I’ve posted a few thoughts on AU’s Landing about how I manage information. I specifically use the term information instead of knowledge. Our encounter with information is one of sensemaking and wayfinding. We encounter a continual flow of information – most of it will never become “knowledge”. We file it, we share it, we cite it. Knowledge, however, requires more than storing information. For something to be knowledge, we must be personally related to it – we must integrate it with what we currently know. We spend most of our day trying to make sense of the world – in my case, emerging technologies, learning, institutional change, and so on. Most of my sensemaking efforts involve managing information flow. Much less of my time involves knowledge: tagging resources, posting to delicious, or tweeting don’t count as knowledge-making. Knowledge-making is the process of integration, of seeking coherence between what we know and what we encounter, and performing some action.
My information management system is diagramed below: