KIM-UNU, “Knowledge Integration and Management – United Nations University” is the name of the technology platform developed by UNU-INWEH in partnership with the Center for Community Mapping as a powerful and user-friendly Knowledge Management System (KMS). The platform has been developed in recognition that often there is a wealth of knowledge and information, representing a significant investment of development funds and project implementation which is not readily accessible, let alone capable of integration.
Stored in a relational database, the ability to quickly and effectively integrate this existing information via a search interface allows for efficiencies in targeting new initiatives and builds on the body of knowledge that exists. Built in to this database, a suite of communication and interaction tools allows users to view, comment and access information as a group in either real time or as a shared collaborative workspace. Integration of this learning network with the relational database of information provides the tools for the capture and storage of user-inputted information. This results in the continuous improvement of document classification, resulting in better refined searches for the next user, as well as the capture of newly created and/or tacit knowledge.
The platform is broadly divided into three integrated components:
- A relational database for document, map, photo, video, and spatial information upload combined with a powerful database management system to locate and extract the information
- A suite of learning and communication tools to both facilitate live interaction between users and capture and save imparted tacit knowledge back into the system, and
- A user-friendly web portal that requires no programming or special IT skills to use, but more importantly, to run and manage