No knowledge but through information

  • William Jones University of Washington
Keywords: personal information management (PIM), personal knowledge management (PKM)

Abstract

This article argues for the following: 1. Information is a thing to be handled and controlled; knowledge is not. 2. Knowledge can be managed only indirectly, through the management of information. 3. Personal knowledge management (PKM) is, therefore, best regarded as a subset of personal information management (PIM) – but a very useful subset addressing important issues that otherwise might be overlooked.

Author Biography

William Jones, University of Washington
William Jones is a Research Associate Professor in the Information School at the University of Washington where he manages the Keeping Found Things Found group (kftf.ischool.washington.edu). He has published in the areas of personal information management (PIM), human-computer interaction, information retrieval and cognitive psychology. Prof. Jones wrote the book "Keeping Found Things Found: The Study and Practice of Personal Information Management" and also edited the book "Personal Information Management" (with co-editor Jaime Teevan). Prof. Jones received his doctorate from Carnegie-Mellon University for research into human memory.
Published
2010-09-02
How to Cite
Jones, W. (2010). No knowledge but through information. First Monday, 15(9). https://doi.org/10.5210/fm.v15i9.3062