Knowledge Mapping: A Conceptual Model


  1. Lecocq, R.M.L.
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Defence R&D Canada - Valcartier, Valcartier QUE (CAN)
Parallel to the advancement of knowledge management, authors and practitioners have recently been paying special attention to knowledge mapping. This research considers knowledge mapping as a means of visually representing knowledge assets as well as their relationships with one another in order to achieve specific activities. We first performed an examination of the current terminology as well as an investigation of the knowledge mapping field. We then analysed the value added of knowledge mapping for organisations and, more specifically, for the defence sector. As a result of our analysis, a knowledge mapping conceptual model was created and accompanied by a development methodology. The proposed model combines four main knowledge mapping approaches: social, competency, procedural, and conceptual, into a single map, to which we have added another approach based on the identification and integration of knowledge artefacts. In addition, in order to support the development of a knowledge map based on this conceptual model, we generated a methodology divided into four phases: planning, collecting, mapping and validating. Each of these phases includes a number of specific steps adapted to the pursued objectives of a knowledge mapping initiative. Lastly, in order to ensure the production of a pragmatic model and methodology, we generated these in the context of a specific DND/CF group’s needs. The next step is to conduct an experiment that would fully exploit our conceptual mode

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DRDC-VALCARTIER-TR-2006-118 — Contractor Report
Date of publication
01 Dec 2006
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