ITToolbox is the type of km2.0 tool that I think we will see in popping up more frequently.
It is basically a newsmatering tool for external news, articles, papers, as well as a collaborative tool for internal news, such as blogging, forums, wiki’s, etc…
- Create a blog
- Blog discovery by topic or A-Z
- Blog aggregation (river of news)…lacks topic level river of news
- Also see Recent Comments
- Popular Blogs
- New Blogs
- Spliced feeds
(what about sub-topics, I might only be interested in Knowledge Management)
Actually it’s a bit odd that I can see a river of news for a sub-topic, but it doesn’t have a feed, and I can’t see a river of news for a top level topic, but it does have a feed.
- Email subscription
Notice when you click on a section it opens within the Knowledge Base
- check out KM blogs on it’s own page
- check out KM blogs within the Knowledge Base…still no spliced feed
Also notice that on this page you can view blog posts by 4 communal categories
(not sure if this achieved by the blog categories or structured blogging fields)
I like how it list the comment links below each post excerpt.
Search posts with the standard search box.
I’d like to create my own external news search feeds, or also internal news (blogs) search feeds
…although I just noticed the Subscriptions page offers keyword alerts, as well as Newsletter Digests.
Also the external news section doesn’t show content by source, or categories (text analysis).
More Content has external information that is non-news type such as Academic Articles, etc…
Social bookmarking/Memedigger/Clip blog
- rate or bookmark an internal item or external item (news)…or create a Clip blog digest from internal/external content
Lacks a Reading List (OPML)
- a knowledge worker would probably use Outlook 12 anyway
- although you can simply point to word, excel, etc.. documents which live in your DMS
- but then again, this is a collaboration tool, not an all-in-one km tool
Outgoing links view (not popular posts from the internal blogs, but popular posts they are talking about)
- see postgenomic
The ultimate would be to create your own “my knowledgebase”
- choose the blogs you want in your river of news
- choose the external news sources you want in your river of news
- or create delivered search results for internal blogs and external news
…at the moment you can do this sort of thing by subscribing to the RSS feed or email alerts, but how about presenting the results in your own page.
I really like how this comes together, like a professional version of a service like Zimbio, Complore, or GROU.PS (as opposed to a personal tool like Peoplefeeds, ziki, or tagalag, or even SuprGlu).
[ADDED: check out IBM’s Fringe Contacts (people tagging), along with blogs, forums, social bookmarks (dogear), this enterprise is a social exchange.]
What a great idea for a Communities of Practice Portal or a Business Unit portal or even a Project Portal
…this type of tool (the ITToolbox) is the new KM, keep abreast of just the content you want to see (external/internal)…as well as teasing out tacit knowledge via blogging, and providing discussions with blogs and forums, and communal websites with Wiki’s.
People will want to use these tools, people will become topic experts, they will be sought after, it naturally induces people to express, share and learn off each other…without these tools people are an untapped resource.
Internal communication blogs and km2.0
[ADDED: a blog I’m really enjoying from this portal is elsua: The Knowledge Management Blog]