Friday, December 10, 2010

ECKM 2011 on September 1-2 - Germany

Looking for a knowledge management conference in Europe? Then, save the date for this yearly european conference.

12th European Conference on Knowledge Management - ECKM 2011
University of Passau, Germany
1-2 September 2011

Conference Chair:
Prof. Dr. Franz Lehner, University of Passau, Germany
Programme Chair:
Prof. Dr. Klaus Bredl University of Augsburg, Germany

The conference will be located almost exactly at the geographic centre of Europe. Passau is close to the metropolitan area of Munich. According to a statement attributed to Alexander von Humboldt, Passau is referred to as one of the seven most beautiful towns of the world. Passau is spectacularly located at the confluence of three rivers, one of them being the river Danube, the second longest river of Europe.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Put your MS Office docs in Google cloud !!

Google this week unveiled a limited beta test for its upcoming Google Cloud Connect for Microsoft Office tool, giving its customers a way to utilize its Google Docs service with Microsoft's popular Office suite in a fairly seamless fashion. The tool is billed as a way for Google customers to more easily migrate, over time, from Microsoft Office to the less capable (but free) Google Docs.

"Google Docs [is] 100% web: It provides real-time collaboration in the browser, with no software to install, manage or upgrade," Google Group Product Manager Shan Sinha wrote in a blog post announcing the tool. "With Cloud Connect, people can continue to use the familiar [Microsoft] Office [applications], while reaping many of the benefits of web-based collaboration that Google Docs users already enjoy."

Google Cloud Connect works with Microsoft Office 2003, 2007, and 2010, providing users with a way to sync documents to Google's Docs-based services. Because these documents are stored in the cloud, they can be accessed from anywhere, using multiple devices, and they can be shared with others—each document gets a unique URL—and retain a version history.

Google Cloud Connect is a rebranded version of DocVerse, which Google purchased back in March. It's currently available only in a limited beta, but you can sign up to be notified when the tool is more broadly available.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Europe 2020 Flagship Initiative for Innovation Union

Despite the financial crisis, the European Commission has communicated some crucial agenda points for an innovative union:
  1. EU and member states need to continue to invest in education, R&D, innovation and ICT.
  2. Those investments should be performed hand in hand with reforms to get more value for money and tackle fragmentation.
  3. Our education systems at all levels should be modernized.
  4. Researchers and innovators must be able to work and to cooperate across the EU as easily as within national borders.
  5. Access to EU programmes must be simplified and their leverage effect on private sector investment enhanced, with the support of the European Investment Bank.
  6. We need to get more innovation out of our research.
  7. Remaining barriers for entrepreneurs to bring 'ideas to market' must be removed (better access to finance, affordable Intellectual Property rights etc.)
  8. European Innovation Partnerships should be launched to accelerate research, development and market deployment of innovations to tackle major societal challenges...
  9. Our strengths in design and creativity must be better exploited.
  10. We need to work better with our international partners.
What an exciting agenda :-) !! The full document can be downloaded here.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Libraries will survive !!

Have a look at the video that some librarians made some days ago. It highlights the social dimension, the service minded approach of this profession and all the kind of information you can get in a library (and not on Google ebook or on Amazon). As they believe, I thought that knowledge sharing was not on the Internet only, but also on the coffee machine or in a reading room....?? So, maybe yes, they're right...libraries will survive !!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Web 2.0 and Public sector publication

KPMG International has released an interesting paper on Web 2.0 technologies within the public can find the document on several KPMG web sites, like on the Belgian site (the official title is 'Dynamic technologies for smarter government' and is available in PDF format).

Monday, June 28, 2010

Social Science Research network

Did you know that you can access thousands of social science research papers and articles online? See the last stats we had from the SSRN eLibrary:

Papers & Authors:

Abstracts: 289,990
Full Text Papers: 240,676
Authors: 138,281
Papers Received in Last 6 months:27,36

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Cloud computing and knowledge management

As I already quoted on LinkedIn, I'm a surprised by the lack of public european initiative on cloud computing and secured cloud architecture within the european region. I'm really convinced that cloud architecture could boost the european ICT adoption (with offering cheap and secure data storage for european citizens) and make it cheaper for the weakest european countries.
If you're not convinced that Europe is waiting too long to adopt any plan, check what happened last month in Washington on the Knowledge Management level....

