International Journal of Information Management, 28 (3), 2008 – interesting articles

[Deutscher Titel: International Journal of Information Management, 28 (3), 2008 – interessante Artikel]

The information audit: Theory versus practice 150-160
Steven Buchanan, Forbes Gibb

  • Abstract: This paper presents and discusses five information audit (IA) case studies, which tested the application and usability of an IA methodology. The studies also trialled an IA scope matrix and incorporated process modelling. The main strengths of the IA methodology were found to be the logical structuring of stages, provision of a comprehensive toolkit, and the flexibility to remove stages not relevant to the client brief. A limitation of the methodology was found to be its lack of instructional depth. The IA scope matrix was successfully trialled, and process modelling proved extremely valuable, encouraging participant involvement by focusing on readily understandable aspects of day-to-day work, and providing an organisational model of information flow.
  • Keywords: Information audit; Information resource management; Information strategy; Information systems; Process modelling
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Knowledge audit: Tools of the trade transmitted to tools for tradition 161-167
M.A. Mearns, A.S.A. du Toit

  • Abstract: Indigenous knowledge is the commodity that is offered to cultural tourists at cultural villages in South Africa. The extent to which indigenous knowledge is being conserved at cultural villages was investigated. The knowledge management tool that was applied to do the investigation was a knowledge audit. This investigation was conducted to establish whether cultural villages can act as custodians of indigenous knowledge. It was found that the knowledge audit proved to be a useful tool to determine the extent of indigenous knowledge conservation at cultural villages. Although the extent of indigenous knowledge conservation at cultural villages was rated as fairly poor, the potential of cultural villages to act as custodians of indigenous knowledge became very clear. The implication of this investigation is that knowledge audits could be considered for applications beyond business and that the principles of knowledge audits could be applied to individuals within communities to audit their indigenous knowledge.
  • Keywords: Knowledge audit; Indigenous knowledge; Cultural villages; Knowledge management; Cultural tourism
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New learning network paradigms: Communities of objectives, crowdsourcing, wikis and open source 194-202
J. Albors, J.C. Ramos, J.L. Hervas

  • Abstract: This paper analyzes the new learning and network collaboration paradigms, their motivation and consequences. The origins of these practices are traced to the development of the Internet and the impact of globalization. The paper analyzes their advantages and the factors which have led to their development. Three contexts or diverse points of view have been followed: academic and scientific, business and social. The paper aims to develop and propose a taxonomy of these practices according to certain variables related to communication, social interaction, information, intellectual property, knowledge access and values.
  • Keywords: Networks; Communities; Virtual groups
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