[Community] Knowledge Management & Library Science

Joseph Potvin jpotvin at xalgorithms.org
Fri Nov 5 15:23:48 CET 2021

[Adding Nicolas to this thread because it overlaps with a conversation
currently have underway relating IoR, DWDS and the Chilean Library of
Congress. ...actually we ought to to have this conversation through the
community list https://lists.xalgorithms.org/mailman/listinfo so I have
also c.c.'d community at lists.xalgorithms.org ]

RE: "How could we approach Knowledge Management within Xalgorithms?"

Craig, Here is my suggested framing of the relevant "intellectual capital"
management elements in this this domain, which which I prepared in 2013
under contract with Ericsson, and which then became part of the curriculum
for Open Source Initiative's manager resources:

I prefer the phrase "intellectual capital" management in order to link
pragmatically with a significant body of guidelines and formal standards in
the financial accounting realm.

The term "knowledge" means many things, so in the dissertation I listed the
following distinctions:

    • data ≡ semantic signal acquisition
    • information ≡ data acquisition + contextual comprehension
    • knowledge ≡ information acquisition + actionable purpose
    • intelligence ≡ knowledge acquisition + complex inductive reasoning
    • wisdom ≡ intelligence acquisition + social/psychological motivation

Initially it will sound impolite for me to say the next thing I'll put
forward, but it is meant respectfully. My sense is that the KM field really
ought to be called Ignorance Management. Here is my overview on "The
Methodological Significance of Uncertainty
which is also part of the Open Source Initiative / Ericsson syllabus I
prepared some years ago. This piece I originally prepared as an annex to my
document for The World Bank in 1992 while I was studying information
thermodynamics at Waterloo (Systems Design Engineering). In there, you will
find reference to work by Edwin Jaynes. Here's a snippet: " 'complete
initial ignorance' is the natural and inevitable starting point from which
to measure our positive knowledge; just as zero is the natural and
inevitable starting point when we add a column of numbers."  Jayne's
article is attached.

In the dissertation, and in the core functional design elements of DWDS,
these considerations lead me to sidestep "Artificial intelligence (AI)" in
favor of Artificial Naïvety (A∅  ...*'eh-nought'* ).

RE: "Since I've been mapping "rules that are the possible subject of
encoding" and "enabling frameworks for computational systems", it has
dawned on me that Library Science may play a massive role in RuleMaker meta
data and the birth of an IoR in general"

Well, RuleReserve is exactly that: a digital library. (So I also c.c.'d
Don, who might have a thot on this.)

In general, I find it more fun to consider all the things we don't know! ;-)

Joseph Potvin
Executive Director, Xalgorithms Foundation
Mobile: 819-593-5983
jpotvin at xalgorithms.org

---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: Jacob Kelter <jacobkelter at u.northwestern.edu>
Date: Fri, Nov 5, 2021 at 9:34 AM
Subject: Re: Two Proposals to Ripple, one really large, the other moderate
in size.

Well done on the submissions!

I am interested in the knowledge management question as well. It seems to
me the knowledge management question within Xalgorithms is distinct from
the one regarding RuleMaker and IoR. For an organization, the social
structures are just as important, if not more important, than methods of
storing and organizing written information (I read this book on communities
of practice
while back which made this point). For knowledge pertaining to RuleMaker
and IoR, I would also be keen on learning more about Library Science.

On Fri, Nov 5, 2021 at 12:34 AM Craig A. Atkinson <
craig.atkinson at lexmerca.com> wrote:

> Congrats, Joseph! Very impressive.
> A point of discussion: How could we approach Knowledge Management within
> Xalgorithms? Redmine captures a lot and so does GitLab, but neither
> reflects KM practices per se?
> Calvin and I have talked about libraries in different capacities. Look for
> an invite from Nicolás RE a meeting next week with the Chilean Library of
> Congress.
> Since I've been mapping "rules that are the possible subject of encoding"
> and "enabling frameworks for computational systems", it has dawned on me
> that Library Science may play a massive role in RuleMaker meta data and
> the birth of an IoR in general.
> *Craig A. Atkinson, CITP, GTP*
> *Founder and Director, International Trade and Development
> *E-mail: craig.atkinson at lexmerca.com <craig.atkinson at lexmerca.com>*
> *Twitter: @craigaatkinson <http://www.twitter.com/craigaatkinson>*
> *LinkedIn: craigatkinson.com <http://craigatkinson.com>*
>> <https://email.email.submittable.com/c/eJxdT9uKgzAQ_Rp9lFyqOz7kYaH0NyQmo2ZJTIiTdfv3TUuhsDBwOBfmcKyyX7YfW6cEE5xz1jMphgt0PcyAFmAWIzPLbJsLw6Cd744yB0ekZ4-diaHdFCByPSwwmn7gCyySgQVRYbBcA4ytVxtROhr53YhbvfM8_7-p6oY-VXgbmJ9ZeSsUJqND0m7dG3ltxPBUAlpXwocfsWSDlaccbTH0lume8BMycSfcqQon-tqJ02vRtMRY6162NjSVo83qJ0X6dXtd_af9GrOjLRxdzOsDW7pmgA>
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