Using Google's apps for the collaborative construction, refinement and formalization of knowledge

Hall, W, Nousala, S and Vines, R 2010, 'Using Google's apps for the collaborative construction, refinement and formalization of knowledge', in Hamid R Arabnia, Victor A Clincy, Joan Lu, Andy Marsh, Ashu M. G. Solo (ed.) Proceedings of the 2010 International Conference on Internet Computing, ICOMP 2010, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, July 12-15, 2010, pp. 172-178.


Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: Conference Papers

Title Using Google's apps for the collaborative construction, refinement and formalization of knowledge
Author(s) Hall, W
Nousala, S
Vines, R
Year 2010
Conference name The International Conference on Internet Computing (ICOMP 2010)
Conference location Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Conference dates July 12-15, 2010
Proceedings title Proceedings of the 2010 International Conference on Internet Computing, ICOMP 2010
Editor(s) Hamid R Arabnia, Victor A Clincy, Joan Lu, Andy Marsh, Ashu M. G. Solo
Publisher CSREA Press
Place of publication Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Start page 172
End page 178
Total pages 7
Abstract The utility of knowledge depends on how it is developed, refined and tested. Where knowledge concerns more than one individual, its value is increased through social processes involving cycles of tacit and explicit sharing for intersubjective criticism. Sciences and many organizations have well developed processes for managing the tacit-explicit cycling to produce what Vines and Hall call "formal knowledge". Nousala and Hall have studied the emergence of informal communities concerned to develop and refine bodies of knowledge relating to particular issues. The present paper describes one such emergent community's use of ICT to facilitate knowledge formalization. Their most effective solution uses free Internet applications in the Google "cloud" made possible by changes to Google Docs only released in January 2010. Although involving several poorly documented "apps" and their "gadgets" the resulting architecture is surprisingly coherent, user friendly and apparently robust.
Subjects Information Systems not elsewhere classified
Keyword(s) Epistemology
Knowledge management
Knowledge formalization
Google Apps
Communities of practice
Collaboration
Web 2.0
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