Do I Know Where I Am Going and Why? Connecting Social Knowledge for Governance and Urban Action

Journal of Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics, Vol. 9, No. 5, 2011

12 Pages Posted: 17 Jan 2012

See all articles by Susu Nousala

Susu Nousala

Aalto University; University of Melbourne

Amir Morris

Kororoit Institute

William P. Hall

University of Melbourne - Melbourne School of Engineering; Kororoit Institute

Roger Hadgraft

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: October 1, 2011

Abstract

This paper seeks to expand our focus to understand how communities can assemble and manage knowledge to support more rational decisions regarding government services and actions in the community environment. We focus on the knowledge transfer interface between communities and urban councils, with a view to extending theoretical understanding of such transfers, and the socio-technical knowledge support systems interfacing between action groups and councils. Utilizing theory from several previous domains we discuss how science does not exist in a vacuum. It is surrounded by philosophy, theology (although not always popular to recognize today) and art as a beginning. These diverse areas have undergone parallel developments and as they do so the tools and techniques to investigate and explore these areas have also progressed in parallel. Following the movement of the modern western world this paper utilizes a broad comparison using science, branches of mathematics, philosophy and art, with additional comparisons with theology. Knowledge management - an often abused expression - is more than just data collection, information presentation, or simple pathways beyond this. Rather it involves the efficient juxtaposition of background information and the value adding of presentation to enhance explicit understanding in a dynamic manner. This paper goes one step further than normally considered, by investigating approaches to cognition in the data management areas and human cognition requirements and advantages. As society evolves, the requirements for successful presentation of data evolve, and yet the raw data amounts can also be effectively presented in new and more compressed manners. So the total information presented can actually increase exponentially and may become easier to understand. Finally explicit modern examples are utilized to demonstrate the effect of the altered approaches through the distinct time periods and a simple juxtaposition of the technological tools available in each period are utilized to enhance the data presentations. The end results are considered and the effect that the technology may have made to the recording and use of the data and it's transmission as data, information or knowledge evaluated, and a suggested model for overall efficiency of knowledge management presented in conclusion.

Keywords: community knowledge networks, governance and knowledge transfer interface, philosophy of knowledge development

Suggested Citation

Nousala, Susu and Morris, Amir and Hall, William P. and Hadgraft, Roger, Do I Know Where I Am Going and Why? Connecting Social Knowledge for Governance and Urban Action (October 1, 2011). Journal of Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics, Vol. 9, No. 5, 2011, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1986765

Susu Nousala (Contact Author)

Aalto University ( email )

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Aalto, FI-00076
Finland

University of Melbourne ( email )

Parkville
Melbourne, 3000
Australia

Amir Morris

Kororoit Institute ( email )

127 Power Street
St Albans, Vic. 3021
Australia

William P. Hall

University of Melbourne - Melbourne School of Engineering ( email )

185 Pelham Street
Carlton, Victoria 3053
Australia

HOME PAGE: http://www.orgs-evolution-knowledge.net

Kororoit Institute ( email )

127 Power Street
St Albans, Vic. 3021
Australia

HOME PAGE: http://kororoit.org

Roger Hadgraft

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

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