KMEF Community Wiki

This KMEFCommunity Wiki is an integral part of the community's Collaborative Work Environment ("CWE"). The wiki is intended for use by trusted team and members of the community for collaborative documentation. What we have here is a read-and-write web, as opposed to the traditional read-only web sites. It is a collaborative authoring tool. You can also treat it like the restaurant napkin that you sketch on, to share ideas with people sitting around the table. Except, this time, the wiki is you napkin, and the people you are sharing your ideas with can be all around the world, sitting in front of their computing device connected to the Internet; and they don't even necessarily have to be there at the same time you are sketching.

Welcome - Knowledge Management Education Forum

Welcome to the second annual Knowledge Management Education Forum (KMEF 2012). KMEF is an on-going, annual dialog hosted by Kent State University and George Washington University. We invite and welcome your participation and collaboration in this endeavor to identify and grow consensus on the knowledge management body of knowledge, competencies, roles and educational curriculum. KMEF is an open community. No qualifications or credentials are required to participate. The only requirement is an interest and willingness to contribute to advancing our goals.

The case for consensus

The Forum was first held in 2011. The forum was well attended and supported. It was clear from KMEF participants that there is a common goal within the community – to establish knowledge management as a profession and a formal area of practice. The KMEF community also believes that a formal and open discussion among the community is required to achieve these goals. While there is a wealth of published and informal literature, thought derived from practice, and dialog on these topics, a consensus on what constitutes the core elements of knowledge management competencies and education is lacking.

Consensus is critical to establishing a profession. A consensus is needed among those who are currently providing training, teaching knowledge management courses, hiring knowledge management professionals, and leading knowledge management programs and departments. This consensus needs to be informed and supported by knowledge professionals who are currently working in knowledge roles today. In addition, as with all professional domains, the knowledge management domain needs to be continuously reviewed and refreshed by professional educators and working professionals.

Deriving a consensus on these issues for such a broad and dynamic field is not an easy task. We are at a critical juncture in the evolution of this young profession and this emerging domain. A consensus will not be achieved in one month or six months, only over time and as the profession evolves.

Continuing and expanding the dialog

The goal of the KM Education Forum is to create an environment in which this consensus can evolve. It aims to bring together the whole knowledge management community -- practitioners, educators, business leaders, and workforce – to create this consensus. In 2011, KMEF achieved its goal of creating an open environment and launching the dialog. KMEF 2011 produced an open Communiqué and launched three Communities of Practice (CoP) that carried the dialog forward. The three CoPs produced new ideas and recommendations. This work is the focus of KMEF 2012.

If you missed KMEF 2011, you can listen to the webinars (http://kmef.iwiki.kent.edu/KMEF+Webinars) and view the on-site event videos (http://kmef.iwiki.kent.edu/KMEF+On+Site+Event). If you’re new to KMEF 2012 we recommend that you view the webinars and the videos to better understand where we are today.

2012 Forum overview

KMEF 2012 continues the dialog with seven Webinars and a two-day, on-site working meeting at George Washington University.

(1) Webinars. The full schedule of Webinars is available on this wiki. Annie Green and Denise Bedford will kick off the webinars with a general review of progress since the 2011 Communiqué. As a clear indication of progress, this year the Communities of Practice will lead the dialog. The Curriculum Community of Practice will set the stage by reporting on the current state of knowledge management education and training, and make a case for change. The Roles and Competencies Community of Practice will report on their work, including a significant new survey of business and industry roles and functions. A joint panel will then discuss how to align education programs with the needs of business and industry, and how to best affect change in an academic setting. The Credentialing Community of Practice will lead a discussion of how the reference model supported in 2011 might support the needs of business and academia.

(2) On-Site Event. The Communities of Practice will continue their work at the two-day on-site event, and begin to build a holistic reference model for knowledge management education. At the conclusion of the on-site event, the Forum members will recommend next steps for the remainder of the year.

