The Architecture of Personal Knowledge Management – 1

Unfortunately the links to a personal instance of Wikka, and the images on the old blog post have not survived various hosting changes. I can't find source files from which I developed the architecture drawings either. Ten years on I still think it is informative to think through the performance of PKM processes in terms of roles, and this is something to revisit.

Back in July Harold Jarche posted a useful deconstruction of the processes involved in web-based personal knowledge management (PKM). Building on this, and in order to make a lot of implicit stuff in my head explicit, I’ve started developing the model into a full mapping of processes to tools.

I’ve chosen to use Archimate as a modelling language, and as I develop the model offline I will be posting views of it to pages liked from this wiki page.

Harold’s model looks like this:

As I began to unpick Harold’s seven processes I realised that although they are primarily focused on “self”, one key aspect to understand them is to identify the different roles that “self” (and “others”) play. This aspect of the model so far is shown in the Introductory View :

PKM Architecture - Introductory Viewpoint

Alongside the work of developing models for each of the processes, I began to develop a view of the key information artefacts manipulated by the PKM processes.

PKM Processes - Information View

I’ve also created pages on the wiki for the first iteration at modelling the  individual processes, linking them down to a core set of application services, and over the next couple of weeks I’ll write blog posts for those.

Comments welcome to help refine this modelling effort.

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My interests include technology, personal knowledge management, social change