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Knowledge mechanics and its temporal nature

Ubiquity, Volume 2008 Issue April | BY Ramesh Singh , Sharad Jain 


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Wordnet defines knowledge as the psychological result of perception, learning and reasoning [1]. Like mechanics is the study of the way matter and force interact with each other, knowledge mechanics refers to the study of intermingling between the two facets of knowledge- tacit and explicit. Tacit knowledge is personal knowledge which is difficult to express and communicate. On the other hand explicit knowledge has been or can be articulated, codified and stored in certain media. The transformation of knowledge among these two facets has been the main topic of study among the researchers. This paper also explores the temporal nature of knowledge i.e. how time relates to knowledge and the factors involved in the natural decay of knowledge.

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Ramesh Singh, Senior Technical Director of India's National Informatics Center in Delhi, with student colleague Sharad Jain, have been studying the differences between explicit knowledge, which has been or can be articulated, codified and stored in certain media, and tacit knowledge (i.e., personal knowledge that is difficult to express and communicate). In their very interesting paper "Knowledge Mechanics and Its Temporal Nature," they explore the subtle relationships between these important concepts.

Ramesh Singh     Email: [email protected]
Senior Technical Director
National Informatics Centre

Sharad Jain     Email: [email protected]
Delhi College of Engineering
University of Delhi

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Source: Ubiquity Volume 9, Issue 15 (April 15, 2008 - April 21, 2008)


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