Knowledge Federation Research

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Operational goal

  • Develop a functioning prototype of a post-discipline, whose field of study is knowledge federation.


  • By combining two main ingredients — a federation of knowledge workers (i.e. a suitable combination of backgrounds and talents, specifically field workers and technology experts, and others as needed) as subject, and self-organization or 'bootstrapping' as predicate — we compose a new entity in knowledge work, capable of socio-technical designs of an unprecedented scale (education, journalism, academic research, governance...) For a conceptual thinker, the result is just natural — of course knowledge work should be self-aware and able to create itself! But its practical effects turn out to be spectacular — this simple positive feedback loop induces an exponential growth of the quality of knowledge used and produced (if you may imagine such a thing)! The knowledge federation discipline develops the body of knowledge, and the methodology for this new brand of knowledge work. Its technical results prove to be missing links in surprisingly many societal value chains.

Immediate practical tasks

  • Use the article drafts submitted to Knowledge Federation 2010 as sandbox to experiment and develop a procedure for federating research articles. Summarize procedures and experiences for publication in the same proceedings [1].

Themes to introduce, paradigms to change

  • Meta-level knowledge work, or academic meta-design — a new, post-reductionistic notion of 'basic research.'
  • Socio-technical system design; this may be understood by analogy of conventional design, and specifically with algorithm design. We introduce new socio-technical categories, objects such as 'knowledge federation as post-discipline' or federated university course or 'value matrix object' as ways to implement some basic knowledge-work function, and we optimize the design with respect to all main criteria [2].
  • Collective creativity [3].
  • Knowledge federation as alternative to (only) article publishing; in knowledge federation we radically challenge the assumption that when something is published it is 'known.' Knowledge must be federated — vital ideas must be extracted, rendered in a way suitable for general use, combined together, allowed to influence our high-level views and fundamental assumptions. In academic knowledge federation we do not only publish our results, but we also federate them; we make them known through informing media; we implement them as real-life socio-technical systems; we bring them into actual practice. It is only when something is brought into practice that it is truly federated (turned into living knowledge, that reproduces itself in a stable and sustainable way through habitual practice).

Contributions to Knowledge Federation

  • Supporting knowledge federation development by developing suitable knowledge base
  • Developing a prototype of a post-discipline, a basic instance of knowledge federation socio-technical system

Contributions to the changing world

  • Enabling regrouping and refocusing of human and other resources from classical disciplinary interests to contemporary ones, both academic and applied.
  • Developing a truly creative collective mind.


  1. See the blog post How to federate research articles? at this group's Ning page
  2. My lecture (allow a couple of minutes to download) What is Knowledge Federation? given at Trinity College Dublin in June 2009 discusses possible effects on knowledge work, and our strategy to achieve them.
  3. See my vignette One of the online conversations the Knowledge Federation community is now having is about ‘collective creativity’.

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