Top 6 Tools to Support Knowledge Sharing in Your Organization
In a previous article I showed you why it is beneficial to support Knowledge Sharing in your organization. If you haven’t read this article yet go and check it out first: How to Support Knowledge Sharing in Your Organization?
In this follow up post I will show you the top 6 tools you can use to as part of your Knowledge Sharing Infrastructure. The main focus is on how those tools can be used to to support parts or the entire outlined concept.
1. WordPress and WordPressMU
WordPress is world’s leading blogging platform. It is free and easy to use. The open source project is driven by a dedicated community. Due to its plug-in architecture and strong user community there are tons of plugins available for WordPress.
A self-hosted version that can be installed on any server is available. WordPressMU is a special version of WordPress that allows multiple blogs on one installation. WordPressMU could be uses out of the box to establish a corporate blogging system.
- Best blogging solution available
- Very easy to use
- Lack of social networking features beyond blogging (The new BuddyPress project tries to deliver something on this front)
Drupal is best open source content management system available. Equipped with a powerful blend of features, Drupal supports a variety of websites ranging from personal weblogs to large community-driven websites. Like WordPress it also has a very strong user community and many plugins.
- Great CMS Platform
- Social Networking Features are available.
- Complex system, harder to use than WordPress
- Social Networking features are not integrated out of the box.
SharePoint is an integrated suite of products to create a Microsoft intranet and collaboration portal.
- Technology might be already in use in your organization
- Integration into the corporate IT Infrastructure
- Many tools available (File Repo, Links, Wiki)
- Document Management Centric
- Hard to customize to specific needs
4. Yammer, SocialCast
- Easy to use Micro-blogging solution
- Good support for Member profiles
- Yammer can not be self hosted
Status.net is a self-hosted open source Micro-blogging server.
- Similar to Yammer and Twitter but open source and self-hosted
- Good for the Micro-blogging and Member Profile part
- Focus just Micro-blogging. Needs to be integrated into an overall platform
6. The Elgg Social Media Platform
To realize the outlined concept the integration of different tools like Profiles, Microblogs, Blogs, Wikis into a common News Feeds is key.
The Elgg Social Media Platform is the fastest and easiest way to realize the outlined concept. