Dynamic Knowledge Repositories (DKR) offer a snapshot at any given moment of the state of the knowledge related to a specific subject. The DKR can serve as a metric of how well the process of gathering, categorizing and analysis of information is working. The DKR is an integrated knowledge domain, providing the current state of the frontier [leading edge ideas and practices] for that domain, via dynamic integration of any new data observations, questions, proposals, and challenges that reflect the current state of the frontier.

A DKR should also be a viewing mechanism for portraying multiple views of the information, from multiple viewpoints, from multiple people who are stewarding that DKR. DKRs could be structured so they integrate with other DKRs to integrate interdisciplinary Dynamic Knowledge Repositories. Standards and protocols allow people to tag phrases, paragraphs, or citations in order to embed and link to other systems in different knowledge domains, similar to standardized library systems. Discernible argument structure with linked citations to the specific passages that are components of the structure help to determine whether or not to accept an assertion made. Data can be tagged to show a particular classification.

A few examples of data types include:

• Fact

• Argument

• Hypothesis

• Evidence

• Research

• Observation

• Discussion

• Question

Dynamic Knowledge Repositories not only store and link data, but include tools that allow users to integrate, manipulate, and edit that data in unique and powerful ways. In order to create Dynamic Knowledge Repositories, groups of people record their communications, work processes, and research, and continually reflect on not only WHAT they were working on but HOW they were working. My hypothesis is that evermore effective Dynamic Knowledge Repositories will be central to improving a community’s collective IQ—essentially the capability—in dealing with a complex problem, for providing the best, up-to-date understanding of the current state of both the problem and its solution efforts. DKR updates might change the direction, future thinking, decisions, etc., for a project.

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