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With ever increasing amount of knowledge and its complexity, it became inevitable for different industries to understand and dissect knowledge from various different angles. Looking at different situations and health outcomes despite the abundance of knowledge, there still exists a significant knowledge gap. In an effort to narrow the know-do gap, knowledge mapping is suggested to be a practical tool. According to Wiki, Knowledge mapping is defined to be ‘data gathering, survey, exploring, discovery, conversation, disagreement, gap analysis, education and synthesis’ (http://kmwiki.wikispaces.com/Knowledge+mapping). Similarly, Khan and colleagues describes ‘knowledge mapping’ as processes of creating a ‘knowledge map’ based on four important elements such as function of the map, the knowledge type, the recipient, and the visualization type. Both authors agree on its purpose in locating knowledge & information, pointing out right personnel, knowledge flows, and eventually being able to integrate all components into the appropriate framework. Knowledge mapping has been widely used as a method in knowledge translation in various settings such as healthcare systems, policy making, institutional management, technology research and developments, and community (Hamilton 2011). http://www.nccmt.ca/registry/view/eng/102.html Methods After explaining key concepts including knowledge map and knowledge mapping in details, this article reviews a number of examples of knowledge mapping used in the health care realm. Examples were presented from different levels such as institutional, community, and policy. Authors discusses the example of knowledge mapping at the policy level from the Phillipines in details to explain the visual framework of kn... ... middle of paper ... ...s evidently dependent on effective KM. Among many ways to ensure effective KM, Knowledge mapping is one technique that allows knowledge and main ideas to be demonstrated more clearly through graphics and links by creating knowledge maps. Knowledge map includes key players, sources, flows, and relationships, and dynamics (Wiki). By creating effective knowledge map, healthcare systems and organizations can be better informed of all actors within their organizations, sometimes by avoiding duplication of efforts, knowing people and linking people. Balaid and colleagues emphasize on understanding the importance of knowledge mapping in KM and suggest a number of techniques of knowledge mapping as a tool to improve KM. Appropriate knowledge mapping in organizations can help provide some tangible methods in improving KM processes and hence bringing organizational success.
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