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Personal knowledge management

Created: Oct 30, 2021. Last updated: Oct 30, 2021.

Knowledge management as defined as systems to capture, create, store, distribute and use knowledge 1. Personal knowledge management then is such a system for personal use. Wright (2005) adds to this: "to enhance the effectiveness, productivity and innovation of individual workers"2

Personally, I like to think of it more along the lines of the way Ahrens describes it (Sonke Ahrens - How to Take Smart Notes (2017)Sonke Ahrens - How to Take Smart Notes (2017)
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), as a tool for better thinking through externalization.

There are various tools for different aspects of PKM. I use ObsidianObsidian
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. I share some of my notes in a more cleaned-up version in this online digital gardenDigital garden
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  1. Davenport & Prusak (1998) Working Knowledge: How organizations manage what they know, HBS Press. Google Books 

  2. Wright (2005) Personal knowledge management: supporting individual knowledge worker performance, Knowledge Management Research & Practice, 3:3. doi