KM Blog March 2008

Sunday, March 09, 2008

Better Personal Knowledge Management and Twine

I have been an interested follower of the writings and work of Nova Spivak, CEO of Radar Networks in San Francisco. If you haven't yet come across him, he is the grandson of the late Professor Peter Drucker, one of my all time heroes, and Nova has a very enviable track record in founding and developing web companies to successful IPO's over the years.

Radar Networks have been in stealth mode for quite a while but in October 2007, they launched an invite-beta version of Twine at Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco in October 2007.

From their press announcement:

"Radar Networks, a pioneer of Semantic Web technology, today announced the invite-beta of Twine, a new service that gives users a smarter way to share, organize, and find information with people they trust. Twine is one of the first mainstream applications of the Semantic Web, or what is sometimes referred to as Web 3.0"

I immediately put myself down for a beta version as they expand the final testing phase. I am hoping for an early beta version as I believe Twine could start to change paradigms, both as a teaching tool, and, most importantly, as an effective personal knowledge management tool. I hope that Twine will greatly accelerate my ability to teach, consult and help individuals, teams and organisations, and move more people into the more meaningful Web 3.0 world, to use the Web as a resource to achieve even greater results.

Nova Spivak believes that we can combine the best of the people focused social web 2.0 tools together with the semantic technologies that aim to make more sense of documents and the connections between people, and people and documents.

Watching a video from Web2.0 Summit, I respectfully chuckled at Nova's remark that he is combining the 'wisdom of crowds' with the 'wisdom of computers' and that Web 3.0 is Web 2.0 with a brain! Cool!

It's certainly worth following Twine. Check it out and please let me know what you think.

Ron Young

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Share, comment and rank your Knowledge Management (KM) Definitions with us all

Over the next few weeks, we are rolling out a new collaborative website that will allow us all to publish, discuss, review, improve and rank knowledge management topics at

Today, we launch the first collaborative feature, which is to invite you to share with us all, your definition(s), comments and ranking of knowledge management definitions.

'KM Definitions' is the most popular page on the website, and we are keen to help students, practitioners, consultants and organisations more easily understand, develop and further improve their own meaning and definition.

We will announce further features through this blog, as they become available, in the following days.

Ron Young

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