Gurteen Knowledge-Letter: Issue 75 - 12th September 2006


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September 2006

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** The Gurteen Knowledge-Letter (Issue 75, 12 September 2006) **

This newsletter may seem a little unbalanced this month as I talk
about little else then video and multimedia. But then it does reflect
my huge interest in this area right now.

The web has matured in the last few years: most people have broad
band access; PCs are faster and have substantial memory and all in
all the technology has hugely improved - this makes the resource
requirements of multimedia less demanding and a host of new
technologies have sprung up. I think one of the hottest is Flash
Video that is becoming more and more prevalent.

I really realized how things had changed when I subscribed to my
first video podcast and downloaded several excellent TEDTalks to my
video iPod and spent an hour that evening in an armchair watching
Jimmy Wales talk about Wikipedia and Mena Trott on blogging. I never
thought I'd want to watch video material on such a small screen but
with interesting content it is brilliant!

My second insight, partially prompted by David Wilcox, was that I
could easily take video interviews of people myself and post them on
my site for almost zero cost and little of my precious time.

These are great knowledge sharing technologies and I would invite you
to look long and hard at them and think about their application
within your organizational context! Enjoy :-)

Jimmy Wale, founder of Wikipedia on TEDTalks

Mena Trott explores the personal side of blogging on TEDTalks

*************************** CONTENTS ***************************

1 - Changes to this newsletter
2 - What is KM? Video Interviews.
3 - Google News Archive Search
4 - Gurteen Conversations
5 - Online Poll: Podcasting?
6 - Media Player Update
7 - Flickr your Events
8 - KM Event Highlights
9 - Lesson of the Month from Fifty Lessons

****************** CHANGES TO THIS NEWSLETTER ******************

There are many changes that I would like to make to this newsletter
but I never seem to quite find the time :-) But I am making a start.

I am doing away with the long events listing at the end of the
letter. It was just getting too long and I never knew what to include
and what to leave out. In its place I am expanding the KM Event
highlights section that highlights only the major KM events around
the world and in particular the ones that I am involved with.

If you wish to see the full event listing you have several choices

1. Keep track of them on my website

2. Register to receive event alerts for your region by e-mail

3. Subscribe to one of regional RSS feeds

I think this is good solution - I hope you do too.

***************** WHAT IS KM? VIDEO INTERVIEWS. *****************

Prompted by a couple of video interviews with David Wilcox; the
Weblog Project and my girlfriends fancy Casio digital camera I
decided to take a series of "What is Knowledge Management" interviews
at the ECKM conference in Budapest a week or so ago.

Given it was spur of the moment and zero experience of doing this I
am absolutely delighted with the results - 14 clips - and plan a
whole load more. Take a look - I think you will enjoy them.


David Wilcox

The Weblog Project

****************** GOOGLE NEWS ARCHIVE SEARCH ******************

I just can't keep up with Google. They have recently released "Google
News Archive Search". This is what the say about it:

News archive search provides an easy way to search and explore
historical archives. Users can search for events, people, ideas and
see how they have been described over time.

In addition to searching for the most relevant articles for their
query, users can get an historical overview of the results by
browsing an automatically created timeline.

Articles related to a single story within a given time period are
grouped together to allow users to see a broad perspective on the


Other interesting stuff from Google

********************* GURTEEN CONVERSATIONS *********************

If you have been following the Gurteen Conversations website then you
will find another multimedia presentation available this month - a
recent knowledge cafe where Jason Bates used Copernicus as the
inspiration for a session exploring KM as a "solar system".


I-T-L who produce these multimedia knowledge assets are currently
looking for Business partners. If you are a consultant or consultancy
who have a client base who you think could benefit from their
services and wish to add to your own value proposition you might like
to contact Brad Meyer at [email protected]

More information on I-T-L

******************* ONLINE POLL: PODCASTING? *******************

In July I posted a on-line poll asking "Whether you thought patents
protected or hindered innovation?

There was only a small response but 55% of you thought patents helped
protect innovation. So about 50:50. I am a little surprised as I find
it hard to see why people would invest in R&D without some form of
patent system.


In keeping with my focus this month I have started a new poll to try
to get some idea of your podcasting listening habits:


********************** MEDIA PLAYER UPDATE **********************

I have spent a lot of time developing the media player that I have
embedded in my website. Its a strange kind of beast as although it
looks like a single media player - it is in fact a hodgepodge of a
number of media players brought in a single seamless environment.

It supports a large range of media formats including YouTube, Google
Video, Windows Media Files etc but I have just been trying to add
support for MP3, podcasting and FLV and SWF formats. This has taken a
lot of research.

I have found a great embeddable mp3 player from Google. This is so
clean and so Google Video like that I don't think I can do better. I
am also experimenting with Wimpy Wasp Player that will play SWFs and
FLVs see here.

And finally I found Odeo - the mp3/podcast equivalent to Google Video
- so now I can not only embed an MP3 player but also a podcast
player!!! Amazing :-)

I am almost at the stage where my player can cope with most of the
standard formats available which is very satisfying. Its looking a
very rich indeed. There is still however a shortage of good KM
material but its growing by the day.

Links to all the above goodies

Media Player

********************** FLICKR YOUR EVENTS **********************

I recently wrote a document for my website that explains how to load
photos up to the Flickr photo website and tag them so everyone can
have access to a single slide show that merges the photos taken by
many different people at a conference or other event.

I wrote this for attendees of the ECKM 2006 conference held in
Budapest. Its a great way of sharing photos of a conference and
captures the heart and the soul of an event so I thought I'd share it
with you :-)

Take a look at the page below - it gives you the instructions you
need and a few examples.

Flickr your Events

ECKM 2006

********************** KM EVENT HIGHLIGHTS **********************

This section highlights some of the major KM events taking place
around the world in the next 3 months and ones in which I am actively
involved. You will find a full list on my website where you can also
subscribe to both regional e-mail alerts and RSS feeds which will
keep you informed of new and upcoming events.


Social Network Tools and their Business Application
20 - 21 Sep 2006, London, United Kingdom
I will be chairing this event - it should prove a great introduction
to the application of Social Tools in business. I am also running a
pe-conference workshop on 'Knowledge Networking'.

The European Knowledge Management Thought Leaders Forum
28 - 29 Sept 2006, London, United Kingdom
Another great yearly KM event that I spoke at last year. This year I
will be facilitating conversations at one of the tables.

CROinfo 2006 Knowledge Management Conference
11 - 13 Oct 2006, Porec, Croatia
I will be giving a keynote and running a knowledge cafe at this event.

KM Asia 2006
07 - 09 Nov 2006, Singapore
Its 3 years since I attended KM Asia so I am delighted to be visiting
Singapore again. I will be giving a talk at this event and running a
workshop. More details nearer the time!

Online Information
28-30 November 2006, London
I will be chairing the Social Tools stream (Dave Pollard is one of
the speakers) and also giving one of the free short floor talks. If
you are at the event come along and say hello.

KC Europe 2006
14 - 16 Nov 2006, Amsterdam, Netherlands
I will be giving a talk and also taking part in the Fringe
sessions.More on this later.

KMAP 2006
11 - 13 Dec 2006, Hong Kong, China
Looks like I will be getting out to Hong Kong too where I will be
running a conference knowledge cafe. My first time to China so eager
to meet lots of people.

************ LESSON OF THE MONTH FROM FIFTY LESSONS ************

This month's 50lessons video has not been updated but if you did not
see it last month - you still have a chance :-)

The lesson is "It Takes Time" from John Stewart - a former director
of McKinsey's.


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