Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

I actually want to highlight only one thing here: point number 5, "single source of truth." Now this is at once a technical term for database management and also critical advice for working in a distributed environment. "Workers need access to the big picture about an organization’s strategy and priorities, and perhaps even about work in progress that may not be directly relevant to them. It’s a repository of information that is clear, uncontested, and accepted as true at that time, and then maintained so that it is always current." Maybe one good result from all this will be that organizations and institutions and even societies will realize that they have always been distributed in the ways that count, and will begin to think of 'single source of truth' (beginning with the technical sense) as an organizational and even a social imperative.

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