(3) Continued Dialog and Engagement. Next steps will include ways to build consensus for the reference model, strategies for implementing the model in academia, and new opportunities for strengthening partnerships among industry, academia and the workforce.

A continuous goal of the Knowledge Management Education Forum is the community expansion and nourishment. New members are encouraged to join the effort at any point in the process, to bring new ideas to the table, and to contribute in any way they wish to help us achieve our goals.

Getting Started

The Wiki Main Page, a link to which can be found under the "navigation" block (on your left) would generally be the first place to go. Click on the KSU Logo (upper left of any page) should get you to the Main Page too. Well designed wiki's should provide further links to appropriate content from that page.
Viewing of wiki content can be done with almost any web browser (no password is needed for "open" wiki's (which is the mode this wiki is working in); username/password will be needed for "community only" wiki's (where applicable).
To write-to (edit content of) the wiki, one will need to "Log in" (see: upper right corner). First time users should create an account if you have not already done so, with a user name for yourself (like "Jane Doe" or "Abraham Lincoln" before you proceed with a wiki authoring/editing session. Please use your real name, as that would allow contributions to be properly attributed to you. You will need to use a password (even if it's simple) so that your identity does not get spoofed too easily. Note that an email verification is needed for your new account to take effect. First time users could read more about wiki's (say, at:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wiki).
Editing of any wiki page can be done (after one has logged in) by loading that page on your browser, and then click on the "Edit" tab at the top of a page. Do your edits in the editing dialog box. One may click on the "Show preview" button to see how the new edits look like. When you are satisfied with the edit, please click on the "Save page" button to update the page.

Participation & Membership

This is an OPEN, virtual Community of Practice, operated by the community itself. Anyone who would want to participate and contribute in accordance with this CoP's charter, and consents to abide by its IPR policy and other by-laws which the community shall set-forth, is welcomed to join. To date, there is no fee or cost to participate, except that members are expected to be team players and contribute to our mission as much as, and in whatever way they can.

All members should use their real names when transacting in the community's collaborative work environment (CWE).

All pages of the KMEF wiki are readable by everyone, but if you would like to participate in discussions and edit pages, especially for any CoPs you may be part of, you will want to click on the 'Join this Wiki' option at the sidebar, below the logo. The wiki will prompt you with a few cells to complete. Fill in the request and within 24 hours you will be approved to edit.

Contribution Policy - unless specifically requested/solicited by other community member(s), please make sure any commercial- or self-promotion material or reference are strictly limited to one's namesake page or a short signature block, and nowhere else as far as our open collaborative work environment is concerned. The co-conveners reserve the right to relocate or remove such material from within the CWE, if deemed inappropriately done, to the extent that it affects the neutrality and commercial free work environment that this CWE is set out to be.

Communities of Practice & Projects
  • Each Community of Practice has a workspace created for them with a link to it placed on the left side navigation. If you are a member or a particular CoP or would like to become one please continue on to there and become a member by editing the wiki.

Discussion Forum / Mailing Lists Archives / File-Sharing Workspace / Document Repository
  • The listserv for KMEF is kmef@listserv.kent.edu. You must be a member to email the listserv.
  • Each wiki page has a discussion tab at the top if you would like to comment on any activities that page contains, especially the webinar session pages.
  • The wiki also serves as a file storage and sharing platform, options for linking files will be available to members of the wiki. To add a file to a wiki simply use the 'file' button at the top when in edit mode.

IPR Policy
Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Policy - All contribution to this collaborative work environment (cwe) shall be deemed to have been made under an open content license, open publication license or one of the free software or open source licenses. (See also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/free_content)
  • unless otherwise specified, content within this collaborative work environment shall be subject to the (cc) Creative Commons license(s), where the Attribution only "cc-by-3.0" license arrangement shall apply as a default, with the rights attributable to the author(s) making the respective contribution(s), and to the owner of this cwe.
  • see: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
  • those who are unable to contribute under the above licensing arrangements should refrain from contributing to the cwe content.