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Perspective on knowledge: The good, the bad, the networked

Most would agree that their perception of the Net, along with the general public's, is far darker than it was even just a few years ago. Posted May 01, 2018

Machine Learning Challenges will be Explored in Data Summit 2018 Keynote

Data Summit will take place May 22-23, at the Hyatt Regency Boston, and the Cognitive Computing Summit will be co-located at the event Posted March 30, 2018

Perspective on knowledge: Knowledge is a tool

There's some knowledge you know you need, but there's far more knowledge you don't know you'll need. Posted March 08, 2018

Perspective on knowledge: The search for explanations

We got to here-wherever we are-because of innumerable things that happened and a larger number of things that did not. Posted January 22, 2018

Perspective on knowledge: Local values of a global net

Even in regressive regimes that block sites and ideas, Internet apps are implicitly showing people the value of the free—or at least relatively free—flow of information. Posted October 30, 2017

Perspective on knowledge: Representing the world

The rejection of representationalism is being hastened by the rise of new technology— machine learning—that is refuting some of our old common-sense ideas. Posted September 14, 2017

Perspective on knowledge: The future of predictability

We believe the future is determined by a set of scientific rules operating on a set of data too vast to be perfectly comprehended. Posted July 03, 2017

Perspective on knowledge: The news is no more

By now I assume we're all tired not only of hearing fake news, but also of hearing about fake news. We've seen how it arises and spreads due to flaws in the structure of the Internet. We've heard lots of proposals for how to fix the problem, most of them implausible. Posted April 29, 2017

Perspective on knowledge: The social life of info

The knowledge that lets a business succeed exists in the minds, hands and conversations of the people doing the job Posted March 31, 2017

Perspective on knowledge: Reclaiming our attention

The Internet is the perfection of the art—and now science—of attention capture and monetization.
The space is polluted, but it's also far vaster than any attentional space we've ever had.
Posted March 01, 2017

Perspective on Knowledge: Humor and truth

I've spent all day counting and can report that there are approximately one million different explanations of what makes something funny, possibly because there are lots of different ways things can be funny. Posted December 30, 2016

Perspective on Knowledge: Data and sense

Data has become a property of the world like its sounds or smells. It is being gathered raw in many cases. Posted October 30, 2016

Perspective on knowledge: When we don’t want to know

For credit scores, FICO carefully assembles models that would make sense to a human and that exclude proxies for protected classes. Posted October 01, 2016

Perspective on knowledge: Pokémon GO is our future

We don't know what people will build because they haven't built it yet. But they will. Posted September 01, 2016

Perspective on knowledge: What works is how things work

What we build is based on what we've already understood about how the world works. Posted July 01, 2016

Perspective on knowledge: Is the Internet making us stupid?

You with the Internet is much smarter than you without the Internet. Posted May 31, 2016

Perspective on knowledge: Re-decentralize knowledge

It's a grand decentralized Web except for the commercial entities that exert tremendous power over what we see of it. Posted April 29, 2016

Perspective on knowledge: Extending the mind

We think out in the world with tools. This is distinctive of our species and helps to explain our evolutionary advantages ... Only humans (as far as we know) use tools to think. Posted March 31, 2016

Perspective on knowledge: The good old days of news

Now that we are deep into the backlash against the Internet, let's pile on by reminiscing about the Good Old Days of knowledge before the Net. Shall we? We shall, taking the news as our example! Posted March 01, 2016

Perspective on knowledge: Justifying knowledge

Note that the knowledge that Plato and Socrates are talking about ... is knowledge that leads to right action. Posted January 31, 2016

Perspective on Knowledge: The we of knowledge

This column marks a turning point: Hugh McKellar, who has edited this column from its beginning, is retiring. Hugh is a superb editor and a warm, supportive friend. I will miss my monthly interaction with him, and KMWorld will miss his clear eye and his constant focus on what matters. Thank you, Hugh. We will stay in touch. Posted December 30, 2015

Perspective on knowledge: What’s greater than knowledge?

