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).
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:
- one definition is “A set of accepted and agreed upon standards and nomenclatures pertaining to a field or profession,” and an example of this approach is the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK)
- 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.