oa South African Journal of Information Management - Can models for knowledge management be successfully implemented to manage the diversity of indigenous knowledge?
Traditional knowledge systems that are closely linked to the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity should be conserved by indigenous communities through the establishment of indigenous knowledge programmes. In indigenous knowledge systems, aspects such as values and beliefs, medicine, technology, education, communication, agriculture, food, and arts and crafts should be managed to the benefit of the community. In the new knowledge economy, the knowledge of individuals is the greatest asset. The tacit and explicit components of indigenous knowledge must, therefore, be managed efficiently. The use of communities of practice serve as an example of a means of exchanging knowledge between communities, external parties with an interest in the conservation of indigenous knowledge and facilitators who can help with the creation and maintenance of indigenous knowledge.
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