Replying to LO29138 --
I agree entirely with Mark's critique of the Australian standards, but I
am not sure that I agree with his way of defining the difference between
knowledge and information. Maybe I just don't get his use of the words
'validation' 'testing' and 'evaluation' as the distinguishing
For me knowledge is understood more by the processes of its use than in
its content. Knowledge involves the intentional and effective application
of information to the manipulation of our environment in the pursuit of
the satisfaction of needs. Maybe this is what Mark means - we validate
what we know by trying it and finding that it works. Learning is what we
do when we find that it doesn't work.
If this definition is accepted then the databasing and archiving of
information very definitely becomes nothing more than information
management. Knowledge management becomes the creation of social and
organisational contexts that nurture the capability to use the information
in purposeful activity. Information management focuses primarily on
technology. Knowledge management focuses primarily on people.
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>Thank you for the clarifcation you sent and your additional comments. I
>have revisited the Standards Australia International (SAI) website and
>still have some concerns. I see, for example, that they have a
>consulting services division called Business Excellence Australia (BEA)
>which offers KM-related services to the marketplace. In what sense,
>then, should we regard 'Standards Australia' as an independent developer
>of standards in a market space in which it also competes commercially
>with other organizations for consulting engagements? Standards-making
>organizations that have a vested commercial interest in the outcomes of
>their work (not to mention a seemingly unfair competetive market
>advantage) would appear to have an inherent conflict of interest on their
>hands. Does ANSI or ISO offer consulting services on a commercial basis
>to industry? I don't think so. What are your thoughts on this?
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