I've long been irked by the Data-Information-Knowledge-Wisdom pyramid that is so often casually embraced as if its truth were obvious. I disagree with its implication that knowledge is a filtering down of information. Posted October 29, 2015

Perspective on knowledge:
Seeing past your glasses

A bubble is really just a coherent set of beliefs. Beliefs need coherence or they're not beliefs. They literally make no sense. I could not believe that flowers are beautiful because their DNA has evolved to attract insects unless I also believed in DNA, natural selection, insect-based pollination and the results obtained through scientific research and equipment. Posted October 01, 2015

Perspective on knowledge: Sympathetic Knowledge

All reading starts off sympathetic. If you're reading what someone wrote, it's because you want to understand what she means. That's an act of sympathy right there. Posted September 01, 2015

Dissolution of metadata

The idea of metadata used to be easy. It was a type of shadow object that trailed the "real" object of which it was the metadata. Getting right which information to put into that shadow object wasn't easy, but the concept itself was clean, clear and usually rectangular. Posted July 03, 2015

Technology affects us

The term "technodeterminism," like "utopian" or "wild-eyed socialist," is rarely used by the people to refer to themselves. But I'm willing to accept the characterization … so long as I then get to claim a moderate form of it. Posted May 28, 2015

Algorithmic prediction

If you want to know what a particular pattern will be after a hundred iterations, you'll have to do the hundred iterations. You can use a computer to do this and it will spit out the answer, but it too has to step through the algorithm a hundred times. Posted April 28, 2015

Interrupting thought

Sometimes these days when we talk about "going meta" about a topic, we mean what we used to call "being reflective" about it. Both ways of talking imply the value of interrupting the normal course of thought and taking a step back. Posted March 31, 2015

The end of headlines?

It can take a while to realize that is a news aggregator without headlines. It turns out that headlines were yet another bad bad choice imposed on us by the limitations of paper. Posted March 01, 2015

Markets and networks

Airlines have strong incentives to make normal travel hell. That's the argument Tim Wu makes in a post on The New Yorker site Dec 26 ("Why Airlines Want to Make You Suffer," .) He's right not only about airlines but also about the Internet, and about knowledge. Posted January 30, 2015

Digital meta-literacy

"Meta" sounds like you're going up, but in fact it means going down: looking underneath beliefs and the evidence for those beliefs to see the assumed context, values and processes that make them seem credible. That's why it's good to go meta. In fact, the pursuit of truth—on or off the Net—almost always leads to the meta. Posted December 31, 2014

Minds need hands

The example I know best is the Berkman Center for Internet & Society. It's a university research center, so you'd assume it's very thinky. And it is. But from its inception, it's had a commitment not only to research but also to building software. For a university research center, that's just weird. But, it turns out, wonderful. Posted October 29, 2014

The MVP process then and now

The MVP process strikes us as attractive not only because bits make it feasible, but also because we've come to believe that a technology that isn't changing every six months is failing. Yet, in the almost 20 years it took Ford to introduce a new model, 15 million Model T's had been sold. And during that entire stretch, never once did Henry Ford put on a black turtleneck and tease an audience with what would be new next month. Posted September 29, 2014

Amazon vs. The Librarians! The Fight of the Century!

But many of us believe—I do—that we have a cultural and societal interest in expanding our horizons. A librarian is likely to help us to that end. Posted September 01, 2014

The right to be forgotten

I understand why the top European court has insisted that Google remove links upon request. We'd all like some things on the Web to be forgotten. There are a few things I myself wouldn't mind having removed.... Posted July 03, 2014

Thingy words

If you use the word "content" to talk about stuff on the Web, my friend Doc Searls is likely to give you a stiff talking-to. People don't write content. They write articles, poems, songs, etc. Posted May 28, 2014

Just enough over my head

For being over your head to work, you have to be just enough over your head. Too far and you can't understand enough of what people are saying to make sense of it. Posted April 29, 2014

The future of books

Twice in the past two weeks I've felt compelled to say that I think books have no future.... Posted March 31, 2014

Moving beyond credentials

Expertise now extends beyond the individual experts. It occurs within networks of conversation. Networked expertise enables us to extend knowledge far beyond the brains and books of individuals.... Posted March 01, 2014

