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Dae-joon Hwang Korea

“I’m going to talk about global knowledge asset management. We have an information society, a knowledge society. In this society knowledge is a key driving force for social and economic development. Can you guess how much knowledge is created in this category every year? According to research the amount of knowledge produced each year exceeds the amount of stored knowledge. Therefore sharing in the management of knowledge is a critical issue. The current status of the global knowledge acquisition and sharing however indicates there is a knowledge divide. The source of knowledge is mostly from developed countries and is distributed from the north to south. In addition the importance of tacit knowledge is recently increasing due to its emerging usefulness. Tacit knowledge is however mostly placed in local areas and cannot be accessed. So how can we bridge this knowledge divide using the new trends such as making tacit knowledge visible? Respecting local knowledge, facilitating different knowledge sharing systems and managing kinds of knowledge for better access and use. To answer this question I’d like to share knowledge and suggest an ecological global knowledge asset management as the solution. Generally speaking this ecological system creating harmony and co-evolution between living organisms in a natural way drawing from the ecological perspective. We need to emphasise the organic vitality of knowledge in circulation harmonising between the people, technology and sharing network. First as a common source we need to make tacit knowledge visible through articulation especially in developing countries. Through this knowledge the product of collective intelligence and various local and contextual knowledge then we can share collaborative ownership. Next for greater equity in sharing knowledge and effective use of ICT more variety is needed in our approach to knowledge ecosystems. We must remember that the technology is more than just the mechanical aspect, that it’s the people who make it functional. For example the community multimedia project centres that over 40 community multimedia centres in 15 developing countries is an excellent example of how local knowledge is acquired and shared by local people networks with local technology. In short the new global knowledge asset management is based on the combination of three networks, people, sharing and technology networks. Each contains a combination of visible and tacit knowledge also and because of diverse user contexts the home, library, school and community centred in different countries acquisition and sharing using different approaches should be built between the knowledge source and the end user. I’ve briefly introduced here global knowledge asset management from a new perspective that has a knowledge ecology. I believe this is a starting step, we need collaborative efforts in refining this area in this context and beyond. Thank you.”
Dae-joon Hwang Korea
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