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?.
What is aKnowledge Broker?
“An intermediary that links the people who use knowledge and those who create it”
Constitution of UNESCO (Article VII)/ Charter of National Commissions
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 countriesInformation functions
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
UNESCO (HQ & Field)
Other IGOs & NGOs
Government & institutions
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
Secretariat(HQ & field)
Expertise in given areas
Institutional (e.g. universities)
Individual (e.g. consultants, experts)
Best practicesTypes of information
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.
Paper publications (e.g.montly/yearly reports)
Documentation centres & libraries
Knowledge manager expertise
CMS (Master website for Natcoms)Needs
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 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.
Seeks to make the best use of the knowledge that is available to an organization
Creates new knowledge in the processKnowledge 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.“
Knowledge Management available to an organization
Data and information processing capacity of IT
Creative and innovative capacity of human beings