Hogwash or science—Tags are messy and useful

Tags work, but imperfectly, which is how anything that works works. Posted January 31, 2014

Unexpected expertise

We're now seeing social media in which thousands may participate, and millions may audit with the option of jumping in. Posted December 31, 2013

Bad comments are your fault

Let me put this more bluntly: If the comments on your site's content are broken, it's your fault... Posted October 29, 2013

The history of technology

The history of technology is not just the history of technology. It takes more than technology to explain technology. Posted September 29, 2013

What the Web hides from us

The Net hides our physical being. Online all we get are some words or images. Worse, frequently those words and images have no context beyond themselves. When you are with someone in physical space, you cannot avoid the fact that the person is a complete being who is literally coming from somewhere and will be going somewhere else. Posted September 01, 2013

A limit to business intelligence?

The extent to which businesses protect their data assets is the extent to which business is limiting its own intelligence. Posted July 05, 2013


"...a technodeterminist—someone who believes that the Internet has its effects independent of our action and behavior. " Posted May 28, 2013

The failure to attribute

"We quote phrases and the like because we value them, whereas the name of the author almost always has no value to us." Posted April 29, 2013

The efficiency of partisan news

If we take understanding as a tool used for a purpose, it becomes a wildly inefficient tool if we have to go back to first principles in order to understand anything. Posted March 31, 2013

Academic writing

"But knowledge isn't a big pile of facts..." Posted March 01, 2013

KM Asia: The top 10 takeaways

"A KM challenge today is dealing with volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity." Posted March 01, 2013

Progress and knowledge

"We're discovering the power of iteration at scale—many hands making many small tweaks can accomplish knowledge tasks that the old methodology would never even have attempted..." Posted January 31, 2013

The knowledge platform

Knowledge is itself a sort of platform. It has no value by itself. It has tremendous value when put to use. Knowledge is a platform for decisions, for innovation and for community. Posted December 31, 2012

David Weinberger keynote address at KMWorld 2012: facilitating knowledge sharing

Knowledge as we've known it for 100 years has been knocked over by little hyperlinks, says David Weinberger, a senior researcher at Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet & Society and co-director of the Harvard Library Innovation Lab. In his keynote address at KMWorld 2012, Weinberger explores the new boundaries of knowledge management. Posted November 15, 2012

Understanding big data vs. theory

The problem is that knowledge often outpaces understanding. In the Age of the Net, if we want our knowledge to get very very big, knowledge is going to blow far past our understanding, and we aren't going to be able to afford to wait around for understanding to catch up. Posted October 30, 2012

Your business needs scholars

"These experts within your business show all the signs of scholarship, except that scholarly papers are not their ultimate output..." Posted September 29, 2012

How meaning stuck ...

Attempts to permanently fix meanings to things, and attempts to identify knowledge as if it were valuable free of your context and projects, are misguided. Posted September 01, 2012

Interoperability as a worldview

Usually when you hear someone use the word "interoperability," you should prepare to be pulled into a discussion about highly technical issues about the protocols by which electronic systems communicate, or, if you're very lucky, about the way in which data can be formatted for use across multiple systems... Posted July 05, 2012

TEXT ANALYTICS: Compelling products that pack a punch!

"The volume, complexity and importance of medical information used in support of diagnosis and treatment of illness, as well as the dramatically rising costs of healthcare, drive initiatives to improve information use" ... Posted July 05, 2012

Why is the Web so funny?

Knowledge is serious business. People can spend their lives tweezing apart tiny micro-organisms or living in swamps swatting away mosquitoes and venom-dipped snakes in order to uncover a single fact. Few serious knowledge workers are in it for the money. Their sacrifices are real and are made in every aspect of human life: the social, economic, social, domestic. And not infrequently the consequences can save or fail to save lives. Posted May 28, 2012

Where facts become data

Some of the data in these clouds is going to turn out to be inaccurate, but with so much of it openly available, and with the ability to link up data sets, the inaccuracies turn into the equivalent of rounding errors... Posted April 29, 2012

The problems with facts

Not all things that claim to be facts are facts. Some statements about the world are false. What's true and false is not up to us. Facts matter. Posted March 31, 2012

Learning like a developer learns

If you want to see the future - and who doesn't? - the place to begin your search is now. If you want to see the future of education and knowledge, take a look at how software developers learn. Posted March 01, 2012

Who cares about knowledge?

