KMEF-webinar 2011-04-26

KMEF Webinars - Session-7: Dr. Denise Bedford - Tue 2011-04-26

  • Session Host: Dr. Annie Green (Assistant Professorial Lecturer, George Washington University; Principal, Institute of Knowledge and Innovation; Adjunct Faculty, Kent State University; Knowledge Management Practice Lead, Keane Federal Systems, Washington D.C.)
  • Speaker: Dr. Denise Bedford (Goodyear Professor of Knowledge Management, College of Communication and Information, Kent State University)
  • Presentation Title: Finding Common Ground - What We've Learned from the Experts.


Knowledge Management Education Forum (KMEF)

  • KMEF Webinar Session-7

The Knowledge Management Education Forum (KMEF) is an on-going, annual dialog hosted by Kent State University and George Washington University. We invite and welcome your participation and collaboration in this endeavor to identify and grow consensus on the knowledge management body of knowledge, competencies, roles and curriculum.

The goal of the KM Education Forum is to create an environment in which this consensus can evolve. It aims to bring together the current and past thought leaders in the field of knowledge management to discuss their work, and to open the dialog where others can contribute. We envision the Forum as an ongoing, annual dialog that will mirror this emerging profession.

This is the seventh of a weekly series of free webinars supported by Kent State University from Tuesday, March 15, through Tuesday, April 26, 2011; invited speaker presentations and a moderated discussion.

These webinars will focus on four key questions:

  • Question 1: What strategic roles and responsibilities do Knowledge Professionals play in organizations today – across all sectors of the economy?
  • Question 2: What competencies do Knowledge Professionals need to lead knowledge organizations in the 21st century?
  • Question 3: What are the core and elective elements of a knowledge management curriculum for the 21st century?
  • Question 4: How can we support these competencies in professional training, at the certificate level, at the master’s and PhD. levels?

Please refer to other details on these webinars at: KMEF_Webinars (home page for this webinar series.)


Over the past six weeks, we've heard from thought leaders in Knowledge Management on four questions: What strategic roles and responsibilities do Knowledge Professonals play in organizations? What competencies do knowledge professionals need to lead knowledge organizations in the 21st century? What are the core and elective elements of a knowledge management curriculum for the 21st century? And, how can we support these competencies in professional training, at the certificate level, at the master's and Ph.d. levels? The webinars have indicated that there is a high level of agreement among the experts. The purpose of this presentation is to highlight the common ground, and to present the common ground as a foundation for Knowledge Management education. The consensus framework will also serve as a foundation for the on-site KM Education Forum panel and community discussions at George Washington University in May.

About the Speaker


Denise Bedford is currently the Goodyear Professor of Knowledge Management at the College of Communication and Information, Kent State University. Her responsibilities include: teaching foundational and elective courses in knowledge management, communities of practice, economics of information, semantic analysis, enterprise architecture, business intelligence, intellectual capital management and information environments. She is currently engaged in expanding the M.A. program and the future Ph.D. program in Knowledge Management, as well as outreach and support to the national and international knowledge management communities. Her current research interests include knowledge architectures and knowledge engineering, business architecture and business rules representation, document engineering and content architectures, multilingual architecture, search system design/architecture, semantic analysis methods, communities of practice, knowledge transfer, and economics of knowledge.

Dr. Bedford retired from the World Bank in 2010 where her responsibilities included development of the Bank’s core metadata and content type strategies, ontologies, taxonomies and the World Bank’s multilingual topic thesaurus, development and operationalization of the Bank’s semantic analysis technologies, enterprise search and content management architectures. She began her career at the Bank with the launch of the knowledge management initiative. Dr. Bedford's career also includes: NASA, Intel Corporation, Stanford University, the American Mathematical Association, the University of California, University of Michigan and University of Southern California. She is currently adjunct faculty at Georgetown University, and University of Tennessee where she teaches a variety of courses in information architecture, knowledge management, systems management, and semantic applications. She provides consulting support to the World Bank, USAID, UNICEF, and other organizations. Her educational background includes a B.A. triple major in History, in Russian Language/Literature, and in German Language/Literature from the University of Michigan; an Russian History also from University of Michigan; an M.S. in Librarianship from Western Michigan University, and a Ph.D. in Information Science from University of California, Berkeley.

Agenda & Proceedings

  • Session Format and Agenda:
    • this will be virtual session over a phone conference setting, augmented by in-session chat and shared computer screen support

  1. The session will start with a brief self-introduction of the attendees (~10 min.) [We will be skipping this if there are more than 20 participants.]
  2. Introduction of the invited speakers - session host: Annie Green (~5 min.)
  3. Presentation by our invited speaker - Denise Bedford (45~60 min.) - Session 7 Slides
  4. Q&A and Open discussion (~15 min.) (ref. process above) ... Kindly identify yourself before speaking.
Transcript of the online chat during the session

...coming soon

Audio Recording of this Session

  • Conference Date and Time: 26-Apr-2011 12:01 ~ 1:03 pm EDT
  • Duration of Recording: 1 Hour 0 Minutes
  • Recording File Size: 6.9 MB (in mp3 format)
  • suggestion: its best that you listen to the session while having the Session 7 Slides opened in front of you. You'll be prompted to advance slides by the speaker.
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