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Apr 21, 2003: Blogging K-logging

I'm bumping into some great stuff on k-logs (knowledge weblogs used (mostly) inside organizations). K-logs promise to be inexpensive, lightweight, and valuable knowledge management tools, especially for teams. Any IAs (or others) have any experience with k-logs you'd like to share?

Oh yeah, what I found:

  • Giles Turnbull has a nice brief introductory interview with John Robb in writetheweb. The piece is about a year old, and John goes out on a limb and predicts that k-logs "will be huge," adding that they will "potentially become the first new widely adopted desktop productivity tool since the browser". OK, a year's up; prognosis? :-)
  • For an evolving case study, try Rick Klau's blog entry, where he describes his software firm's month-old pilot k-log project. Rick's goal is to "make the intranet more of a destination - a place where individuals throughout the company are able to easily share their observations, questions, and experience". He describes pilot user selection, installation plans, and even some metrics for evaluating the experiment. It's a great how-to piece, and while a month is obviously too soon to expect any strong conclusions, Rick does have some interesting observations on what might make or break an implementation.
  • Finally, the full text of "Using Blogs in Business," a chapter from Bausch, Haughey, and Hourihan's book on blogs, is too long to summarize here but absolutely worth reading.

Again, any of you k-logging inside the intranet? Or even as part of an external site?

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Comment: Michael (Apr 21, 2003)

Funny how things come in groups. Last October I did a presentation on k-logs which evolved into the article I published in Library Journal last week on the topic. A few of people in my organization started k-logging and we also support k-loggers in our organization by offering database results in RSS format.

Gunnar also pointed to this blog today: A weblog based content architecture for business.

Comment: Michael (Apr 21, 2003)

Hmmm, my tags got stripped. Here's the URLs for those articles:

"K-Logging: Supporting KM with Web Logs":
http://libraryjournal.reviewsnews.com/index.asp?layout=article&articleid=CA286642&publication=libraryjournal

"A weblog based content architecture for business":
http://blogs.salon.com/0002007/categories/businessInnovation/2003/03/23.html#a133

Comment: Edward Vielmetti (Apr 21, 2003)

Here's a discussion
http://socialtext-com.istori.com/workspace/index.cgi?renaming_k_logs
on "renaming k-logs" (registration required) -- points to a number of alternative terms for mostly the same idea that come a bit more trippingly off the tongue.

Comment: Lou (Apr 21, 2003)

How timely; thanks guys!

Comment: PeterV (May 1, 2003)

I am experimenting with them at work. When I came here, one person had a (good) work only blog, but most people didn't know about it. I set up one for myself but haven't been using it much - I'm not sure why. I am going to revisit the experimentations soon.

Comment: Phil Wolff (May 19, 2003)

See also http://dijest.editthispage.com/klogs and 'a klog apart' at http://dijest.com/aka/categories/klogs/

Comment: David Gammel (Jun 3, 2003)

We have been running klogs at my office for the past year as a pilot with some staff and will be growing it quite a bit more later this year.

Here is a how-to article I wrote on setting up a klog network on a corporate intranet with little to no $ investment for the software.

http://www.highcontext.com/Articles/howto/Low-costKlogNetwork.php

Comment: Lou (Jun 3, 2003)

Thanks for the tips guys. More klog brilliance welcome here...

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