More than 600 people participated in the first NIH knowledge
management symposium, "Knowledge in Service to Health: Leveraging
Knowledge for Modern Science Management," on Feb. 6, sponsored
by the Office of Extramural Research.
The symposium was designed to prepare NIH for a new era in science
management and knowledge discovery — an era when decisions
throughout the scientific enterprise will increasingly depend on
more effective communication, collaboration, innovation and information
Dr. Norka Ruiz Bravo, NIH deputy director for extramural research,
said, "We must identify new approaches to systematically support
staff development, collaboration and the application of our intellectual
capital to enhance our business processes, promote innovation and
facilitate knowledge discovery." She added, "NIH is committed to
facilitating and supporting knowledge exchange and discovery to
identify new solutions and to develop future strategies that advance
the nation's health."
KM is a set of systematic processes by which knowledge, mostly
hidden in the brains of individuals, is created, captured and shared
to advance the mission of an organization.
The symposium presented a cross-section of the knowledge management
field and touched on the following areas: facilitating collaboration
to bring new ideas into play; discovering new knowledge by understanding
the connections among vast amounts of information; improving science
management and predicting opportunities using unstructured text
mining; and new visualization and communication techniques that
convey knowledge derived from complex data sets.