16 U.S. government agencies flunk computer security. Network World Fusion reports: “In a scathing report released Friday, the U.S. congressional Subcommittee on Government Efficiency, Financial Management and Intergovermental Relations flunked 16 federal agencies on their computer security efforts, while giving barely passing grades to a host of other agencies.”… [Meerkat: An Open Wire Service]
Information Architecture. Are Information Architects interested in architecture? [Mark Bernstein]
K-Logs and Continuous Education: Ok, I stretched my mind a little into the future on this post. It deals with how I think K-Logs could be used to provide people with a continuous learning process after they leave school. As background, I posted a link recently to an article by Peter Drucker that talked about how we are… Continue reading K-Logs and Continuous Education: Ok, I stretched my mind a little into the future on this post. It deals with how I think K-Logs could be used to provide people with a continuous learning process after they leave school.
As background, I posted a link recently to an article by Peter Drucker that talked about how we are moving to a highly competitive knowledge society. Education, in order to better serve the needs of this society, must adapt. How? It must help people create and maintain a continuous learning cycle. Knowledge goes stale over time and knowledge workers, in order to continue to be productive at their jobs, need to constantly improve their domain expertise.
This is something K-Logs can help with. Most people, when they leave school, take nothing with them besides what is between their ears and a few text books that are quickly put out of date. Our current system forces people to go back to a classroom setting to rejuvenate their knowledge set. Most people can't afford this. Particularly given Drucker's predictions of the level of market competition there will be.
If students were required to build and maintain a K-Log during their years of residence at school, they would leave with: 1) a strong habit of continuous analysis and writing, 2) subscriptions to data streams (articles, documents, and other relevant data — both free and for fee $$), 3) living connections to teachers and students they met, and 4) a chronicle of their learning process at school.
From the school's perspective, K-Logs could improve the economics of the relationship. It could charge its students for RSS subscriptions to the Weblogs of teachers at the school (a continuous stream of insight provided by teachers that are constantly reading and analyzing the newest information available in the field of study) and other data streams. It would also create a new channel for relationships with alumni that would provide a backchannel for insight on how knowledge they are learning in school is being applied in the real world. Finally, it puts a whole new spin on what it means by going to a school — in this new world you just don't attend, rather you “join” the schools knowledge sharing community.
From the student's perspective, he/she could claim not only having attended a good school but also that they are continuously connected to that school's knowledge stream/system. Would that be a benefit in a job interview? You bet. I always want to hire people that are always at the top of their game. Also, a well maintained K-Log would provide potential job seekers with a living, breathing resume about what they have learned. In a job interview, people often ask about the details of specific things people have learned or done. It would be much more valuable to read about the experience in a K-Log (you can use categories to limit access to K-Log data).
Here is a final thought: When I worked at Forrester (I was the senior Internet analyst at Forrester between 95-97), I sat next to George Colony
Where to Begin Fixing Your Site. You've been operating an online business for a while. You're not seeing the results you had expected. If you don't have the ability, the time, or the knowledge to do a thorough self-assessment and find out what needs to be improved, then there's a site that can help. [Meerkat:… Continue reading Where to Begin Fixing Your Site
David Winer: Joe Mahoney writes to say that Kmeleon is “the Netscape 6 rendering engine in a very IE like shell. It loads pretty quickly, and renders all the sites I've seen really well. . . . Most importantly it hasn't crashed, unlike Netscape or Mozilla.” I didn't know that. Good idea! [Scripting News]
Robert Scoble: Congratulations to Fawcette Technical Publications (I used to work there). I just got my .NET magazine and I like it. It's very nice. You can get a free copy on the Web site. Yeah, I wish I were going to New Orleans for this month's Web Builder conference that I helped plan too,… Continue reading .NET magazine
Don Box has told friends and folks he works with that he's leaving Developmentor (he was one of the founders of Developmentor and is the most visible person there since Don is well known in the programming industry). The news that Box is leaving Developmentor rippled through the training industry this week since Developmentor is… Continue reading Don Box
The New Paradigm: Back to Basics. After the dot.com shakeout, online businesses old and new are rethinking their strategies. The old rules still apply in this new world of the Net. By Ken Hablow. [WebReference News]
How non-programmers use documentation.. Here are some observations about what would make documentation friendly for non-programmers. [Advogato]
K-Log Community Cloud Services — How to build a knowledge network: There are many ways to provide community functionality to K-Loggers inside a corporation. No one technique is best, but in combination they provide a good way to find useful content and bright people. Here is an overview of community info that provides the basis for… Continue reading K-Log Community Cloud Services — How to build a knowledge network: There are many ways to provide community functionality to K-Loggers inside a corporation. No one technique is best, but in combination they provide a good way to find useful content and bright people. Here is an overview of community info that provides the basis for a corporate knowledge network (not in order of priority):
1) K-Log referrers (referers for techies). Who linked to my K-Log? Where is my traffic coming from?
2) Page views. How much traffic is my K-Log getting and when is it getting it?
3) Top 100 list. Who is has the most interesting K-logs? Who is a trusted resource? (note: Despite the potential problems, this is key to the identification of good resources. Also, it points people to examples of good K-Logs they can emulate.)
4) Most popular links. Which links are the most popular? What are other people in the company looking at? (note: this should include the time line for who posted this link first and so on until the last post. This allows people to follow a thread of an idea across K-Logs)
5) Recent Updates. Which K-logs have been recently updated and when? (note: if a favorites feature is deployed you can answer — which of my favorite K-logs have been recently updated?)
6) Search. How can I find recently updated K-logs that contain this keyword? What are the most popular search terms?
Additionally community functionality that may help, but I have not seen deployed yet:
7) Organizational directory of K-logs. Who in the organization has a K-log? When was it last updated?
8) K-log communities. Which K-logs routinely link to each other (usually using a static blogrolling list)? (note: this would make a nice affiliation map that could work better and more simply than collaborative filtering).
9) Key word maps. Which K-logs are most tightly associated with certain keywords? How do they rank based on popularity? (note: this could help locate key domain experts)
10) Most often cited K-logs by specific K-log. Who are certain K-Loggers pointing to on a regular basis? (note: this may be esoteric but it answers the question: who are smart people I have identified pointing to?)
11) Project-based K-Log rings. Which K-Logs are affiliated with specific projects? How is a specific project progressing? (note: this is similar to the organization map, but can be set-up to allow ad-hoc groups to be set up)
There are many more. But these should get you started. A good K-Log cloud server will have support for most of the core functionality and the ability to program additional Knowledge network functionality as needed (UserLand has built one for Radio). Once a good source is found, a subscription to it will cement the relationship (UserLand's Radio has an RSS subscription capability built-in). [John Robb's Radio Weblog