I don't make predictions except when they're already true. So, here's one: The concept of knowledge is on its way out. Posted February 01, 2012

The changing nature of knowledge

Longtime KMWorld columnist David Weinberger's latest book is Too Big To Know: Rethinking Knowledge Now That the Facts Aren't the Facts, Experts are Everywhere, and the Smartest Person in the Room Is the Room. His previous works include, The Cluetrain Manifesto, Small Pieces Loosely Joined and Everything is Miscellaneous. He is a senior researcher at Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet & Society and co-director of the Harvard Library Innovation Lab... Posted February 01, 2012

The Whole Earth BPM Catalog

There are business processes, and then there are processes that mean business. Not all work activities are created equal.

Take me, for example. A work process for me is: Decide to write an article; worry about it; pace the floor, fret, stew and finally get it done at the last minute. Most of the time. Doesn't sound like much of a "process," does it? You'd think that after 30-odd years of doing this, it would get easier. Nope. But I try to keep in mind the advice my friend David Weinberger gave me once: "Crappiness is hard to detect, but lateness is apparent immediately" . . . .
Posted January 01, 2012

Curating abundance

The rise of the digital is changing just about everything about curation, mainly for the better but not entirely... Posted January 01, 2012

Letting data out of its box

Posted October 29, 2011

Framing the Net, or being framed?

The Net does not get framed so much as frames everything else. Posted September 29, 2011

The wisdom of impractical knowledge

Posted September 01, 2011

Open data commons for business

Posted July 05, 2011

DPLA: a good idea that has a shot

At a high enough level of abstraction, the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is a great idea. But, then, most things are. The question is whether it will be able to go from abstract to concrete... Posted May 28, 2011

The human drive of tech

The real question isn't whether the Internet taken by itself forces certain effects on us, but whether the Internet (plus we users) has determinative effects... Posted May 01, 2011

The Cloud way of life

I thought I loved the Cloud. I thought I was ready for the Cloud. I thought I could handle the Cloud. Then I got a Google notebook. And now I'm not so sure...Google sent out the notebooks so we could see an early version of its Chrome operating system in action... Posted April 01, 2011

Revolution and the Net

The Internet optimists—like me—early on thought that the open, easy connectivity the Net provided would affirm some beliefs about the basic social nature of humans... Posted March 01, 2011

Explaining the Net’s dominance

Is the Net really different from what came before? I'm going to say yes. The question is why... Posted February 01, 2011

Structure is coming back

Posted January 01, 2011

The amateur ecology

Posted October 29, 2010

The underutilized resource beyond lists

Posted September 29, 2010

The long form of webby knowledge

We have a very clear idea of what knowledge looks like in this culture, especially at its high end. At its low end, the picture gets fuzzy... Posted September 01, 2010

Waiting for the fluid book format

Books are complex. Let's hope someday our standards live up to them... Posted July 03, 2010

A lot to hate ...
But PowerPoint brings order to unruly thoughts

People hate all sorts of software because it's hard to use, under-featured, or just plain irritating. But they hate PowerPoint for deeper reasons—for what it does to meetings, for what it does to social interaction, for what it does to how we think. Yet that blind fury can bring us to forget that PowerPoint took us a big step past where we were... Posted May 28, 2010

Authority as a market

Posted April 01, 2010

The Internet and peace

Posted March 01, 2010

Bringing on the info overload

Posted February 01, 2010

The future is a gimmick

Posted January 01, 2010

What attribute best describes the Internet age?

We have been in the Age of Information. What comes next? More exactly, what will we call what comes next?... Posted October 28, 2009

What’s wrong with Craigslist?

