K-Logs

By Deane Barker on June 8, 2003

WriteTheWeb – What is a k-log?: John Robb is one of the founders of UserLand (I still think I’m missing out). This is an article from last year where he discusses “K-logs” — essentially the use of blogs for knowledge management:

“…K-Log features like subscriptions let you as an employee keep up with what is going on by automating the process of collecting information. It creates a knowledge network within a company, all based on easy to understand Web standards. K-Logs break down the data silos on the desktop, particularly the notorious e-mail inbox and the directories of files people store all over their desktops. By publishing those e-mails and documents to the Intranet, everyone can get access to that information.”

A lofty goal, to be sure, and one that I think is attainable. I worked on a project in my last job where I kept a “project log” of developments. It was manually done in FrontPage, but it was still very handy for people to find out what was going on.

When you think about it, this site you’re looking at is knowledge management in a way. The editors of this site are using it to share information we find about a certain topic — Web development. I think the blog format we’re working with is more suited to the goal that commercial knowledge management systems like Notes.

Phil Wolf maintains another good resource for K-logs information.

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