KM Careers & Challenges - A Review of the Knowledge Organisations Competency Framework


2016-06-25 14:00 to 16:30


"Rm DE301, HK Polytechnic University, Hunghom"

In the KM Careers and Challenges event held on May 7th, we heard from KM practitioners about the possibilities and challenges of working in KM. From the diversity of professions (law, enginerring HR, traini

In the KM Careers and Challenges event held on May 7th, we heard from KM practitioners about the possibilities and challenges of working in KM. From the diversity of professions (law, enginerring HR, training, etc) it is clear that there is a wide range of areas where a KM practitioner can work. However, with diverse industries comes diverse skill sets, and so it is difficult to agree on a definitive set of skills and talents a KM practitioner should possess.

We continue our look at KM careers and challenges by investigating what competencies are important for a KM practitioner and if a set of competencies can be developed. This event will start with a talk by Bill Proudfit on the development of a Knowledge Competency framework for the ISKO - Singapore chapter inaugural "Innovations in Knowledge Organisation" conference in 2015 and the subsequent development of the Knowledge Organisation Competency Survey.  There will be a facilitated discussion on knowledge organisation competencies.

Date   25 June 2016 (Saturday)
Time     14:00 - 16:30
Venue Room DE301, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hunghom (see Campus Map)
Language  English
Cost Free
Capacity  Seats are limited to 30.  All are welcomed but priority will be given to KMP members.
Registration Please register on the RSVP tab above.  Note that deadline is 21st June


   Follow this link to the ISKO – Singapore Chapter page on Matt Moore’s presentation and supporting materials – link here

  • Presentation video on Vimeo
  • Presentation slide deck
  • Background reading: Article by Matt Moore and Kelly Tall on "Buildingcompetence for knowledge organisation”
  • Knowledge organisation competency framework
  • Notes and Reflections on the Panel Discussion
  • A link to the KO Competencies Survey – it will likely be open until late 2016.


Bill will give a talk on knowledge organisation competencies.   What is 'knowledge organisation'.  What is 'competency'.  What are KO competencies and where did they come from?  Is Hong Kong's knowledge management world ready for KO competency? He will draw upon his own experiences and:



A draft Knowledge Competency Framework developed by Matt Moore and Patrick Lambe for the "Innovations in Knowledge Organisation" conference held in June 2015 sponsored by the ISKO-Singapore chapter (International Society of Knowledge Organization). The video for Matt's original presentation at the IKO conference can be found here and the slide deck here.



A Knowledge Organization Survey was developed after the "Innovations in Knowlede\ge Organisations" conference. By December 2015, 130 people had completed the Knowledge Organisation Competency Survey. Matt Moore presented preliminary results at the MArch 11, 2016 meeting of the ISKO-Singapore Chapter.

**The Knowledge Organisation Survey is still open** Bill reccomends you take it before coming to this workshop. Click here to take the survey.


The presentations and discussions from the ISKO UK Chapter from the 1/2 day workshop, held on the 14th March 2015. The topic was "Organizing information: skills and training for the future".

The format will be interactive.  A brief talk and facilitated interaction to get you up on your feet and your brain ticking about knowledge organisation competency.

Detailed Rundown:

14:00 - 14:15
Onsite registration
14:15 - 15:00 Presentation on KO competencies
15:00 - 15:15 Break
15:15 - 16:15 Facilitated discussion on personal competencies levels and applicability of competencies to the local situation
16:15 - 16:30 Summary and wrap-up


Bill Proudfit is from the USA.  He has been based in Hong Kong since 1989.  He grew up in 1960’s and 1970’s in the American Deep South and northwest of England.  He has been involved in records management, information management and knowledge management since 1978 when he began working for the University of South Carolina Thomas Cooper Library.  He has worked at large, complex and diverse organizations on day-to-day operations and projects in academia, commercial enterprise and privatized public authorities in the USA, Hong Kong, Switzerland and Macau.  He consults, writes and teaches in Hong Kong as Principal, Knowledge Management Services.  During the summer term 2015 he taught a course on Knowledge Taxonomies at Hong Kong University. 

He challenges himself, his clients, students and colleagues with these questions: 

  • How do we decide what knowledge we have is important enough to manage?  
  • How can we cooperate with others to share what we know?   
  • How can we use the knowledge we have effectively both for ourselves and for an organization?
  • Why are there so many failed attempts when we use information technology?  



The Association of KM Practitioners


Knowledge Management & Innovaiton Research Center, Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Co-organiser: MILESAA_Logo.jpg MILES Alumni Association, Hong Kong Polytechnic University