I have been asked to be part of the Programme Committee for the ‘1st International Workshop on Personal Knoweldge Management‘ (PKM2009), that will be part of the 5th international conference on KM, called WM2009, in Solothurn, Switzerland next spring.
PKM has been an interest of mine for a long time. In 2004 and 2005 I organized some sessions about it, amongst others with Lilia Efimova and Piers Young on KM Europe in Amsterdam, as well as BlogWalk sessions.
Since then I have come to see the topic more in terms of personal information-strategies, networking strategies, networked learning, and boundaries and balances in work and other more private activities. All in all a rich subject. (One that I will be addressing on several conferences this fall, like Shift next month in Lisbon, and Online Educa in Berlin in December)
Perhaps this Call for Papers is of interest to you, and is it connected to your work or research.
Here is the (long!) Call for Papers for the PKM2009 Workshop:
March 25, 2009 – March 27, 2009
Solothurn, Switzerland
Part of the Conference on Professional Knowledge Management (WM 2009)
=== Dates ===
* October 31, 2008: Submission of workshop papers
* December 15, 2008: Notification of authors about acceptance/rejection
* January 10, 2009: Submission of camera-ready papers
=== Introduction ===
Knowledge Management (KM) deals with creating and exchanging knowledge
within groups of persons in organisational contexts. The potentials and
needs of the individual is often not in the focus of KM efforts, although
no-one would deny that the individual as knowledge bearer, -user and
-creator is naturally the most essential part of knowledge management. The
main goal of PKM is make the individual more productive – and thereby the
organisation as a whole.
The term Personal Knowledge Management (PKM) has two main dimensions:
* Personal Knowledge – Ultimately, all knowledge is personal knowledge.
Following the tradition of Nonaka & Takeuchi’s spiral model (and later Ba
model) knowledge resides partially in the minds of people and can
partially be codified as external artefacts. PKM investigates the use of
methods and tools to amplify the abilities of the individual to work
better with knowledge. E.g. recall previously learned knowledge faster (or
at all) when it is required model personal knowledge and beliefs with
external modelling tools to derive new insights (MS Excel is often used
for this today) strategies for filing ideas to retrieve them when needed
* Personal Management – Management is a systematic approach to define goals,
measure, define and execute actions and repeat this control loop until the
goal is reached. Different from traditional management, in personal
management one has to manage oneself. This involves the problem of
fulfilling two roles (executing and managing) and learning when and how to
switch between them. Typical management problems in PKM are e.g. time and
task management matching work habits with personal productivity level
variations investing time into personal learning and PKM improvements
work-life balance
=== Audience ===
We invite practitioners and academic researchers alike to collaborate on
the interdisciplinary topic of PKM. Academic researchers might come from
KM-related disciplines such as economics, computer science, education
science, business informatics, or information sciences but to explore the
individual aspects also contributions from fields such as cognitive
psychology, brain science and HCI are invited. Practitioners might work as
consultants, tool vendors, or user in knowledge-intensive industries. We
invite especially pragmatic early adopters and interested students. No
submission to the workshop is required in order to participate. We will
run a lighting talk round to collect the positions of all participants.
=== Research questions ===
How can an individual effectively and efficiently use external tools to
amplify his abilities to handle knowledge in large quantities and /or with
high complexity? How can the individual support, structure and improve his
personal knowledge management and individual knowledge
creation,-modelling, -usage and -development? How can the conflict between
personal goals (e.g. motivation) and the goals of an organisation (e.g.
efficient knowledge sharing, productivity) be tackled or even resolved?
Foundational questions such as
* theoretical foundations of PKM (e.g. from cognitive psychology, cognitive
ergonomics, etc.),
* extension of established KM-methods with PKM-specific aspects,
* results from work sciences about characteristics of and potential for
support of individual knowledge work,
* legal questions (e.g. which knowledge must be shared or may not be shared,
privacy issues arising from user observation by tools)
* relations of PKM to related topics (e. g. ePortfolio and competence/skill
management and development),
* methods for self-management and PKM key competencies (e.g. time
management, task management, stress management, social networking).
Methods and tools such as
* those for personal knowledge articulation (e.g. knowledge mapping,
editable visualisations, step-wise formalisation),
* personal wikis, semantics desktop, personal storage and search solutions,
* extending PIM tools and methods for PKM, creativity tools and personal
idea management,
* innovative use of new technologies (e.g. mobile devices, speech
recognition, ePaper),
