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Knowledge Management @ Kent State University
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Knowledge Management @ Kent State University
Each week leading up to the on-site Symposium, Kent State will host open forums about the state of the knowledge management field and how the Knowledge Sciences Center at Kent State can best serve the field.
Webinars will be offered Wednesdays from noon to 1:30 p.m. EDT.  They will be moderated by Dr. Denise Bedford, Goodyear Professor of Knowledge Management at Kent State.  Come prepared to contribute ideas.

Webinar Topics

Webinar Topic 1:   Current and past good practice models –  July 24, 2013
The agricultural extension service has a long history of supporting farmers, agribusiness and agricultural development. We’ll talk about the four paradigms of agricultural extension services and brainstorm how those might translate to knowledge sciences. What can we learn from agricultural extension centers and their contributions to the robust agricultural economy? Can we build centers and a network around this model? What can we learn from other efforts that didn’t work? What kinds of challenges and opportunities would stakeholders bring to the Center?  Who do we envision the Center’s stakeholders to be?

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Webinar Topic 2:  What kinds of knowledge science products and services should the Center support? –  July 31, 2013
Kent State University defines knowledge sciences broadly to include 10 individual facets. The faceted model will be shared with the webinar participants. In defining the Center’s goals, we identified five primary capabilities, including (1) Learning and Teaching; (2) Advising and Consulting; (3) Advocacy; (4) Research and Development; and (5) Partnerships and Empowerment. These capabilities would pertain to all aspects of knowledge sciences. In this webinar, we will ask stakeholders to share their ideas on the kinds of products and services the Center should provide. Which are the highest priority facets for learning and training? In which facets would organizations seek advising and consulting? Can the Center play a brokering role in identifying experts or assembling teams for advising and consulting? In which facets is research and development most needed? Is there a need for an advocacy role for the Knowledge Sciences Center? Is there a need to promote KM in policy domains? What kind of open learning and training activities should the Center support? Is there a need to advocate for stakeholder roles in the development of semantic agents? This is perhaps the most challenging set of questions to answer simply because answers are so rich.

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Webinar Topic 3:  Knowledge Sciences Center activity models –  August 7, 2013
What kinds of consultation and collaboration models do you think we need to support? Expert teams? Student projects? Basic research supported by teams of faculty? Faculty from across universities?  Visiting scholars? What kind of affiliations should we support? Is there a need for a persistent community? What do you envision the community would do? Are the “by project” affiliations? How should we work with and collaborate with other centers and institutes? Is there a need for an advocacy role for the Knowledge Sciences Center? Is there a need to promote KM in policy domains? What kind of open learning and training activities should the Center support? Should we be promoting webinars? Are there CEU opportunities? KM Book Groups and Clubs? Networking activities? Regular meetings?

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Webinar Topic 4:  Intellectual property and capital models –  August 14, 2013
What kinds of intellectual property models should we be aware of and using in a knowledge sciences center? Collaboration will lead to new products, services and ideas. To make sure that knowledge flows and does not stagnate or become invisible, what models should we consider? Are there innovative financial models we can explore that will help promote adoption? What kinds of intellectual property challenges might we face and what innovative solutions might be available? Should all activities be carried out under a Creative Commons License? Or, are there some activities which may be covered by traditional intellectual property laws?

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Webinar Topic 5:  Knowledge Sciences Center presence, resources and access –  August 28, 2013
Assuming the Center will support local, national and international activities, what does the Center’s presence look like? We assume there is a need for a small physical presence. How much should be virtually supported and accessible? Which activities need to be supported virtually? What kinds of resources need to be available to the community? Based on a recent survey of use of published resources, it is clear that there is a need and demand for a knowledge sciences virtual library. And, an organization of information from a knowledge sciences perspective? Should the center support a library which is the historical repository of knowledge management resources? What should be open to the community? Can we create a resource center grounded in Creative Commons licensing? Do we need a Knowledge Management focused organization of resources? Is there a need for a physical resource center, or can it all be digitally accessible?

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