Posted September 29, 2009

Transparency: the new objectivity

Posted August 28, 2009

Your help with the new expertise

Posted July 03, 2009

The beauty of mesh networking

Posted June 01, 2009

Pros and cons of the Google book deal

The Google Book Search settlement is huge, complex and overall a big step forward. But it's also quite scary. The world of print is about to change, mainly for the better... Posted May 01, 2009

Knowledge and understanding

Posted April 01, 2009

The dream of the Semantic Web

The Semantic Web's value will grow as it becomes as inconsistent, ambiguous and imperfect as our own collective knowledge is... Posted March 01, 2009

What crowds are wise at

" we slap the "wisdom of the crowd" or "crowd sourcing" label on everything, as if to say: "Nope. You got your assumptions wrong. Get 'em right, and we can build the world's greatest encyclopedia, replace network TV and find lost cufflinks... Posted January 02, 2009

Everything is fragmented— The core principles

In an earlier column, I wrote about the science of complex adaptive systems (see Nov./Dec. 2008 KMWorld), which is a key piece of underlying theory to help us comprehend the increasingly interdependent and co-evolving worlds of knowledge management, social computing and learning... Posted January 02, 2009

The Leave It to Beaver media

We will look back and be amazed that we were ever content with having a handful of newspapers, just as we used to have only three networks... Posted November 03, 2008

The ambiguity of information

We are very confused about the meaning of the word "information." And that's for two good reasons... Posted September 29, 2008

Waiting for the e-book

My Kindle from Amazon is fun. It's usable. And when I use it in a public place, it makes me a geek magnet, the way a puppy attracts smiles and small talk. But the Kindle is a big, big step away from showing us what real e-books will do for us.... Posted August 31, 2008

The great debates

Posted July 11, 2008

Cerfing complexity

Posted May 30, 2008

When double standards work

I'm sorry if you're the guy who says things like "I'm totally in favor of equality for women. That's why I don't see why we have to give them special breaks" when it comes to promotions or hires. Or maybe it's not women. Posted May 01, 2008

What’s wrong with being right?

Education. Government. Media. Business. Science.That's the Jeopardy answer to the question, "What are five institutions whose value comes to a large degree from providing authoritative knowledge?" Posted February 29, 2008

The commoditization of knowledge

Posted February 05, 2008

Digital natives, immigrants and others

My friends and colleagues John Palfrey and Urs Gasser are writing a book about the difference between "digital natives" and "digital immigrants." John and Urs are both at Harvard Law's Berkman Center for Internet & Society, and both are excellent thinkers, writers and researchers. This is likely to be a book that starts a long and well-grounded discussion. It's also likely to be a big hit. Posted December 28, 2007

Good and bad ways to go wrong

We all go wrong, and have done so literally since Adam, unless I'm wrong in thinking there was an Adam, or in assuming there's anything true of all of us, or if I got the meaning of "wrong" wrong. Posted November 01, 2007

Everything is Miscellaneous

Longtime KMWorld columnist David Weinberger, a fellow at Harvard's Berkman Center, recently discussed his new book with Hugh McKellar, KMWorld editor in chief. Posted November 01, 2007

Privacy, norms and politics

There are at least 500,000 cameras in the city of London, according to an article in The Wall Street Journal, which also reports that you're recorded on average 300 times a day there. Every station has had cameras since the 1990s. Yet life hasn't changed much. Why not? Posted September 27, 2007

The adversity of knowledge

I'm years late getting to Jack Welch's Jack: Straight from the Gut. I had to read it for a project I was working on recently, and I'm glad I did, but not so much for what he says. Posted August 31, 2007

Trend-Setting Products of 2007: Infinity Info Systems, Intellisearch, ISYS, KANA

Infinity Info Systems: Contact Management Solutions, IntelliSearch: IntelliSearc Platform 2.0, ISYS: ISYS 8 Enterprise Search Suite, KANA: Response for Email Management Posted August 31, 2007

Ontologies and abstractions

Posted March 01, 2007

Conversation and the cult of expertise

It’s a sign of my late-blooming maturity (my 56th birthday is coming around but I still dress as if I’m going to summer camp) that I agreed to participate in a conference with the CIA... Posted October 27, 2006