* the link from personal to shared knowledge models,
* tools for computer-supported personal work (CSPW) in contrast to and
combination with CSCW.
Applications and case studies such as
* long-term studies,
* lab experiments,
* products and best practices,
* evaluation of personal knowledge work and supporting tools
=== Goals ===
The PKM 2009 workshop marks the begin of a workshop series aiming to
provide a forum to discuss in an interdisciplinary fashion all aspects of
PKM in theory and practice. By reflecting critically and building on
existing practitioner (consultants, tool vendors, early adaptors)
experiences and research results we aim to establish PKM as a sub-field of
=== Submissions ===
We invite submissions
* up to 8-10 pages
* LNI style (http://www.gi-ev.de/service/publikationen/lni/)
* in German or English,
* dealing with any of the above mentioned topics.
To stimulate a rich, interdisciplinary discussion we expect explicitly not
only formal scientific papers but also position papers, overview articles,
tool descriptions, case studies, etc. The type of work and current status
has to be clearly indicated, e.g. in a chapter “future work”, “status of
implementation” or “limitations”.
We can accept only submissions in PDF-Format via the WM conference
management system (http://www.km-conference2009.org/submissions.php).
For each accepted paper at least one author has to register at the
conference and present the paper in the workshop. Participation in the
workshop without a submitted or accepted paper is invited, too. Each
workshop participant must be registered at the WM conference.
Every submission is reviewed by at least two Program Committee members.
The reviews are mostly intended as a quality control and -improvement and
less as a selection procedure. Each presenter in the workshop is expected
to read another submission critically (and constructive!) to ask in-depth
questions at the workshop and to provide a counter position to launch
lively discussions.
All papers will be published as CEUR proceedings. A selected subset (based
on reviewers comments) will be published additionally as printed LNI
=== Workshop Format ===
We hope to get enough high-quality submissions to run a full-day workshop
– investigating a new interdisciplinary topic requires a larger proportion
of discussion than in established fields. Submissions will be presented as
long talks, short talks and lightning talks (position statements of
participants without papers). Each presenter gets assigned beforehand a
“challenger” to stimulate a critical and constructive discussion.
Some time of the workshop is reserved for group discussion to clarify and
consolidate terms, topics and goals of participants.
=== Program Committee ===
* Prof. Marco Bettoni-de Vries, Fernfachhochschule Schweiz (CH)
* Dr. Ernst Biesalski, EnBW AG, Karlsruhe (D)
* Magdalena Böttger, netvibes.com, München (D)
* Lilia Efimova, Telematica Instituut, Enschede (NL)
* Ludger van Elst, DFKI GmbH Kaiserslautern (D)
* Anja Flicker, Reinisch GmbH Karlsruhe, (D)
* Prof. Dr. Stefan Güldenberg, WU Wien (A) confirmation pending
* Dr. Siegfried Handschuh, DERI Galway (IE)
* Prof. Dr. Martin Eppler, Universität Lugano (CH)
* Dr. Claudia Müller, Universität Potsdam (D)
* Dr. Eyal Oren, VU Amsterdam (NL) confirmation pending
* Dr. Uwe Riss, SAP Research, CEC Karlsruhe (D)
* Martin Roell, Dresden (D)
* Leo Sauermann, DFKI GmbH, Kaiserslautern (D)
* Swaran Sandhu, Universität Luzern (CH) confirmation pending
* Dr. Sigmar-Olaf Tergan, ex Institut für Wissensmedien, Tübingen (D)
* Denny Vrandecic, Institut AIFB, Universität Karlsruhe (D)
* Dr. Reinhard Willfort, innovation (AT)
* Ton Zijlstra, independent consultant, Enschede (NL)
=== Contact & Organisation ===
Max Völkel, Heiko Haller, Andreas Abecker
Mail Abt. Wissensmanagement
FZI Forschungszentrum Informatik
at Karlsruhe Institue of Technology
Haid-und-Neu-Str. 10-14
D-76131 Karlsruhe
Tel +49 721 9654 854
Fax +49 721 9654 855
Mail voelkel AT fzi.de
URL http://www.fzi.de/ipe

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2 reactions on “Call for Papers: Personal KM Workshop, Switzerland, March 2009

  1. Ton,
    Good to see that you are still exploring the whole PKM thing! Really enjoyed those two days we shared at KM Europe all those years ago. I’ve sort of drifted away from KM to learning and specifically technology enabled learning (inc. e-learning). However I am finally about to launch a new web site on Smartworking which is aimed at helping knowledge workers be more effective. Will e-mail you when the site is up – will be pretty basic initially but hopefully it might develop into a genuinely useful and hopefully insightful resource. Have thought about doing Educa in Berlin – I see you are heading there too.
    John Curran

  2. Hi John, good to hear from you!
    I must say that I too have been focussing on learning a lot (most of my current projects are in the area of communities of practice, informal learning situations in formal organisations), as well as knowledge worker effectivity. When people ask me what I look at as a consultant I mention knowledge work, learning and social media.
    Yes I would be interested to hear more about smartworking when the site goes live!
    Indeed will be in Berlin early December for Educa. Got invited as a speaker there. Would be fun if we could meet up there.

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