We are living in a time when archaic structures of knowledge management must be modified. There are environments where we still want to preserve practices in the style of our ancestors, when knowledge was concentrated in an elite and sold to the inhabitants under dogmas of manipulation. In case, like my Mayan ancestors, with everything and their incredible advance that this year has made them fashionable, they even covered the glory of the previous King by building a city above, quite similar to what governments do in turn -without allusions, but also that the m ** jes-.
It is good to see the efforts of colleagues in different parts of the Hispanic context, who initiate their blogs to return some of the knowledge and experience acquired; we encourage them not to neglect their initiatives, even once a month, we must insist on a new article. That's how Geofumadas was born in 2007, much later than great sites like Cartesia.org that exist since 2001 and GabrielOrtiz.com which came in 2003. No one can deny that in these places he learned something new, that he expanded his knowledge, that he shared his own, that he knew important contacts and that he grew in professional judgment; thanks that so far these sites have maintained to promote the legality of the use of licenses and respect to professional guilds.
The other day we laughed at a virtual cafe with Gabriel and Tomás, surprised that in short the three sites (Cartesia, GabrielOrtiz and Geofumadas) accumulated more than 230,000 monthly visits, more of the 90% coming from the Spanish-speaking medium. An interesting exercise in our context that certain other environments would like to have, since placing tools that allow the diffusion of knowledge has been a constant between these sites, maintaining a mutual respect of complementarity.
We hope that the evolution of the models of learning communities, as they are happening with the Internet, find points of balance between the incentive to create content, the promotion of free distribution licenses and the profitability of private services. We do not doubt that all are necessary, but we have never before had a globalized and interconnected world as it is now, so the urgency to revise international legislation for knowledge management is a strong challenge; and it seems that with the antecedent of close Megaupload Hispanics will have much to say.
That it is not so easy for us to say, it is easy to justify his ignorance to Bon Jovi when he said that Steve Jobs destroyed the music industry with the invention of the iPod; you just have to remember what it cost in a Hispanic country to buy that incredible album «New Jersey» on 1988, and the access that you now have to be able to buy only the songs of our taste in Amazon. In that case it is barely content for leisure, for which no one will die, however that industry limitation in being able to reach the consumer public its products that constitute a cultural value or knowledge for development ... goes for long, becoming a Vicious circle between high prices, piracy and the imbalance in purchasing power.
New ways of democratizing knowledge are necessary, with innovative alternatives so that the commercial aspect is always sustainable, but with awareness of the socioeconomic contexts. That reason has driven the Open Source movements and collective sharing spaces that have been misinterpreted by private legislation or badly taken advantage of by users who do not want to buy a book that costs US $ 20 or an antivirus worth US29.
As an example of what represents the democratization of knowledge I want to leave this case:
Total Station Operation Manual
Some time ago (in 2008), with one of my technicians we developed an initial version of this document, with an orientation to the cadastre, we publish here with options for download via Scribd when that service was totally free.
There has been read 55,400 times, but a big surprise for me has been to find now a new version worked thanks to the effort of Leopoldo Hernandez and:
- Tania Cilin Gordillo
- Carlos Eduardo Vargas
- Juan Antonio Chompa
The content was greatly expanded, including significant field images, as well as step explanations in detail that overflows the generosity, of 35 pages is now a document over 70.
Among the changes, more explanations were included in each step, among them the data download using the Prolink software and the construction of the course chart using CivilCAD was added.
A good example of what the collective contribution of the community implies. The document may have ended in the forgetfulness of a hard disk for personal use; as for these guys have improved and keep it private to the professional services they provide.
But to return it to the community with the same will represents a level of maturity that is worthy of rescue.
To the extent that Hispanics are open to collaboration, we will help democratize knowledge and also generate development in our context ... that much needs it in the face of the invasion of globalized economies. While being honest, it is unclear how to take the lead in influencing international law under compelling arguments.
The manual can be viewed in this link
There is more content there, I suggest you take a look at these two others: