Darin Stewart

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Knowledge Transfer the U.S. Army Way

by Darin Stewart  |  May 7, 2013  |  2 Comments

Most organizations recognize, at some level, that creating and sharing knowledge is a worthy endeavor. Unfortunately, efforts to promote knowledge sharing rarely go beyond mission and value statements displayed in the break room and silk-screened on coffee mugs. Organizations want to do it, they just don’t know how. It is ironic that while there is [...]

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The Innovation Lessons of Craft Beer

by Darin Stewart  |  September 21, 2012  |  Comments Off

I have a deep and abiding love of craft beer.  Fortunately, I live in Portland Oregon, epicenter of the craft brewing movement.  Our fair city boasts 55 craft breweries and counting.  Where other cities offer siteseeing tours, we have brewery tours.  These are not drunken pub crawls.  They are educational vehicles for the aspiring beer [...]

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Leveraging Expertise Beyond The Enterprise

by Darin Stewart  |  May 8, 2012  |  Comments Off

I recently received an invitation to attend the VIVO Implementation Fest being held this month in Boulder Colorado. VIVO is an open source, expertise discovery platform for the semantic web. It enables the discovery of research and scholarship across disciplinary and administrative boundaries including across institutions. It does this through interlinked public, profiles of people [...]

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Cloud Content Management Is Not A Cure-All

by Darin Stewart  |  May 2, 2012  |  1 Comment

I am not yet fully converted to the gospel of Cloud Content Management. The data center is undeniably in decline, but it’s not quite dead yet. Despite the evangelism of cloud-oriented vendors, moving things off-premises is not always a good idea. This is especially true for content management.  Don’t get me wrong. In many cases [...]

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It’s time for taxonomy

by Darin Stewart  |  October 12, 2011  |  4 Comments

I’ve been writing and speaking about taxonomies and metadata for a little over a decade.  In the early days, my audiences consisted mostly of library science refugees seeking shelter in corporate IT departments.  I considered myself lucky if there were a dozen people in the room.  Last week I attended the annual Microsoft SharePoint Conference [...]

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From Taxonomy to Managed Vocabularies

by Darin Stewart  |  May 24, 2011  |  2 Comments

You may have noticed in my last post that I’ve started avoiding using the word “taxonomy.” In its place, I’ve started referring to these hierarchically organized sets of common terms as “managed vocabularies.” This may seem odd in light of the fact that I wrote a book called Building Enterprise Taxonomies but the switch is [...]

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Metadata for the Masses

by Darin Stewart  |  May 19, 2011  |  2 Comments

I’ve been playing with a new core feature of Microsoft’s SharePoint 2010, the Managed Metadata Service.  The MMS has at its heart the idea of managing terms and keywords and applying them to documents. So, metadata and taxonomy. Now, were I a product manager or marketing executive for Microsoft, I would be hard pressed to [...]

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Knowing What You Know – Part 2: Explicit Profiling

by Darin Stewart  |  April 27, 2011  |  1 Comment

Chances are, you know more about high school classmates you haven’t seen in 20 years than you do about the colleagues and coworkers spread across your company.  People will lovingly craft elaborate profiles on Facebook, detailing out their every interest and activity for the past decade, but have a difficult time writing a one paragraph [...]

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Knowing What You Know: Expertise Discovery & Management

by Darin Stewart  |  April 19, 2011  |  2 Comments

Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Lew Platt once famously quipped “If only HP knew what HP knows, we would be three times more efficient.” This is the perennial problem of the hidden expert. Most of the real “know-how” in an organization floats around in the form of tacit knowledge. That is, information that is not formally captured [...]

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The Benevolent Dictator Principle

by Darin Stewart  |  April 4, 2011  |  1 Comment

A few years ago, media incubator NewAssignment.net partnered with Wired magazine in a decidedly meta project called Assignment Zero.  The idea was to use crowdsourcing to produce an in depth study of crowdsourcing.  NewAssignment would “have a crowd of volunteers write the definitive report on how crowds of volunteers are upending established businesses, from software [...]

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