Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Inmagic® Presto: A Social Knowledge Management Platform

Inmagic® Presto is a social knowledge management platform designed to improve productivity and effectiveness within information-dependent communities by leveraging their information and human assets.

Inmagic® Presto represents a fundamentally new approach to information and knowledge management by tightly integrating, into a single environment, a knowledge repository, information search, access and discovery tools and the “wisdom of the community.” Presto’s unique approach yields an ideal application platform for integrating “topdown” vetted information with “bottom-up” social knowledge to address an organization’s most critical initiatives that span functional groups.

Presto addresses initiatives such as:

  • Socializing and expanding libraries and collections
  • Competitive intelligence
  • Consumer insights
  • New product development and innovations
  • Environmental monitoring
  • Public and medical affairs management
  • Influence marketing
  • Intellectual property management and knowledge preservation

New Generation Knowledge Management

Recent advances in social media technologies have spawned new perspectives and approaches to information and special library management and a new generation of knowledge management. The foundation of this new generation knowledge management is the social knowledge network that combines important internal content with timely external data in a shared framework where communities can be created and the impact of the information enhanced. In this environment, organizations can achieve their information objective — making richer, more vibrant, responsive and high impact knowledge communities.

Platform for Enabling Social Knowledge Networks

With Inmagic Presto, our social knowledge management platform, information-dependent communities improve their productivity and effectiveness. Presto delivers this fundamentally new approach to information and knowledge management by tightly integrating, into a single environment, a knowledge repository, advanced information access and discovery tools, and the “wisdom of the community.”

Inmagic Presto enables the creation of social knowledge networks through a unique integration of content management, information management, and social management capabilities. Presto allows you to harness the power of the connected universe using new generation knowledge management. Presto’s unique approach yields an ideal application platform for integrating “top down” vetted information with “bottom-up” social knowledge to address an organization’s most critical initiatives that span functional groups.

The Industry's First True Social Library

The knowledge publishing and discovery capabilities of Inmagic Presto have been combined with rich library management capabilities to create Inmagic® Presto Social Library. Based on the advanced library asset management and workflow capabilities of Inmagic’s Genie technology and a social knowledge network platform, the Inmagic Presto Social Library enables organizations to fully leverage their knowledge assets, making them available for easy access, discovery and “socialization.” This seamless integration is the industry’s first true social library and creates a framework to expand the reach and content of your library.

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Inmagic® Presto is available on a subscription license basis which means you are only buying what you need and your total cost of ownership is lower. In addition, Inmagic offers hosted SaaS delivery for customers whose knowledge management solution requires outsourcing. Our managed hosting services provide the stable yet flexible foundation needed for growing your social knowledge network.

Source

[http://www.inmagic.com/products/research/presto.html]

Brochure

[http://www.inmagic.com/products/research/Presto_ds.pdf]

White Paper: New Generation Knowledge Management: Social Knowledge Networks (Registration Required)

[http://www.inmagic.com/news/press_room/white_papers/SKN_list.html]

Webinar / October 7 2008 / 11:00 am PDT; 2:00 pm EDT (Pre-Registration Required)

[http://www.kmworld.com/webinars/register.aspx?EventID=104]

Archive of Webinar NOW Available (10-7-08) for 90 Days (01-09) [64 Minutes]

[http://www.kmworld.com/Webinars/104-New-Generation-Knowledge-Management-Social-Knowledge-Networks.htm]

Primary Discussion Document: Collaboration and Social Media - 2008

by Geoffrey Bock & Steve Paxhia
June 2008 / 132 pages

Collaboration and Social Media 2008 shows how social media, based on "Web 2.0" technologies, is approaching the tipping-point. First generation tools now in widespread use, such as text-oriented email, web sites, and shared workspaces, are soon to be supplemented by social media applications that incorporate blogs, wikis, social bookmarking, rich media, and other innovative technologies. The Gilbane research report predicts the transition from horizontal applications to vertical solutions, and offers a number of strategies to help companies with the tr
ansition.

Free After Required Registration

[http://gilbane.com/Research-Reports.html]

Presto Version 2.2 Now Available

[http://www.inmagic.com/products/research/presto-v22details.html]

Blog

[http://inmagicinc.blogspot.com/]

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

LASSIE Case Study 5: Libraries and Facebook

LASSIE: Libraries and Social Software in Education


Case Study 5: Libraries and Facebook

Jane Secker /London School of Economics and Political Science

January 2008

Funded by: University of London Centre for Distance Education Teaching and Research Awards

This case study explores the use of the social networking site Facebook (www.facebook.com) as a tool for libraries and librarians. The case study was launched some way into the project following the growth and popularity of this social networking site. Many librarians have now joined Facebook for
purely social reasons, however it can overlap into the professional world as it is being used by several professional library groups and for promoting library related events. Facebook also has a number of library related tools which the project team felt were worthy of further exploration.


This case study is slightly different to the four other case studies, because we did not set up a specific library-related initiative in Facebook for use with librarians or distance learners. The case study is largely based on the literature and our own experiences of using Facebook. The reasons for this approach were twofold: partly because the use of Facebook accelerated phenomenally during the period when we were undertaking our research (March 2007 – January 2008). Early on in the project and at the time of planning the case studies we could not have anticipated the level of interest that developed in this social networking site. This was specifically a UK-based phenomena and largely driven by the extensive coverage that the site received in the mainstream media during the summer of 2007. It also did not seem appropriate to set up a project-related initiative in Facebook for real distance learners as we felt this should ideally be undertaken and maintained by a Library. We therefore have tried to document the experiences of libraries and librarians who have used Facebook and drawn on our own personal experiences of using the site.