of the American Society for Information Science and Technology  Vol. 28, No. 6    August / September 2002


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By both design and happy coincidence, this issue focuses on Knowledge Management (KM). Guest editors Beverly Colby, Mary Durham and Kris Liberman solicited excellent articles by Patti Anklam and by Diane Sonnenwald and her collaborators. The editors were able to add an article by Abhijit Rao, which was independently submitted but very welcome. It also happens that the fifth installment of Lee Strickland's multi-part discussion of Information and the War Against Terrorism, which appears in this issue, is directly concerned with KM in the context of business continuity and information security.  The diversity of these articles in itself speaks to the guest editors' view as stated in their introduction:

    The term knowledge management may not be the hot buzzword it once was, but the work of capturing explicit knowledge, adding value to it, and disseminating it to users continues both in traditional and nontraditional ways. . . . [There] are strong indicators that knowledge management has moved so far into our workspaces that we have reached the stage of simply assuming its presence.

I would like to thank the guest editors for the work. We are all looking forward to the ASIST Knowledge Management Summit planned to convene immediately before the ASIST Annual Meeting in November.

The ASIST Bulletin Advisory Board has been anxious that the Bulletin should help disseminate information science research to the practitioner community. As part of this effort we are publishing an article by Paul Kantor, winner of the 2001 ASIST Research Award, given for a body of work that has contributed significantly to information science. In this article Dr. Kantor discusses his research career, the problems that have interested him and their significance. We include a selected bibliography of his publications.

In another of our continuing series of papers from developing countries a commentary by Abdalla Uba Adamu of the Bayero University in Nigeria reminds us of the realities of the "information age" in the Third World.

Andrew Dillon's regular information architecture contribution will appear again in the next issue.

Irene L. Travis, Editor
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