Saturday, May 31, 2008

I am studying disabled workers and statistics related to that at my workplace.

I have volunteered to study the statistics of a workplace survey. I have been getting the data into R and have produced some graphs with R so far in this work.

Other work studies include learning to use FORMAT procedures in SAS

Friday, May 30, 2008

An old family friend has a blog

I used to live down the street from Janet Ajzenstat and she partially inspired me to study law. She now has a blog. I bumped into her in Hamilton today. She told me she was writing a blog and one google search found it. Here it is here

Writing a conference paper

I spent some time on the train quoting Thomas Davenport on measuring knowledge workers work. I worked this into my paper.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Generally the authors of these theses found demography had an effect on knowledge management.

Although these authors did not deal directly with the baby-boom they found the demographic variables they did study did have an effect on knowledge management. I will report this to my boss for his work.

Three of these theses are not on topic.

I searched through the tables of contents of three of the eight theses so far and the term demographics has meant so far only that the researchers covered the demographics of their samples. They have not dealt with the baby boom. So these theses although they cover knowledge management do not cover my topic. I will search through the other five today.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

I finally searched out and found other past theses on my topic.

I found 8 theses in total that matched the term: "Knowledge Management" and Demographics. I downloaded these eight theses as pdf's. I also made two citations files for these articles. One is a rich text format Chicago Style bibliography. The other is a Ref Works BibTeX export. I spent the last half hour of this 8 hours study session trying to get that BibTeX file to work in a new article I am going to write that reviews these 8 theses. A few are Doctors of Education theses.

I also read a chapter in a book about improving the work of knowledge workers which again is a sort of why or what issue for my research. But I put little faith in the academic nature of this book. The title is Thinking For a Living and it is a pro management book.

Friday, May 09, 2008

Reading one book from my last trip to the library is producing some more leads on measuring knowledge management.

I have been selectively reading parts of this book:
Gottschalk, P. Knowledge Management Systems in Law Enforcement: Technologies and Techniques (Hershey, P.A.: Idea Group, 2007)
I have found some modeling in this book and followed up by finding some MIS Quarterly articles that measure knowledge.

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

I did not get my search completed but did get the household tasks done.

I did get my household tasks completed last night but did not complete my searching the ProQuest database for papers. I have at least two more types of knowledge to search for may be three.

Monday, May 05, 2008

Thinking and reading picking up quotes

I am slowly coming along with my paper for this summer. The books I got last time I was at the library are getting read slowly. I am also reading some more of two books directly on the topic of lost knowledge and the baby boom which are two books that really set the frame work for this project. I am picking up some more quotes and writing a little bit at a time. I am also reading older sociology of knowledge works.

I have not really been reading journal articles but did start to sort the skills knowledge list of articles from ProQuest. I think this evening I will complete the seven term search on ProQuest and then quickly search IEEE and may be ACM for all seven terms. If I can get that done and household chores today that would be great.