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 Vikas Kamat is a programmer- entrepreneur living in Birmingham AL. This blog is a complex mix of Indian culture, life in southern USA, computer sciences, and sports. Opinions are his own.
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Knowledge Logs (a.ka. K-Logs)

John Robb has been spotted here since he left UserLand. John  is a champion of K-Logs, and he has elaborated some of his ideas on a recent post.

As a computer scientist, I take exception to the use of text documents (or blog posts) to be referred to as knowledge. Knowledge essentially has to have intelligence, like rules, decision making or learning ability -- hence a database can never be a knowledgebase.

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Having pinpointed my pet peeve, I have some notes from customer sites that are actually using my SimplyBlog software for capture of human knowledge.

  • A K-Log system must have categorization -- this can be human specified (like in Movable-Type), or automated via a content classification engine (CCE)
  • Full-text search is also essential to dissimilate the knowledge.
  • Chronological organization of posts is quite useless in a K-Log. Rather, organization by importance (most important), relevancy (post popular), author, and whether peer-reviewed or not, are more important.
  • At all the installations, the customers asked a search by Last-Updated feature. This tells many things (more below)
  • Knowledge is not equal -- some posts must be available only to some eyes.
  • As absurd as it might sound, nicely printing the blog post is very important. I have seen executives go to meetings with thick stack of blog printouts!

More on "Last Updated"

A recent experiment called "Winer Watcher" by Mark Pilgrim that reported changes made to a blog post was very popular (it has been since withdran, hence no link), so I am thinking there might be a lot of interest in micro-following the emergence of a blog-post (or a company policy, or a business decision). Definitely something for the designers to consider...

(Comments Disabled for Now. Sorry!)First Written: Thursday, July 24, 2003
Last Modified: 7/28/2003

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