Re: New poll for sikmleaders - Create a wiki page? #wikis #poll

Andrew Gent <ajgent@...>

>> A new poll has been created for the sikmleaders group:

Hmm... unfortunately this poll doesn't really allow me to answer the question accurately. It is not a question of either/or.

  • Yes, I think we should contribute to the existing Wikipedia entries on topics related to KM.
  • No, I don't think we should enter all of the content we want to create into Wikipedia. It would be both inappropriate and not definitive enough for that much of an open audience.
  • Yes, I think there could be benefits to our creating our own wiki to develop other KM content.
When the wiki was first mentioned, I was not particularly fond of the idea. tehre seemed to be too much of the let's pool all of our knowledge into a definitive KM repository about the idea. Part of the reason I like the distribution list is because we can discuss things that we don't necessarily all agree with but we have sufficient experience and respect for each other that we can have an informed discussion about the details and alternatives. Sometimes we (or at least I) sit back and listen because I am not sure I agree, but I am interested in learning what others think.

If you then take that content and say "this is what we as the SI KM community think" to a larger audience, I may  be forced to come forward and state my objections. Or at least my doubts. Which would then tend to interrupt what I consider a very beneficial conversation.

That is not to say you can't also have active discussions within wikis. But that is not the best mechanism for back and forth.

So I guess what I am saying is this:

  • It is very important to me, as a member of SIKM, that we keep the discussion group for the discussions.
  • I also agree it would be useful (both to ourselves and others) if we, as Dave suggests, participate in the public articulation of the basic concepts of KM through the appropriate channels, most notably wikipedia.
  • I also think there could be uses for an SIKM wiki, assuming we start by agreeing, even loosely, to what the goals are for that wiki as distinct from the goals of the discussion and the public wikis.
Just as an example, an SIKM wiki might focus on how you can achieve the goals of KM (vs. the definition of what those goals are). I am not advocating that. I am just giving that as an example.

Andrew Gent
Knowledge Architect
Incredibly Dull

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