n Mousaion - Some thoughts on the trends, issues, challenges and opportunities of information and knowledge management teaching and research in South Africa

Volume 29, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0027-2639



Information management and knowledge management mean the same thing to some and different things to others. Ultimately, handling or studying information and knowledge management as the same thing or as two different things still raises a lot of debate and confusion. An example of this would be the distinction between data management (DM) and information management (IM), or between IM and information resource management (IRM), across space and time. There are more shared research approaches, processes, strategies, technologies, content, concepts and know-how between knowledge management (KM) and IM than can be imagined and that often blurs the distinctions between them. Here, we have tried to conceptualise information and knowledge management before contextualising them within the broader issues, challenges and opportunities in research and teaching in South African i-schools. We have done this by using experiential knowledge, observations, a literature review and a content analysis of curricula and syllabi that were available during the writing of this article.

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