The New Architecture for Usable and Useful Knowledge

The emerging architecture of digitally published reference works, manuals, and textbooks changes the form, and what we expect, in accessing and using professional and occupational knowledge. New generation online knowledge sources are searchable and can present useful and usable knowledge in accessible tutorial format for education or decision support.

Because of the explosion of important occupational knowledge, in fields ranging from medicine to aircraft engine repair to designing a clinical drug trial, new architectures put a premium on technologies that a) help a user navigate the knowledge; and b) create a learning community and/or a community of practice around the knowledge.

The new architecture also allows a single digital collection of tutorial objects — linked to information sources outside the collection — to serve educational, decision support and knowledge management functions in a defined domain.

A Common Resource Can Serve Professional Education and Decision Support