Corporate Eye

Knowledge Sharing Goes Virtual

One of my past posts covered Knowledge Management (KM). One of KM’s issues is sharing knowledge. Well, leave it to some creative web developers to design web-based knowledge sharing applications. Over the recent past, I’ve noticed a proliferation in the number of sites that allow you to access documents, presentations, videos and even books, mostly for free. These sites also allow you to post your own masterpieces.

Let me review some of the better sites.

One of the first sites I found is Scribd

This is a “kitchen sink”: you can search on just about any topic and find something, though the search engine is a bit funky. The first 10-20 results are relevant but as you go further down the list, some of the results are a stretch. Nevertheless, you are able to get some valuable resources. I found a complete book on Corporate Governance.

You do have to register to download and upload, but you don’t get annoying emails.

A newcomer is Google’s Knol

Since it is new, the inventory is not as robust as Scribd. But with Google’s reputation, Knol is likely to eventually be the top performer.

One that I like is DocStoc. Results from the search are good. While I was writing this, I downloaded a document. They also display related results. You do have to register but worth it.

Here are a few more kitchen sinks — Squidoo and PdfGeni.

Seems that academia has caught the trend too–

There is AllAcademic decent search results, access to some online journals and research tips. If you need more scholarly research this is a good site.

Another good source of scholarly research is the Social Science Research Network (SSRN). This is a premier site. Well organized, wide variety of subject matter and may research reports that have been published in journals. Registration required.

There are more of these Knowledge Sharing sites. If you’ve found worthy sites, please post and share your findings.

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Ed Konczal has an MBA from New York University's Stern School of Business (with distinction). He has spent the last 10 years as an executive consultant focusing on human resources, leadership, market research, and business planning. Ed has over 10 years of top-level experience from AT&T in the areas of new ventures and business planning. He is co-author of the book "Simple Stories for Leadership Insight," published by University Press of America.