November 16, 2010

By tom

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Summarising text – thoughts on Extractor

A few years ago I came across software that claimed to automatically summarise text. There have been some mixed reviews of Extractor from people I have talked to, but I’ve always thought it was pretty good. For example if I extract text from a research paper on Communities of Practice, using the online “Copy & Paste” demo available here:

http://www.extractorlive.com/upload_demo.html

Then I get the following output – which I think is pretty accurate:

Keyphrases:

  • CoP
  • community
  • employee
  • Practice
  • forum
  • utilising
  • management

Highlights:

  • This short paper outlines the use of the Community of Practice (CoP) to lever organisational knowledge from the perspective of the employee.
  • The paper questions the value of the CoP to the employee and provides a brief analysis of factors that may adversely affect the knowledge creating operation of a CoP.
  • When utilising a Community of Practice as part of a KM schema, the aim is to utilise the employee’s knowledge, capture and exploit the rich media of the organisation in order to create value (Beccerra-Fernandez & Sabherwahl, 2001).
  • Knowledge Management literature is awash with encouraging theorem to introduce KM, but few practical guides commit advice on how to achieve this, excepting the wealth of studies concerning the role of the Communities of Practice (CoP) such as Davenport & Hall (2002).
  • In order for knowledge interaction to occur, the CoP must attain a viable membership of the forum, with regards to an organisational CoP the issue of low membership may be overcome by managerial pressure or placing knowledge within the community that is necessary for staff to fulfil their roles (Hildreth et al., 2000).

A key use of this would be tackling the problem of sorting through old documentation on shared drives – something which every enterprise has plenty of.  It would be interesting to know if anyone is carrying this out?

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