Types and uses of PKM
I was thinking about PKMs, their types and uses and came up with the approach below and wanted to try these ideas out for size......
A PKM is defined as follows:
Personal knowledge management (PKM) is a process of collecting information that a person uses to gather, classify, store, search, retrieve and share knowledge in their daily activities (Grundspenkis 2007) and the way in which these processes support work activities (Wright 2005) - Personal knowledge management - Wikipedia
Alternative Definitions and Roles
An alternative definition for Personal Knowledge Management would be to define a PKM by its use. Looking at the definition of a Zettelkasten, we have:
A Zettelkasten is a personal tool for thinking and writing. It has hyper-textual features which enables the creation of networked thoughts. The difference to other systems is that a network of thoughts is created, instead of categories of notes (of arbitrary size and form). The emphasis being on connection, rather than collection - Zettelkasten.de.
Using these definitions, we can conclude that there are two fundamental types of PKM:
1. Based on the philosophy of Luhmann's Zettelkasten i.e. a tool for thinking and the use of networked ideas to create emergent thoughts, and
2. A tool for the collection, organisation and categorisation of information i.e. facts that is archived and may be retrieved to support various activities.
In other words:
- The PKM based on networked thoughts could be considered as an 'Active PKM'. Its purpose being the generation of emergent ideas, and
- The Organisational PKM could be considered as a 'Passive PKM' for the archiving and retrieval of facts.