KNOWLEDGE PROCESSING FOR INTEGRATED PM
Enterprises can be categorized into one of four stages of Knowledge Curation. There was a time when the knowledge curation capability was a limiting factor to Integrated PM performance. Knowledge Curation is the care and feeding of an organization’s critical knowledge.
Stage I: Low-tech, Low-curation : Characterized by artifacts such as ancient cave drawings, word-of-mouth stories, legends and music. Many of those forms of expression eventually evolved into written language recorded on parchment and bark. Stage I knowledge was closely held, and focused mostly on survival. Of course, you don’t dwell in caves, but many of our clients draw a comparison between their new current environment, and this past stage.
Stage II: Low-tech, High-curation : Began with the emergence of scrolls, followed by bound books, all hand-copied, and ended with the introduction of the printing press. Notable centers where the practice of curation was refined ran the gamut from the Library of Alexandria (300 to 30 B.C.E.) to the many monasteries dotting the Northern European countryside during the Middle Ages. Stage II ultimately ushered in a renaissance aof discovery, invention and the onset of the industrial age however slow and isolated this might have been.
Stage III: High-tech, Low-curation : From the introduction of the printing press to today, we’ve seen a gradual trend toward accelerating technology, while the noble art of curation has been quietly fading into the shadows. With the mass production and distribution of information now occurring at near zero cost, Stage III is entering its final throes. Many librarians and their related institutions, corporate libraries in particular, are being supplanted by server farms, search engines, and narrowly focused software applications.
Stage IV: High-tech, High-curation : Characterized by totally decentralized, peer-networked storage augmented by rapidly evolving machine intelligence. Advanced technologies extract deep meaning of large amounts of data and information. They accurately organize operation’s content into proper contextual categories, to analyze inter-relationships and project behavior correlations.