Knowledge management for research groups
Why knowledge management?
Most collaborative projects require some level of knowledge management. Depending on the size and complexity of the project, this can be a simple matter of storing email correspondence in a specific mail folder, or a complex system of nested directory folders shared with project team members on an institutional drive or a cloud storage system.
A logical and transparent knowledge management system is important for the following reasons:
- To keep track of work done by team members
- To allow team members access to the documents and information they require
- To ensure that all team members have access to the latest version of the research and that any changes are made to the correct version (usually the latest version)
- To provide historical information on the project and its progress
- To enable new team members to access the project history and take over tasks from others
- To keep records and data so that they remain available when the project is finished.