Mar 272013

KM ConferencesAs we move into 2013 there are several Knowledge Management (KM) conferences that I would highly recommend you attend, participate and/or inquire about. Here is the list, including the link and a brief note about each:

APQC hosts its 18th Knowledge Management Conference

Houston Texas

Training April 29 – May 1 & Conference May 2 -3 in . APQC is a leading benchmarking, best practice and research organization, which has Knowledge Management as one of its core areas. The focus of this conference is to explore the knowledge and knowledge processes organizations are using to boost creativity, innovation, and competitiveness.


Washington, DC

10th International Conference on Intellectual Capital, Knowledge Management & Organizational Learning – ICICKM 2013, The George Washington University, School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS) and Engineering Management and Systems Engineering (EMSE) Washington, DC, USA 24-25 October 2013 This conference also includes several mini tracks.

KM World 2013

Washington, DC

Conference Building Collaborative Organizations: People, Platforms & Programs. November 6 – 8, 2013 at the Renaissance Washington, DC Hotel in Washington DC. KMWorld offers a wide-ranging program especially focused to meet the needs of executives and strategic business and technology decision makers. This is a must-attend for those concerned with improving their organization’s bottom line, business processes and productivity, as well as streamlining operations and accelerating development and innovation in their evolving enterprises.

Taxonomy Boot Camp

Washington, DC

November 5 – 6. This conference is a part of the KM World conference. The Taxonomy Boot Camp brings together practitioners and experts in taxonomy, vendors who have created tools to help manage your taxonomies, and novices who are starting out in the world of information management. This conference includes interactive panel discussions and workshops centered around designing, developing and executing taxonomies.

Enterprise Search Summit

Washington, DC

Also a part of the KM World conference occurs during November 6 – 8, in Washington DC. This conference brings together practitioners and experts in Enterprise Search. The conference features speakers exploring search and how it facilitates knowledge “findability” and sharing including effective information delivery, and business operations improvement.

SEKE 2013

Boston, MA

The Twenty-Fifth International Conference on Software Engineering and Knowledge Engineering (SEKE 2013) will be held at Hyatt Harborside at Boston’s Logan International Airport, USA from June 27 to June 29, 2013. This is primarily an academic conference. This conference aims at bringing together experts in software engineering and knowledge engineering to discuss on relevant research, papers and software solutions in either software engineering or knowledge engineering or both. Special emphasis will be put on the transference of methods between both domains.

ACM Conference of Information and Knowledge Management (CIKM 2013)

Burlingame, CA

This conference will be held from October 27 to November 1, 2013 at San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront, Burlingame, CA, USA. The purpose of the conference is to identify challenging problems facing the development of future knowledge and information systems, and to shape future research directions through the publication of high quality, applied and theoretical research findings.

These conferences only represent a portion of the KM Conferences that will be occurring in 2013. I will be attending and/or presenting at a few of the conferences mention above. If you know of other conferences please contact me and I will update this “Mash Up”!

Mar 012013
Big Data in knowledge management

In my last post regarding Big Data I posed two questions:

  • What is your experience with Big Data?
  • Are you like most of us determining what Big Data really means to me and my organization?

As it pertains to Knowledge Management (KM) and Big Data within organizations, the advancement of search technologies on Big Data is making an impact. In KM World’s 100 companies that matter in KM, they point out that Search Technologies’ ability to implement, service, and manage Big Data environments is the key reason for their inclusion. The “findability” of information and knowledge within large amounts of unstructured data contribute to the ability to disseminate and reuse the knowledge of the enterprise.

Besides Search Technologies, there are several companies offering KM solutions to address Big Data. Some of these companies include:

  • CACI which offers solutions and services to go from data to decisions
  • Autonomy (an HP Company) offers KM solutions that mine unstructured data, tag this data and where appropriate make it available to the knowledge base
  • IBM who offers a Big Data platform that includes KM to address Big Data’s vast amount of unstructured data.

As organizations learn more about Big Data and how to manage, and use and reuse the vast amounts of information and knowledge it provides, more software and consulting companies will provide the products and solutions organizations are looking for.

Where is Big Data going?

A recent Gartner Report stated that “Many global organisations have failed to implement a data management strategy but will have to as IT leaders need to support big data volumes, velocity, and variety,” as well as “decisions from big data projects for decision support, and insights in the context of their role and job function, will expand from 28 per cent of users in 2011 to 50 per cent in 2014.”

Big Data will be the catalyst for an increase in the need for Data, Information and Knowledge Management expertise. We will need Big Knowledge Management to address Big Data!

Jan 312013
Knowledge Management and Big Data

Big Data has been buzzing for some time now. Many organizations  are formulating their approach to managing Big Data and aligning it with their strategic objectives. Lets first take a look of what Big Data is; Big Data refers to data that has grown so big it is difficult to manage.

Big Data spans four dimensions Volume, Velocity, Variety, and Veracity.

  • Volume: The proliferation of all types of data expanding many terabytes of information.
  • Velocity: The ability to process data quickly.
  • Variety: Refers to the different types of data (structured and unstructured data such as text, sensor data, audio, video, click streams, log files, etc.)

See what IBM is saying about Big Data.

Knowledge Management has the ability to integrate and leverage information from multiple perspectives. Big Data is uniquely positioned to take advantage of KM processes and procedures. These processes and procedures enables KM to provide a rich structure to enable decisions to be made on a multitude and variety of data. In the KM World March 2012 issue it was pointed out that “organizations do not make decisions just based on one factor, such as revenue, employee salaries or interest rates for commercial loans. The total picture is what should drive decisions”. KM enables organizations to take the total picture Big Data provides, and along with leveraging tools that provide processing speed to break up the data into subsets for analysis will empower organizations to make decisions on the vast amout and variety of data and information being provided.

What is your experience with Big Data? Are you like most of us determining what Big Data really means to me and my organization? If these and other questions are on your mind concerning Big Data I want to hear from you!