Talk:Classification of KM subjects and subcategories

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Mohammad Iranshahi, 2010/03/03

Dear Members

I am searching for a document or resource like thesarues for classification of KM subjects and subcategories. I will appreciate if i receive your guidance.

Josef Hofer-Alfeis, 2010/03/03

May be I can help: I have developed a rather useful classification of KM processes, i.e. instruments, tools, methods, procedures, … with over 225 processes with the help of members of the KM working group in the German association for IT, communication and media industries BITKOM. The processes are arranged in three main process groups according to the responsibilities of knowledge workers, management or KM support organization.

Management Consulting, Germany.

Jaap Pels, 2010/03/03


Perhaps this article by Binney helps you along.

Senior Programme Officer Knowledge Management, IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre, Netherlands.

Boris Jaeger, 2010/03/04

Yes Mohammad, Josef's classification is a good one and should definitely be translated to English in future.

In general you can take any comprehensive KM model and use it as basis for a subject classification. Binney's model and classification is not that comprehensive Jaap, but a good start.

Maybe you expand your search looking for a "KM ontology" or a "KM body of Knowledge"

As a starter I would suggest to read the following:

Holsapple, C. W.; Joshi, K. D. A Formal Knowledge Management Ontology. Univ. Kentucky, College of Business and Economics, Kentucky Initiative for Knowledge Management, Research Paper No. 171, 2003.

Republished as: A Knowledge Management Ontology. in: Holsapple, C. W. (Ed.): Handbook on Knowledge Management. Volume 1: Knowledge Matters. Heidelberg: Springer-Verlag (International Handbook of Information Systems Series), 2002: 89-124.

The Ontology was collaboratively designed and is pretty comprehensive. If you want the paper, don't hesitate to contact Prof. Holsapple for that or just send me a note.

Out of my own KM model I derived some kind of thesaurus, the "KM Concept Map".

Ana Cristina Guimaraes Matos Evaluation Specialist United Nations Volunteers Bon, Germany

Peter J. Bury, 2010/03/11

Sorry to sound stupid, but it is just to be clear about "thesaurus". Which definition do 'we' use?

Boris Jaeger, 2010/03/11


Mohammad is looking for like "thesarues for clssification of KM subjects and subcategories".