Metadata and understanding

The solution to information overload is more information ... so long as that more information is metadata. We didn't drown in information the way the info fear mongers predicted in the early 1990s because the information... Posted September 29, 2006

The philosophy of business knowledge

I've been crawling through a book my favorite college professor gave me a couple of years ago. It's very hard because no topic causes philosophers to tangle themselves up quite so much as does knowledge. You get a philosopher trying to know knowledge and you will soon be lost in a circle of meta-knowing that spawns its own language before cycling into unknowability. Posted July 07, 2006

The case for two semantic webs

...Web pages almost always tell us what the destination of the link is about, and often what we ought to think about it. So, when Tim Berners-Lee issued the call for the Semantic Web, it wasn’t because there weren’t enough meaningful phrases online. Posted May 26, 2006

Does information need architects?

Posted April 26, 2006

The Landscape of Language

Posted March 27, 2006

The Faceted Navigation and Search Revolution

You’ve likely heard the buzz by now: faceted navigation truly changes the ground rules for search and KM, and for the many related applications... Posted March 23, 2006

Truth vs. authority

Posted February 24, 2006

Was there always information?

"There's always been information," said a member of an information architects mailing list I audit. I think that's probably not true, and it has implications for what we think our businesses are made out of. Posted February 01, 2006

Four former truths about knowledge

Posted January 01, 2006

Creating informed consumers

Posted November 01, 2005

Alphabetical order

Posted October 01, 2005

The BBC’s low-tech KM

Posted September 01, 2005

An equal and opposite reaction

Posted July 01, 2005

The size of topics

Posted June 01, 2005

Anonymously yours

Posted May 01, 2005

Trusting Times

Posted April 01, 2005

The virtue and vice of audio

Posted February 01, 2005

The silence of the Web

Posted January 01, 2005

All hail Foo

Posted November 01, 2004

Free Dewey!

Posted October 01, 2004

Reading Aristotle

Posted September 01, 2004

Things I know

Posted July 01, 2004

Conversations and communities

Posted May 01, 2004

The slippery slope of learning

Posted January 01, 2004

People smart

Posted November 01, 2003

Tacit emergence

Posted October 01, 2003

Model knowledge

Posted July 01, 2003

The truth of weblogs

Posted June 01, 2003

Knowledge Newspeak

Posted May 01, 2003

Sorting truth from bluster

Posted April 01, 2003

The Net as rhetoric

Posted March 01, 2003

Knowledge and anonymity

Posted February 01, 2003

Distributed fairness

Posted January 01, 2003

The arrogance of knowledge

Posted November 01, 2002

Knowledge transformation

Posted October 01, 2002

View from the Top-KM in Review:

Posted October 01, 2002

The 99 cent KM solution

Posted September 01, 2002

Knowledge abundance

Posted July 01, 2002

Postmodern knowledge management

Posted June 01, 2002

Bodily knowledge

Posted May 01, 2002

Read this book

Posted May 01, 2002

M&M's and mixed nuts

Posted April 01, 2002

M&M's and mixed nuts

Posted March 06, 2002

Word avatars

Posted February 01, 2002

Computers, conformity and KM

Posted November 01, 2001

Putting the author back in authority

Posted October 01, 2001

The importance of writing badly

Posted September 01, 2001

The importance of writing badly

Posted July 30, 2001

To err is you, man

Posted May 07, 2001

Solid SOAP and its buddy UDDI

Posted March 26, 2001

Friends on the Web

Posted March 05, 2001

What is truth?

