Compendious reflections on VINE's technology inquiries

Date24 October 2008
Publication Date24 October 2008
AuthorMona A. Mohamed,Mirghani S. Mohamed
SubjectInformation & knowledge management
Compendious reflections on
VINE’s technology inquiries
Mona A. Mohamed and Mirghani S. Mohamed
New York Institute of Technology– Bahrain, Adliya, Bahrain
Purpose – This paper aims to integrate and reflect on different ideas about the role of knowledge
management (KM) technology that have been published in VINE. In effect, the paper seeks to relate,
interpret, and synthesize various technology milestones discussed by various authors. It also aims to
discusss the literature that describes technology as an “enabler”, but “not enough”.
Design/methodology/approach – This paper addresses the role and the importance of technology
as appeared in articles in VINE about technology within the last three years. Different ideas from
different authors are compared and contrasted with the general trend in technology advances in the
field of KM.
Findings – Because of the immaturity of KM technology there is still disagreement about its real role
in the KM lifecycle. There is an obvious lack of standardization and generalization about the role of
inter- and/or intra-organization technology transfer today. Although technology has made a quantum
leap in the proportionality of the expressed tacit knowledge, many investigators still believe that
technology is no more than an enabler.
Practical implications – This paper provides useful information as a result of summary and
augmentation of different opinions discussed in this journal about technologies in the last three years.
Originality/value – This paper provides information to researchers and practitioners who need to
know about the practical recent KM technology implementations.
Keywords Communicationtechnologies, Tacit knowledge, ExtensibleMarkup Language,
Worldwide web,Semantics
Paper type Literature review
The dialog between technology proponents and knowledge management (KM)
practitioners has no;t been easy, particularly during the first KM generations. The
main raison d’e
ˆtre is that technology cannot and may not be able to reflect the entirety
of tacit knowledge. But, this criticism started to fade way as technology made
noticeable advancements in the area of artificial intelligence, neural networks, natural
languages, grid networking, and object-oriented databases and applications.
The Very Information Newsletter (VINE) literature on technology started at the
inception of the journal in 1971, where the first computerization of catalogs took place.
Then computers such as Digico Micro 16P were used for checking the status of patrons
and the validity of books codes, cataloguing, and indexing. At that time, IBM 360
computer with storage not more than 24 k was used to create MARC records, where
most prestigious universities cannot afford to own more than one machine. Today with
technologies such as SAN and RAID giant organizations are able to send and store
The current issue and full text archive of this journal is available at
VINE: The journal of information and
knowledge management systems
Vol. 38 No. 4, 2008
pp. 388-397
qEmerald Group Publishing Limited
DOI 10.1108/03055720810917642

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