“Knowledge” is hard to define and intangible by nature. Articles that are borderline abstract in any one aspect triggers cerebral matter into snooze mode. Let me try to keep this post simple and interesting. It is in my ultimate interest to ensure that the reader does not end up like the sleepy baby on right.
Knowledge is an integral part of the DIKW pyramid. This stage has many characteristics, which will be the focus of this post rather than a complex and lengthy definition. Defining the term “Knowledge” is a complex undertaking because there are multiple contexts to definition itself. Here are some traits of this phase.
Since time immemorial mankind has documented knowledge for the benefit of future generations. It started from cavemen who depicted everyday life for them and today we are working with human genome, particle physics and trying to unlock mysteries of universe several light years away. The wholesome knowledge of human species has reached to such an extent that we are in cusp of finding and colonizing Earth 2.0. No matter which subject area one looks for, there is documented knowledge for us to read though during our entire lifespan.
The process of learning has to be supported with practical application of gained knowledge. Exercising the knowledge in day to day life reinforces learning and this cycle helps to a build a strong foundation based on which we can continue the journey. This reinforcement cycle is even more critical in DW & BI arena because inference of data has to be substantiated before it is accepted.
Knowledge can be easily shared across a wide variety of audience. Content types play a vital role on how the shared content is consumed. We have moved from “A picture conveys thousand words” to “A video with audio conveys million pictures“. Accessing content is getting simplified everyday and advancement in technologies are providing new and creative ways for users to connect with. In today’s context the apt statement about sharing is “Knowledge at your fingertips”
If we stop the learning process, knowledge becomes stagnant and at times outdated. Continuous learning is an important characteristic, which has to be adhered to at all times. Consuming content through medium such as lectures, conferences, MOOC’s etc is an easy and popular way, whereas self-learning thorough questioning is an alternate method that is hard but very effective. An ancient Chinese proverb states “I hear and I forget, I see and I remember, I do and I understand“, which stresses the importance of self-learning. Similar to information, the prism through which we look at the knowledge can significantly influence the interpretation and being open minded is key for marching towards wisdom.
Let me close this post with a quote that I came across in the Internet “There is no such thing as too much learning”