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The Activities of the Emerging Knowledge Ecologist Function in Large Research Organizations

Thomas Clay Templeton

ASIS&T Annual Meeting - 2006 (ASIS&T 2006)
Austin, Texas, November 3-9, 2006


This short paper (along with its accompanying graphic, not yet developed), outlines a system of activities that constitute an organizational function designated here as the "knowledge ecologist" function. The activities all share two essential characteristics: they address some aspect of the optimization of a knowledge ecology, and the knowledge base required to execute them is sufficiently constituted by the convergence of information technology, knowledge management, and library practice.

The seven activities addressed are as follows:

1)Studying the communication practices of knowledge workers

2)Providing knowledge workers with access to externally produced knowledge objects through all available channels

3)Bridging the man-machine barrier

4)Deploying software to facilitate the collective creation of knowledge bases

5)Optimizing physical environments for knowledge creation and transfer

6)Coordinating life cycle support for ephemeral knowledge objects, from creation through various stages of use to disposition or destruction

7)Conditioning the organization's social environment to encourage knowledge creation and transfer

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