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September 3, 2001

It's Labour Day in Canada (Labor Day in the United States) and with the new month we welcome a number of new subscribers - people who signed up for OLDaily over the last few weeks only to have their subscriptions disappear into oblivion. Ah, the joys of custom software. You will all be relieved to know that the subscription forms are working properly now, so spread the word and recommend OLDaily to your friends.

Are Online Communities Working? This short item questions whether online communities have lived up to their promise and concludes that they haven't. Of course, this conclusion is from a strictly financial point of view: they didn't make money for their owners. But maybe there are other values at play here. By Gerry McGovern, New Thinking, September 3, 2001. [Refer]

Closed For Business From the I told you so department... this article looks at the rise of education and learning portals and tries to explain why so many of them failed. By Kim Kiser, Online Learning Magazine, September, 2001. [Refer]

Order Out Of Chaos Good artilce describing how web logs (also known as blogs) are being used as a knowledge management tool in corporate environments. I am a great believer in weblogs - OLDaily is a weblog, as are several other projects of mine. I have found though experience that people love receiving weblogs in their email, but that they are reluctant to contribute and that they won't necessarily revisit a web-based web log. By Steve Alexander, Online Learning Magazine, September, 2001. [Refer]

Netting Knowledge via the Corporate Intranet I really think the concepts of knowledge management and online learning are merging into a single domain... we'll call it 'learning management,' I guess. Anyhow, this article is yet another of those useful articles showing how knowledge management tools are being used to support learning in a corporate environment. By Kim Ann Zimmerman, KMWorld Magazine, September, 2001. [Refer]

Digital Dilemma How do we preserve electronic publications - such as this one - in a world where electronic publications are temporary at best? After all, if we are experiencing link rot after only a half dozen years of the web, what will it be like after a century? By Michael S. James, ABCNews.Com, July 9, 2001. [Refer]

Knowledge Base Integration This article is the result of some reflections on an online learning portal being set up by the good people at Duncans MindLeaders On-Line Learning. My reaction isn't so much a response to their effort as it is a wider reflection on what it takes to use knowledge bases effectively. By Stephen Downes, September 1, 2001. [Refer]

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