rest in Peace and thank you for your service to Singapore.

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