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Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Knowledge Management Applications in Multifaith & / or Multicultural Transactions

Since a couple of years I have been building a webliography on Knowledge Management: Society / Community Wise.
This is a handy list of KM resources on social and humanities connection; it looks beyond corporate intellectual capital management space…; and tries to search for total-solutions that can be applied as best practices in everyday life.
Today, I received a message in my other blog, by Joel C. Yuvienco, who brought attention to his excellent research article, viz., "Knowledge Management of Folk Knowledge: Harnessing the Power of Social Software Applications." Who Cites Joel

I googled, to find if there are any Knowledge Management (KM) applications in the Web for Multifaith & / or Multicultural Transactions. I did not find any!!! May be I did not reach the deep Web.

Whereas, I did find in Joel's article, some useful applications, with both generic and specific approaches. I am sure this article will be a harbinger and hopefully lead to focused KM applications for cultural, religious, and spiritual areas of human concern.

However, googling for KM resources in Multifaith & / or Multicultural areas brought out some interesting citations (relatively speaking), including the following:
  • User profiling on the Web based on deep knowledge and sequential questioning, by Silvano Mussi, Expert Systems, Volume 23 Page 21 - February 2006 [fulltext, free content, courtesy: Blackwell Synergy]

  • Capturing Interest Through Inference and Visualization: Ontological User Profiling in Recommender Systems, by Middleton, S. E., et al., In Proceedings of K-CAP2003, Sundial Beach Resort, Sanibel Island, Florida, USA. (2003) [fulltext, free content, courtesy Eprints]

    Tools for filtering the World Wide Web exist, but they are hampered by the difficulty of capturing user preferences in such a diverse and dynamic environment. Recommender systems help where explicit search queries are not available or are difficult to formulate, learning the type of thing users like over a period of time.
    We explore an ontological approach to user profiling in the context of a recommender system. Building on previous work involving ontological profile inference and the use of external ontologies to overcome the cold-start problem, we explore the idea of profile visualization to capture further knowledge about user interests. Our system, called Foxtrot, examines the problem of recommending on-line research papers to academic researchers. Both our ontological approach to user profiling and our visualization of user profiles are novel ideas to recommender systems. A year long experiment is conducted with over 200 staff and students at the University of Southampton. The effectiveness of visualizing profiles and eliciting profile feedback is measured, as is the overall effectiveness of the recommender system.

  • Indigenous Knowledge: Making it personal, by Racelle Kooy
    Extract: In my experience, Indigenous Knowledge and spirituality are one and the same, or at the very least enmeshed. I consider spirituality as the most sensitive area of IK. This is where the sacred and secret meet. The spiritual aspect of Indigenous Knowledge is literally about the beginning (cosmology) and the end (life after death)
  • tacit vs. explicit theories: the impact on our thinking and 'theorizing', Mentor's infosophy: socio-technological rendering of information details
  • BRICKS - Building resources for Integrated Cultural Knowledge Services
    The BRICKS Community is the aggregation of a large community of users, composed of content providers, art professionals, and art researchers, as well as students, citizens, tourists, etc. in order to build a consensus, sharing knowledge and service on Digital Content.
  • Come Xplore - Complore is a Social Research Collaboration Tool to connect the researchers in diverse fields around the world
  • Reporting Private and Public Religion, Joyce Smith, 2000
  • Multicultural Knowledge Management
  • Google: "Managing "indigenous Knowledge"

  • Looking in Google, for the above resources, was with the intention of getting the whole picture. KM Best practices on the whole, include, software, middleware and mindmaps, as well as, ontologies, taxonomies, etc. These perspectives will facilitate in bringing a holistic approaches in building both the necessary infrastructure and infostructure. My work, herein, is simply based on the professions' call to look, find and capture so that knowledge may be shared among all the concerned. Hopefully, we can attempt to reduce the digital divide in today's information society.

    What sort of taxonomy will help this type of KM?
    Consider the options:
    a) A few bloggers are busy around the globe with Intercultural Knowledge Management
    b) Tags that help in Jots - km

    A course for the information professionals at DRTC Banglore, in collaboration with Indo-German eGurukul on Digital Libraries

    1. Ontologies, Classification
    2. Controlled Vocabulary
    3. Indexing and Searching
    4. Semantic web technology

    A journal from a related field viz., Information for Social Change

    A new book has a chapter, Globalization, internationalization, and indigenization of pastoral care and counseling by Emmanuel Y. Lartey. See all the contents:
    A time of ferment and redefinition / Nancy J. Ramsay -- Pastoral theology as public theology : revolutions in the "fourth area" / Bonnie J. Miller-McLemore -- Power and difference in pastoral theology / Christie Cozad Neuger -- Globalization, internationalization, and indigenization of pastoral care and counseling / Emmanuel Y. Lartey -- Ferment and imagination in training in clinical ministry / Loren L. Townsend -- Methods in pastoral theology, care, and counseling / Joretta L. Marshall -- Contemporary pastoral theology : a wider vision for the practice of love / Nancy J. Ramsay. See the book details at Amazon

    Another book, published in 2005, is also relevant. Reclaiming Culture: Indigenous People and Self Representation, by Joy Hendry (Palgrave Macmillan). The contents of the book are: 1 Museums are transformed; Aboriginal tourism and that elusive authenticity; Indigenous or alter-native forms of cultural display; Language and formal cultural education; Arts, architecture, and native creativity; Land claims, archaeology, and new communities; International links, cultural exchange, and personal identity; Conclusions : what we can learn [Details:]

    P.S.Dear ALL: This is a friendly call to the KM gurus, guys and knowledge workers, and the Digital Natives: Just-in-case you know or have come across some reference, institution or research project in the above discussed area, please email it to me. I will cite you as the source of that information. I am sure that bloggers / blog-graphers at the KnowledgeBoard will get this message. Trusting to hear from you immediately. THANKS.


    joelogs said...

    I am awed by the depth and breadth of your influence. BTW now I understand why it makes more sense to call it sync than timing for one to make a difference.

    Thanks for the pitch. I am looking forward to seeing KM efforts like this picked up and taken to the next level from the grassroots.

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    About Motivation Books? I did not get your question?

    In case there is any technical difficulty in you leaving a comment, I apologize. I say this because, I noticed you repeated the word motivation in two comments. Motivation books in another. That's, it?

    Will you please clarify. Were you trying to push an ad for the books. Why is the message incomplete?

    If this is a sales pitch (not my guess, but comes from a comment in your blog), please don't do this.

    I have two more comments from you. I will add these, ONLY if you clarify.
    Best, Mohamed

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