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September 12, 2010: PKM2010 — Second Workshop on PKM at the German HCI Conference Mensch und Computer 2010 in Duisburg, Germany. → PKM2010 page including preprints open access

August 2009

Survey on Information Skills for PKM from Ricky Cheong

April 2009

Google Group on Personal Knowledge Management (join the community!)!forum/personal-knowledge-management

March 26 and 27, 2009

PKM2009 — First International Workshop on Personal Knowledge Management (PKM) at the 5th Conference on Professional Knowledge Management, 25-27 March 2009, Solothurn → PKM2009 page including workshop report

What is Personal Knowledge Management?

Knowledge Management (KM) deals with creating and exchanging knowledge within groups of persons in organisational contexts. The potentials and needs of the individual is often not in the focus of KM efforts, although no-one would deny that the individual as knowledge bearer, -user and -creator is naturally the most essential part of knowledge management. The main goal of PKM is make the individual more productive — and thereby the organisation as a whole.

The term Personal Knowledge Management (PKM) has two main dimensions:

Personal Knowledge

Ultimately, all knowledge is personal knowledge. Following the tradition of Nonaka&Takeuchis spiral model (and later Ba model) knowledge resides partially in the minds of people and can partially be codified as external artifacts. PKM investigates the use of methods and tools to amplify the abilities of the individual to work better with knowledge. E.g.

  • recall previously learned knowledge faster (or at all) when it is required

  • model personal knowledge and beliefs with external modeling tools to derive new insights (MS Excel is often used for this today)

  • strategies for filing ideas to retrieve them when needed

Personal Management

Management is a systematic approach to define goals, measure, define and execute actions and repeat this control loop until the goal is reached. Different from traditional management, in personal management one has to manage oneself. This involves the problem of fulfilling two roles (executing and managing) and learning when and how to switch between them. Typical management problems in PKM are e.g.

  • time and task management

  • matching work habits with personal productivity level variations

  • investing time into personal learning and PKM improvements

  • work-life balance


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