Knowledge Management

The topic of knowledge management is quite broad and often people are personally passionate - the topics they are interested in may vary greatly - however the ability to store information, infer patterns, make better recommendations - is something one may call homo sapiens instincts that enabled us to survive all these years.

Readers interested in this topic are refered to Wikipedia as the authoritative summary on this topic. Some excerpts from there are included here:

Overall knowledge management (KM) is the process of capturing, developing, sharing, and effectively using organisational knowledge. It refers to a multi-disciplined approach to achieving organisational objectives by making the best use of knowledge.

Knowledge generation consists of core components including people, processes, culture, structure, and technology.  The following diagram outlines nicely the ability of a collection of individuals to increase their knowledge around any specific topic:

A key component of the objectives for the semantic knowledge workers here is socialization, externalization, combination to help those internalize how they best see fit to meet their goals to enable continuous improvement - specifically enabling scientists and engineers strive to develop a model that describes a clear understanding of a product and process design space.