Posted February 26, 2001

The problem with professionals

Posted January 29, 2001

Personal criticism

Posted January 03, 2001

Secrets in a day-lit world

Posted December 04, 2000

Lessons from the campaign

Posted December 01, 2000

The new common sense

Posted November 28, 2000

Inaccurate knowledge

Posted November 20, 2000

Searching for trust

Posted November 06, 2000

How to write a real good PowerPoint

Posted October 30, 2000

KM's complex questions

Posted October 16, 2000

Lessons from the debates

Posted October 02, 2000

The metaphors of technology

Posted October 01, 2000

Webs and brains and comparisons

Posted September 25, 2000

The inverse rule

Posted September 11, 2000

Random knowledge

Posted September 01, 2000

The danger of knowing

Posted August 28, 2000

Technology as metaphor

Posted August 21, 2000

The great chain of knowledge

Posted August 14, 2000

Random knowledge

Posted August 07, 2000

The question of questions

Posted August 01, 2000

Tribal knowledge

Posted July 24, 2000

Truth is over-valued

Posted July 17, 2000

The question of questions

Knowledge is a question, not an answer Posted July 06, 2000

If I were CKO

Posted June 26, 2000

Number mysticism

Posted June 19, 2000

Three days to a smart company

Posted June 01, 2000

The new gravity

Q: What's the opposite of gravity? A: Levity. Posted May 30, 2000

Goodness management

Posted May 22, 2000

Document architecture

Posted May 15, 2000

Awesome tech

Posted May 08, 2000

Three days to a smart company

Want to know what knowledge sounds like? Listen to people talk. Posted May 01, 2000

The physics of buzz words

Posted April 24, 2000

Faith in technology

Posted April 17, 2000

Geek Speak

Posted April 03, 2000

Tragedy and sitcoms

Posted April 01, 2000

The Seven Stages of Web Grief

Posted March 27, 2000

Business’ hardest lesson

Posted March 20, 2000

Strangers on the Web

Posted March 13, 2000

Are there conversations?

To speak and, perchance, to listen Posted March 06, 2000

The visual display of knowledge

Posted March 01, 2000

Content, not document, management

Posted March 01, 2000

Tragedy and sitcoms

“As flies to wanton boys, are we to the gods. They kill us for their sport.” — King Lear Posted February 28, 2000

Web Denial

Managing the unmanageable Posted February 21, 2000

The Joy of e-mail

The short answer for why we do it Posted February 14, 2000

Cluetrain a must read so says its author

David Weinberger responds to a book review Posted February 11, 2000

Hop on the Cluetrain

If that voice sounds familiar, it might just be your own Posted February 07, 2000


ClearType is an intermediary step that will make your text-based knowledge literally clearer. Posted January 31, 2000

Libertarian Conversations

I have nothing against Libertarians except that many of them seem drawn to it because it gives them a point of view that lets them utter statements they think are controversial but which are merely wrong. Posted January 15, 2000


The pod people are taking over. Posted January 10, 2000

The Politics Of Merely

Beware the word "merely" and its cousins "simply," "just" and "only." They are among the most political of words. And they're assassins. Posted January 03, 2000

Are there conversations?

Posted January 01, 2000

Predictions, Lists And Violence

Posted December 20, 1999

Millennial Forecast: Continued Ignorance

At this auspicious time, we are all required by local statute and industry injunction to pontificate about the future. So, permit me to make my year-end, century-end and millennium-end forecasts. Posted December 13, 1999

All Hail The Lurkers

Lurking is the art of staying silent while conversation happens all around you. Off the Web, lurking is sinister. On the Net, lurking is the best way to enter a conversation.. Posted December 06, 1999

The Undernet

Posted December 05, 1999

Tacit Knowledge

To heck with tacit knowledge. (Go for tacit documents instead.) Posted November 22, 1999

Internet White-Out

The Internet is full of misinformation, lies, statistics, and altered photographs. The famous are slandered, the gorgeous are compromised, the unknowns make up stuff just to be noticed. We all know that. Posted November 15, 1999

Branding and Knowledge

If people had brands, you'd think they were awfully shallow. "Hi, I'm Arnie, the Place for Puns," "Hello, I'm Alicia, the Melodious Voice Gal." So why is branding any better for companies? Posted November 09, 1999

The "right" solution

Posted November 01, 1999


At the recent KMWorld '99 conference in Dallas I was able to spend some quality time with two of the key people behind a fascinating site, Posted October 25, 1999

Communicating Information

On the Web, all information is communication. Posted October 18, 1999

The "Right" Solution

Please raise your hand if you're a software vendor and you've ever once said that your "solution" delivers the right information to the right people at the right time. Add ten points if you ever added, in a knowing tone, "...and in the right way." Now Posted October 12, 1999

