Managing Knowledge in Organizational Memory Using Topic Maps

Managing Knowledge in Organizational Memory Using Topic Maps

Les Miller (Iowa State University, USA), Sree Nilakanta (Iowa State University, USA), Yunan Song (Iowa State University, USA), Lei Zhu (Iowa State University, USA) and Ming Hua (Iowa State University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-954-0.ch002
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Organizational memories play a significant role in knowledge management, but several challenges confront their use. Artifacts of OM are many and varied. Access and use of the stored artifact are influenced by the user’s understanding of these information objects as well as their context. Theories of distributed cognition and the notion of community of practice are used to develop a model of the knowledge management system. In the present work we look at a model for managing organizational memory knowledge. Topic maps are used in the model to represent user cognition of contextualized information. A visual approach to topic maps proposed in the model also allows for access and analysis of stored memory artifacts. The design and implementation of a prototype to test the feasibility of the model is briefly examined.

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