Tuesday, December 04, 2007


Enterprise Architecture and Knowledge Proliferation

James Tarbell always talks about the knowledge crisis in large enterprises. I figured it would be a good opportunity to discuss the notion of knowledge proliferation...

Knowledge Proliferation has been the method used by those who have survived as a result of what they know and do. Knowledge spreads when mankind seeks survival which causes folks to focus not on what is important but on what is more important including:

  • Communication: To say, speak, paint, sculpt, engrave, to monument, and to write.

  • Invention of Tools and Devices: in order To carry, dig, plant, hunt and make war, and build.

  • Exploration : In search of water, food, companions, or to trade and to satisfy curiosity.

  • Rational reasoning: About the concepts of self, others, his surroundings including plants, animals, earth, sky, supernatural, location, time, building knowledge upon knowledge, developing and integrating concepts internally.

  • Over time one will realize that knowledge is neither created nor preserved via focus on heavyweight process but by focusing on methods including language, illustration and through stories.

    Knowledge, once it is formed and categorized in contemporary minds and documents and included, combined and filtered with the objects passed on to us from the past (such as books, writings, data processings, etc., is evolving, generating new discoveries and fixing new knowledge. This knowledge set is spread rapidly in information friendly environments while slower or not at all in indifferent or hostile environments. An important factor worth considering is the guardianship and shielding of knowledge and information whether for protection or for proprietary reasons. Knowledge and information is subject to being irretrievable and thereby becoming lost to succeeding generations.

    For the widest possible proliferation, information should be generally and openly available, and distributed physically and copies maintained independent of political or social restrictions. Laws which restrict the proliferation of knowledge by posing such knowledge as property and therefore subject to political control will prove to be counter to productivity and should be avoided where reasonable...

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