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Knowledge management and communication

I'm very pleased to see that the editor World Scientific Publishing Company announces a book about KM and communication for September 2010. Most of the time, we find a lot of books on ontologies, document management, KM strategies with IT connections, but I believe that the academic community does not emphasize enough the communication skills we need to practice KM every day. The complete title of the book will be 'Communication and knowledge transfer: theories and cases in Journalism, Public relations and advertising (series on innovation and knowledge management) and it's written by Seow Ting Lee and I-huei Cheng.

Friday, April 30, 2010

Un bel exemple de gestion de connaissances - Agri-Réseau fête ses dix ans !

Une information, aussi importante soit-elle, sert peu si elle n’est pas mise à jour, communiquée et exploitée adéquatement par la bonne ressource au moment opportun. Mais encore faut-il qu’elle soit disponible et repérable. À la fin de 1999, pour palier au départ à la retraite de nombre d’experts en agriculture, de leurs connaissances et de leur expertise, le ministère de l’Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l’Alimentation (MAPAQ), de concert avec le Centre de référence en agriculture et agroalimentaire du Québec (CRAAQ), annonçait la mise en ligne d’Agri-Réseau. Dix ans plus tard, Agri-Réseau constitue LA référence sur le Web dans toute la francophonie en matière d’information technique et scientifique dans le domaine.

Plus d'information sur l'expérience d'Agri-Réseau

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

ICT 2010 Event conference, 27-29 September 2010, Brussels

Europe's most visible forum for ICT research and innovation.
ICT 2010 will focus on policy priorities such as Europe's Digital Agenda and the next financial programme of the European Union for funding research and innovation in ICT.

This biennial event has become a unique gathering point for researchers, business people, investors, and high level policy makers in the field of digital innovation. ICT 2010 will focus on policy priorities such as Europe's Digital Agenda and the next financial programme of the European Union for funding research and innovation in ICT.

Registration for ICT 2010 will open in May 2010

Go to related site

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Brett Johnson on GoogleTalks

If you're interested in understanding what's the LEMON HR model, just follow this 44 minutes presentation. Johnson explains what are the different layers of his analysis (Luminaries / Entrepreneurs / Managers / Organizers / Networkers) and why it's important to adapt your communication for each profile.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Management references

If you're looking for some good management Consulting references, i tried the library of Edward de Bono and Robert Heller. The link to the site is where you will find various management articles, classified in well known categories...

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Publishing and blogging on the fly

I downloaded a blogging application (BlogPress) for Blogger - testing some connectivity and publication possibilities for the Iphone...and except for the painful keyboard, it works !

-- Post From My iPhone

Thursday, March 18, 2010

KM within European SME's

If you're interested in practicing or implementing knowledge management within SME's, check the EJKM web site - where all the academic papers are available online.
In their current Volume 8, Issue 1, Italian academics folks performed some research within 25 SME's (South of Italy) and they propose a questionnaire about some KM practices.
Download the full article on the Electronic Journal of Knowledge Management site !

Friday, March 5, 2010

Considering the impact of cloud compu...

Considering the impact of cloud computing on Business models

I had the opportunity to follow a very interesting KPMG seminar on Cloud Computing and the impact that this 'style of computing' will have on organizing future businesses. And guess, what? We believe that the shift will be tremendous, that a lot of the current 'fixed asset' and tangible IT (or Telco assets) will be changed, with adapted billing models (how are you structuring your billing scheme when your customers are 'renting' or paying as a service your product? what are the implications for tax purposes? where do you have to pay your VAT when your service is running on a centralized cloud server?)

For those who don't know what cloud computing is, Gartner defines it as a style of computing where massively scalable and elastic IT-related capabilities are provided 'as a service' using Internet technologies to multiple external customers. Find more info everywhere on the web, but especially some good references on the wikipedia page

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

The Problem with the Data-Information-Knowledge-Wisdom Hierarchy

The data-information-knowledge-wisdom hierarchy seemed like a really great idea when it was first proposed. But its rapid acceptance was in fact a sign of how worried we were about the real value of the information systems we had built at such great expense. What looks like a logical progression is actually a desperate cry for help. Read the HBR article further here...

Friday, January 22, 2010

1st DEVCOM Brussels

1st DEVCOM Brussels

I'll be jury member for the ebusiness forum on web, mobile and e-marketing. The DEVCOM event will take place in the Brussels stock Exchange (very nice building !!)