Do you have a Knol?

A Knol is a unit of knowledge, well according to Google that is. Their new information source has been moved into public Beta. Basically Knol is sort of like Wikipedia but each entry is authored by a single individual who has complete editorial control. Google provides the following outline in the help:

So what subjects can I write on?

(Almost) anything you like. You pick the subject and write it the way you see fit. We don’t edit knols nor do we try to enforce any particular viewpoint – your knol should be written as you want it to be written. Of course, Knols are subject to Terms of Service and Content Policy to ensure a good experience for all users and compliance with applicable laws.

What if someone else has already written an article on that subject?

No problem, you can still write your own article. In fact, the Knol project is a forum for encouraging individual voices and perspectives on topics. As mentioned, no one else can edit your knol (unless you permit it) or mandate how you write about a topic. If you do a search on a topic, you may very well see more than one knol in the search results. Of course, people are free to disagree with you, to write their own knols, to post comments and ratings.

Can I collaborate with other authors?

Of course. For each knol you can choose to write on your own or collaborate with other authors.

An interesting experiment, as mentioned by Mashable is might just end up like Squidoo but it could also turn into something completely different. I could also see the format working internally to organisations for building content. Some organisationa have not yet got their minds around wiki’s allows anyone to edit, where a tool like Knol might be used as a stepping stone towards wikis.

2 thoughts on “Do you have a Knol?

  1. Another feature is that an author can earn revenue from advertising that Google can place in the article page. More money for Google. But this could influence how an article is written – to attract an audience rather than being objective about a topic.

    Where’s the “wisdom of the crowds”?

    If anyone can create an article I’ll have more hits when I search for bruxism. Google search gives me about 502,000 as it is. And maybe that’s the point.

    Google is getting more content and as you search and read Knol, they’re collecting more information about you thereby helping their targeted advertising be more relevant.

  2. HR management in Australia is NIL. Just a bunch of good looking, inexperienced and young people does not constitute HR management!

    Stereo-typing people is a total waste of time! Learn to recognize individualtiy as the strength of a Human resource. To work together and achieve goals we need individuality and a common vision.

    A databse tool is useful only when you have very large numbers to manage across the Globe > 100 and you cannot keep track of where one person is at any one time and on what assignment or work , and their current skills to assign them to new projects.
    A spreadsheet will serve as a useuful tool for small companies.

    Tools do not necessarily help to manage resources. Knowing the strengths of your resources and using them appropriately is what HR management should be about.

    Would you choose a Mainframe to run a Website? Would you choose an Intel Windows server to keep your most valuable records?

    Individuals bring strengths to a team, and organisation. Never put them in boxes and label them as “women”, “men”, “young”, “old”, “techincal”, “social” , “foreign”, “local” etc.

    Diversity has become a mere rhetoric in most organisations.

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