Posted by: zyxo | February 8, 2008

Windmill or treadmill?

The International Legal Technology Association advises when you “build” knowledge management : think windmill, not treadmill !
Treadmill meaning that your knowledge management needs human efforts to succeed, whereas a windmill is driven by the “wind” of your normal processes.
Or put otherwise : do not hire someone to “do the knowledge management” (~librarian !) but make it part of everyone’s job and even better : automate the information gathering and structuring, with textmining applications.

(Apparently, this “treadmill vs. windmill” concept was first set
forth in an article by Dan Felean of PensEra Knowledge Technologies, which
appeared in ILTA’s November, 2002 white paper titled “Knowledge
Management.” The full article can be found at under
“Communications,” “White Papers and Surveys.”

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