Monday, August 26, 2002

Status Report : SynapShots :
* SynapShots is taking a break.
* Citations will resume on September 4th.
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Sunday, August 25, 2002

Article : Knowledge is a Noun, Learning is a Verb : By Ian Herbert, Senior Lecturer at the University of Derby - "As the business world becomes increasingly littered with buzzwords and jargon, students must be careful that any terms are used correctly when answering examination questions. This article attempts to demystify the concepts behind some of the popular terms … By the end of the article you should understand: the concept of the knowledge-based corporation and the significance of intellectual capital; the difference between data, information, knowledge and learning; how knowledge might be managed; what is meant by the ‘learning organisation’; the role of management accounting in learning."
* Go to Knowledge is a Noun, Learning is a Verb
* Source: Originally encountered on the Ecademy e-Business network
Article : The Approaching Age of Virtual Nations : By Mike Dillard and Janet Hennard – July/August 2002 - "Virtual nations (v-nations) are online masses of individuals, unified by a common cause or ideology, that mirror real nations in the inclusion of and progression toward leadership, laws, power, security, monetary systems, and other elements. They will act as both a threat to and a hope for global resource allocation, cooperation, and security. The accessibility and technical infrastructure of the Internet gives such groups the tools to quickly amass tremendous collective power: For instance, in its 14-month existence, the Lifecast community rapidly aggregated enough wealthy, influential members to form an entity that would have ranked 23rd among the world's economies. V-nations need to be organized around a leader who will rally others to a significant cause and glue them together using the communications access offered by the Internet. V-nations with enough power and sway could acquire and form services and agencies designed to benefit their citizenry--stock exchanges, health-care facilities, security forces, educational centers, airlines, financial institutions, and even land. The sinister aspects of v-nations are demonstrated by al-Qaeda, which used the Internet to grow from a nationless band of far-flung extremists into a world-spanning terrorist organization with formidable economic resources and horrific destructive power. The emergence of v-nations will wreak profound changes: Citizenship will no longer be grounded in geography or restricted to one organization, and many people's allegiances will shift toward the virtual entity; the quality of life could improve, since v-nations allow people to go outside inadequate laws to obtain health care and other benefits, which could lead to the adoption of a virtual currency. Networked societies such as v-nations are seen as a natural evolutionary trend, but the real test will be whether they can share the stage with traditional nations."
* Go to The Approaching Age of Virtual Nations
* Source: Originally encountered on the Ecademy e-Business network
Book (Forthcoming) : Intangible Assets : Edited by John Hand, University of North Carolina, and Baruch Lev, New York University; Target publication date: September 2002 - "Wealth and growth in today's economies are driven primarily by intangible assets. Physical and financial assets are rapidly becoming commoditites, yielding at best a competitive return on investment. Abnormal profits, dominant market position and even temporary monopolies are most effectively achieved by the sound deployment of intangible assets. The aim of this book is to bring together the best research and thinking in this exciting and rapidly emerging area."
* Go to Intangible Assets
e-Newsletter : SCONUL Newsletter : "aims to bring together articles, reports and news stories from practitioners in order to generate debate and promote good practice in the National Libraries and the University and College sector."
* Articles are downloadable in PDF and RTF formats
* A selection of articles from the current issue (Spring 2002):
- Learning at work: the CLIP experience, Alison Mackenzie
- Mentoring, Antony Brewerton
- ILT the institute for learning and teaching in higher education, Andrea L T Rayner
- Supporting e-learning at the University of Birmingham - Ruth Jenkins
* Go to SCONUL Newsletter, published by the Society of College, National and University Libraries (SCONUL)
Futurist : Futurist.com : Hosted by Glen Hiemstra - "To some people in the early 21st Century the world seems to have spun out of control. We are being asked with interesting regularity, is there hope? Can you count on the future any more? Can you plan it, create it? Can you choose a preferred future, for yourself, perhaps your business, your community? Within this site you’ll find explorations of these kinds of questions…and the belief that the future is something we do."
* Content is organized into the following sections : Future Bookstore, Future News Flash, Interact, Portal to the Future, Programs and Services (articles, books, keynotes, preferred future & scenario planning, seminars, and think tanks)
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