Knowledge

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This page is one of the most important pages on the Cosma Web site. Cosma is founded upon the premise that when Knowledge Resources are systematically identified, intuitively (re)organized, and then presented in a spatial format, everyone can master finding them quickly and easily. This premise has driven the development of Cosma. Of course, doing this involved thouroughly understanding a lot about “Knowledge” (e.g. Knowledge Management, Knowledge Theory, Knowledge Organization etc.) in fact, this ended up requiring treating “Knowledge” as the discipline that it can be, in and of itself, and that is represented in the page below. 1

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Cosma provides access to content resources organized around these basic elements of a Communication System: Media (channel), Knowledge (message), Human (sender/receiver) and Noise (interference). See also Outline (Site Map)

In addition, Cosma tends to focus on “Knowledge” resources.

The “DIKW Hierarchy”, also known variously as the “Wisdom Hierarchy”, the “Knowledge Hierarchy”, the “Information Hierarchy”, and the “Knowledge Pyramid”, refers loosely to a class of models for representing structural and/or functional relationships between the content of communication (data, information, knowledge, and wisdom). — Wikipedia

Most writers about the hierarchy refer to this passage from T. S. Eliot’s The Rock.

Where is the Life we have lost in living?
Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge?
Where is the knowledge we have lost in information? — T.S. Eliot, The Rock

Russell Ackoff popularized the hierarchy to categorize the content of communication.
From data to wisdom (Russell L. Ackoff, Journal of Applies Systems Analysis)
The wisdom of the world: Messages for the new millennium (Russell L. Ackoff, The Futurist)
On passing through 80 (Russell L. Ackoff, Systemic practice and action research)

See Data, Information, Knowledge and Wisdom

Resources

These are organized by a classification scheme developed exclusively for Cosma. More…

General

Portal

Knowledge Resources Page (Cosma, You are here!)

Dictionary

knowledge : the sum of what is known : the body of truth, information, and principles acquired by humankind — Webster See also OneLook, Free Dictionary, Wiktionary

Thesaurus

Roget’s II (Thesaurus.com), Merriam-Webster Thesaurus, Visuwords

Encyclopedia

Knowledge is a familiarity with someone or something, that can include descriptions, facts, information, and/or skills acquired through experience or education. It can refer to both the theoretical or practical understanding of a subject. It can be implicit (as with practical skill or expertise) or explicit (as with the theoretical understanding of a subject); and it can be more or less formal or systematic. In philosophy, the study of knowledge is called epistemology, and the philosopher Plato famously defined knowledge as “justified true belief.” There is however no single agreed upon definition of knowledge, and there are numerous theories to explain it. — Wikipedia

Encyclopædia Britannica

Outline

Outline of Knowledge (Mary E. Hopper, Cosma)
Outline of Knowledge (Wikipedia)

Preservation

History

History of Knowledge (Piero Scaruffi)
The Geography of Knowledge in Assyria and Babylonia: A Diachronic Analysis of Four Scholarly Libraries (University of Cambridge)
A Social History of Knowledge: From Gutenberg to Diderot (Burke, P., 2000)

Timeline of Knowledge (History World)

Quotation

Quotations Page

Museum

Knowledge and Learning (The British Museum)
Museum of Knowledge, Corbusier’s dream project that failed (The Tribute of India

Library

WorldCat, Library of Congress, UPenn Online Books, Open Library

Bibliography

Knowledge (John Turri, Oxford Bibliographies)

Participation

Education

International Baccalaureate (IB)

Course

MIT IAP 2000 Knowledge Systems 101: From Alexandria to Hitchhiker’s Guide (Hopper)
Open Education Consortium

Community

knowledge community (Gartner IT Glossary), Knowledge community (Wikipedia)

Book

ISBNdb

Government

Document

USA.gov

Expression

Fun

Useless facts and funny unnecessary knowledge (Try this! 🙂

Game

Game of Knowledge (Amazon)

Arts

Defining Knowledge Art (Open Compendium)

Poem

The Rock (T. S. Eliot), OEDILF: The Omnificent English Dictionary In Limerick Form

Music

Song Lyrics

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Notes

1.   One stop in the saga of Mary E. Hopper’s mission to understand “Knowledge” as a discipline took her to MIT where she developed and presented this short course during her Post Doc in Comparative Media Studies.
Hopper, M. E. (2000, January). Knowledge systems 101: From Alexandria to Hitchhiker’s Guide [Short Course]. Independent Activity Period (IAP), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA.