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Knowledge Management Body of Knowledge (KMBoK)

The Knowledge Bucket, which has been hosted on the Wikispaces platform, has been a very valuable resource for knowledge management (KM) practitioners and educators. Wikispaces is closing down, but that doesn’t mean the end of the Knowledge Bucket. Rather, it is being transformed into the new Knowledge Management Body of Knowledge (KMBoK).

Update 6 June 2021: The KMBoK is currently unavailable. However, Stan Garfield’s new list of KM Topics is a great alternative.

A body of knowledge1 “is the complete set of concepts, terms and activities that make up a professional domain, as defined by the relevant learned society or professional association. It is a type of knowledge representation by any knowledge organization.”

A number of different definitions of a body of knowledge (BOK or BoK) have been proposed, reflecting variations in approach2:

  • another definition is “A set of knowledge within a profession or subject area which is generally agreed as both essential and generally known,” and an example of this approach is the GIS&T Body of Knowledge.

The Knowledge Management Body of Knowledge (KMBoK) aligns with the second definition, being a generally agreed set of knowledge about knowledge management.

Header image source: Gerd Altmann on Pixabay, Public Domain.


Bruce Boyes

Bruce Boyes ( is editor, lead writer, and a director of the award-winning RealKM Magazine ( and currently also teaches in the University of NSW (UNSW) Foundation Studies program in China. He has expertise and experience in a wide range of areas including knowledge management (KM), environmental management, program and project management, writing and editing, stakeholder engagement, communications, and research. Bruce holds a Master of Environmental Management with Distinction and a Certificate of Technology (Electronics). With a demonstrated ability to identify and implement innovative solutions to social and ecological complexity, Bruce's many career highlights include establishing RealKM Magazine as an award-winning resource for knowledge managers, using agile and knowledge management approaches to oversee the implementation of an award-winning $77.4 million river recovery program in western Sydney on time and under budget, leading a knowledge strategy process for Australia's 56 natural resource management (NRM) regional organisations, pioneering collaborative learning and governance approaches to support communities to sustainably manage landscapes and catchments, and initiating and teaching two new knowledge management subjects at Shanxi University in China.

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