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UNESCO National Commissions as Knowledge Brokers. Training Workshop for Documentalists of National Commissions of the Caribbean Castries, St. Lucia, 1-3 December 2004 A xel Plathe UNESCO, Information Society Division n a .plathe @unesco.org. What is a Knowledge Broker?.

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Unesco national commissions as knowledge brokers

UNESCO National Commissions as Knowledge Brokers

Training Workshop for Documentalists ofNationalCommissions of the CaribbeanCastries, St. Lucia, 1-3 December 2004

Axel Plathe

UNESCO, Information Society Divisionn

[email protected]


Unesco national commissions as knowledge brokers

What is aKnowledge Broker?

“An intermediary that links the people who use knowledge and those who create it”


Key functions of natcoms

Key functions of Natcoms

Constitution of UNESCO (Article VII)/ Charter of National Commissions


Information functions

Natcom> Country (internal “clients”)

Inform national agencies & institutions of GC/Ex Board conclusions & recommendations

Disseminate findings of studies and reports

Translate, adapt and disseminate UNESCO publications/documents in national languages

Arouse public interest in UNESCO

Disseminate information on UNESCO (mass media and the general public)

Provide a channel for disseminating information obtained from other countries

Information functions


Information functions1

Natcoms> Secretariat

Inform the Secretariat on national requirements and priorities

Make their views known when surveys or inquiries are carried out

Provide knowledge on national expertise (e.g. consultants)

Information functions


Information channels

Information channels

National

International

BroadPublic

UNESCO (HQ & Field)

Massmedia

National Commission

Other IGOs & NGOs

Government & institutions

Other Natcoms

State agencies and services, professional and other associations, universities and other centres of research and education, and other institutions concerned with education, the sciences, culture and information


Information flows

Information flows

Information creators

Information user

NationalCommissions

Secretariat(HQ & field)

Information users

Information creators


Types of information

Documents

Databases

Directories

Newsletter

Expertise in given areas

Institutional (e.g. universities)

Individual (e.g. consultants, experts)

Best practices

Types of information

Your suggestions


Tools

Online

E-mail lists

Blogs

Websites

Content managementsystems (CMS)

Tools

A weblog, or simply a blog, is a web application which contains periodic, reverse chronologically ordered posts on a common webpage. Such a Web site would typically be accessible to any Internet user.

Your suggestions


Tools1

Off-line

Paper publications (e.g.montly/yearly reports)

Documentation centres & libraries

Meetings

Tools

Your suggestions


Needs

Information resources

Needs

  • UNESCO official documents

  • UNESCO publications

UNESDOC/UNESBIB

  • News services (on/off line)

Your suggestions


Needs1

Human capacities

«Information literacy»

Knowledge manager expertise

Documentalist/librarian expertise

Web expertise

Needs

Your suggestions?


Needs2

Technical tools

CDS/ISIS

UNESCO Thesaurus

Internet connection

E-mail tools

CMS (Master website for Natcoms)

Needs

Your suggestions


Information or knowledge

Information or Knowledge?

Information

Information can be considered as a message. It typically has a sender and a receiver. Information is the sort of stuff that can, at least potentially, be saved onto a computer. Data is a type of information that is structured, but has not been interpreted.

Knowledge

Knowledge might be described as information that has a use or purpose. Whereas information can be placed onto a computer, knowledge exists in the heads of people. Knowledge is information to which an intent has been attached.


Knowledge management

Seeks to make the best use of the knowledge that is available to an organization

Creates new knowledge in the process

Knowledge Management

"Knowledge Management caters to the critical issues of organizational adaptation, survival, and competence in face of increasingly discontinuous environmental change....

Essentially, it embodies organizational processes that seek synergistic combination of data and information processing capacity of information technologies, and the creative and innovative capacity of human beings.“

http://www.kmnetwork.com


Unesco national commissions as knowledge brokers

Knowledge Management

Organizational process

Synergisticcombination

Data and information processing capacity of IT

Creative and innovative capacity of human beings

Natcoms ?


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