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I am no fan of Microsoft's products, and at the beginning I thought that SharePointwas one of its biggest blunders... but now I find it to be especiallywell-suited to create a collaborative space.…Continue
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Started by Gabriele. Last reply by Ramavhoya Norton Jun 26, 2013.
A Community Technology Learning Lab (CTLab) is currently underway in a subgroup of KM4Dev's email group at DGroups to…Continue
Started by Mark Hammersley Jul 24, 2012.
Dear Km4dev members:This is to humbly remind you to participate in the survey on knowledgesharing within VCoPs. I will really appreciate if you take a few of yourminutes to fill in the questionnarire…Continue
Started by Hermon Ogbamichael Apr 27, 2011.
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So what is Technology Stewardship about? Email, web technologies, social media and low cost communications tools enable distributed groups of people to “meet”, collaborate and learn together in new ways. Technology stewardship is about helping communities and networks to make effective use of the tools that are available to them. Although it is possible to think of it as a distinct responsibility, we found that group leaders/coordinators typically practice technology stewardship alongside other leadership tasks such as facilitation. You do not need to be a technical expert and this is not about being your group’s IT department. It is much more about helping to maintain the health and vitality of your community/network by understanding the way members collaborate and learn together, and matching tools to activities.
The Community Technology Learning Lab (CTLab) is underway through June and July to raise awareness of what is technology stewardship and how it can be approached. We are exploring key characteristics of technology stewardship in development by reflecting on participants’ experiences in the identification and use of technologies to support collaboration and learning in networks and communities. More at: http://wiki.km4dev.org/CTLab
To join in and learn more please sign up to the CTLab group at http://next.dgroups.org/groups/km4dev-l/CTlab/join, or send a blank email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For Knowledge Management our experience with Open Source has been particularly gratifying. We have developed Open source integrated platforms for Knowledge Management in particular for International Development and AID management. Using JCR Content repository standards implementation of "Knowledge Networks" and "Spaces" around Communities of Practices is possible. Collaboration can be just a pattern on top of it all in the form of a social network or similar collaboration themes. One other element of KM using open source is semanticaly enhanced search algorithms that are tuned to search knowledg products. Moreover a lot of "mailing list" discussions can be captured into a open standard dynamic repository and then converted into searchable knowledge products such as community updates or firmed up replies or even reports.
So open source choice does exist and it is not neccessary to go down a sharepoint route. Infact sharepoint in my opinion is an older and more cumbersome and costly technology.
First of all I would like to thank Gabriele for creating this group. Choosing the right technology can be quite challenging in KM activities. Therefore, I would like to ask you for your advise on the following:
We are currently working on a capacity development project in Southeast Asia and will be training local partners in food security issues (online and f2f). The blended learning programme starts with a two-week online course and is followed by a one week f2f-training. Our facilitation team consists also of a photographer who captures workshop activities and outcomes in order to create a photo documentation of the training. After the workshop is completed, participants obtain the photo documentation and can retrieve any necessary information they need. Unfortunately there has been a few issues like legibility of material and time-consuming process of compiling material and hence delay in sending out the documentation to participants.
We are now exploring new ways of workshop documentation which we can also use for our online learning programmes. Are there any tools that could replace our photo documentation besides high-tech flip charts and whiteboards?
I am looking forward to your comments on this.
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