Knowledge Organisation


Kim H. Veltman

"New Ways of Scholarly Work in a Networked World"

Image, Text, Sound and Technology: A strategic research support program, University of Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 2004. (In press)


1. Introduction
2. Distributed Resources
i) Enduring Knowledge
ii) Sources
iii) New Evidence
3. Virtual Reference Rooms
i) Names
ii) Classifications
iii) Interpretations
4. Collaborative Research and Creativity
i) Communities
ii) Authors
5. Dynamic Knowledge
6. Ways of Knowing
7. Conclusions


Serious visions of networked knowledge have existed since the 1930s. The advent of inter-net-worked new media points to a shift from Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) to Universal Convergence Technologies (UCT). This shift is transforming both knowledge organization and the ways of scholarly working although the consequences of the shift will take decades and even centuries. This paper focuses on three areas of change. First, there is a shift from fixed repositories (as isolated laboratories, libraries, museums and archives) to distributed resources. This is transforming the way we link to sources, and increasing enormously the amount of enduring knowledge that is accessible. At the same time it is bringing enormous amounts of new evidence through both sensors and novel forms of personal and collaborative knowledge.

Second, along with these developments in connectivity to enduring and new knowledge, there are enormous developments in the methods whereby we access new knowledge. This is pointing to virtual reference rooms that will transform the ways we deal with names, with classification systems and with interpretations of knowledge. Third, there is a trend towards collaborative research and creativity, which is affecting definitions of authors and communities. This is also leading to dynamic forms of knowledge. More significantly it is confronting us with challenges of encoding and sharing different ways of knowing.

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