Hermetic Dashboard, Hermetic Microsoft

I've griped about Microsoft's Digital Dashboard (DD) before, but, heck, the right to gripe endlessly about the rich, powerful and obnoxious is the very basis of democracy. Posted October 01, 1999

Pornographic intranets

Posted October 01, 1999

David Weinberger speaks:

"The Web Isn't Transforming Business Documents ... It's Killing Them" Posted September 27, 1999

Microsoft: We're Here (almost)

The industry reacts with cautious approval to the Microsoft KM news. KMWorld exclusive report. Posted September 27, 1999

Microsoft refines Digital Dashboard concept

KMWorld'99 Keynote demos successful applications for KM Posted September 22, 1999

Convergence or Hole?

The following article appears in the most recent issue of the Journal of the Hyperlinked Organization (JOHO) newsletter, authored by David Weinberger. Go read the whole thing on the Web, it's worth your time. Posted September 20, 1999

Traffic and commerce

Posted September 01, 1999

How to be smart

Posted September 01, 1999

Jetform and the Standards Game

Posted September 01, 1999

The spontaneity of voice

Posted September 01, 1999

Pornographic intranets

Posted August 01, 1999

The Forms of Marketing

The dark side of standards development, brought to you by Jetform and Posted August 01, 1999

The Knowledge Conversation

The breakthrough companies look for from KM won't come from "knowledge assets." Posted July 01, 1999

Messages in Bottles

Easter Eggs aren't just fun distractions -- they're a sign of humanity. Posted June 01, 1999

Floundering Morals

Almost all moral reasoning is based on analogies, not principles. Posted June 01, 1999

Microsoft's Digital Dashboard Deception

Microsoft's Digital Dashboard is little more than a slick deception. Posted June 01, 1999

Flash! Press releases don't work

Here's a list of do's and don'ts for writing press releases. Posted June 01, 1999

The desktop is a portal

Not everything is a portal, says David Weinberger. Life just isn't that simple. Posted May 01, 1999

Let me count the KM ways

Don't we know that KM is about more than just picking technologies? Posted May 01, 1999

Re: mission statement

Make your mission statement reflect your people. Posted May 01, 1999


Mass marketing is getting automated -- is that good or bad? Posted May 01, 1999

KM: Why do we care?

Posted May 01, 1999

The portal craze both helps and hurts KM, and that's good.

The portal craze both helps and hurts KM, and that's good. Posted May 01, 1999

Ten steps to achieve KM success

Posted April 01, 1999

Webby Collaboration

People get work done when they collaborate freely, despite what you may think. Posted April 01, 1999

Ride the Cluetrain

Communities are forming on the Cluetrain, stopping at a corporation near you. Posted April 01, 1999

Business' Big Secret

What's the biggest secret in Business? David Weinberger clues us in. Posted April 01, 1999

The Importance of Being Wrong

To make your company smarter, make better mistakes, says David Weinberger. Posted March 01, 1999

The lowerachy of business intelligence

Using widgets from Minneapolis, David Weinberger builds a relationship between data, information and knowledge. Posted March 01, 1999

Filling out forms for XML

XML will cause us to write forms, not free-flowing documents, according to David Weinberger. Posted March 01, 1999

On track with KM at AIIM

Posted March 01, 1999

Metadata is monarch

Content means nothing if you don't know how to find it or what to do with it. David Weinberger explains. Posted February 01, 1999

Narrative Knowledge

Knowledge sharing is an exercise in storytelling, says JOHO editor David Weinberger. Posted February 01, 1999

The Turing test for business

Sound it out: companies competing in the Web era had better learn to speak the language. Posted February 01, 1999

Idea Management

What we call knowledge often doesn't involve information or "know how" -- it's just ideas. Posted February 01, 1999

Leaders empower knowledge companies

Posted November 01, 1998

Tips for strategic IT planning

Posted October 01, 1998

KM & the human element

Posted May 11, 1998

GTESS and IMS Sign EDI Agreement

Posted December 17, 1997

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