James Burke’s Knowledge Web online

“James Burke’s Knowledge Web (K-Web) is the digital incarnation of Burke’s award-winning books and television series on the nature and the history of innovation. In a video introduction, he explains his hope that “K-Web will show that we are the products of history…the K-Web should show that in some way, everybody and everything is interconnected.”

[Burke’s] work, which anticipated both hyperlinks and even hypermedia, is perfect for the WWW. The K-Web is a powerful, interactive and intuitive exploratory open source omnipedia–a learning and teaching tool fostering multiple intelligences and complex thinking in more systemic ways; it allows understanding knowledge in context, generating new ideas, and exploring a universe of data to discover how seemingly unrelated people, events and ideas are connected across time and space.

K-Web is an immersive 3D knowledge navigation system for students and lifelong learners that may also be useful for knowledge manangement.

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M.I.T. OpenCourseWare movement provides content for free

Offering content is the first step. With the changes that are taking place in the information superhighway, BigCo publishing will likely see the trend soon, and begin to open up their own content. This announcement demonstrates the momentum:

By the end of this year, the contents of all 1,800 courses taught at one of the world’s most prestigious universities will be available online to anyone in the world, anywhere in the world.

See: Open content at MIT, Tufts University, Utah State University

And, with help from tools like the OpenCourseWare Finder, we are approaching an open field.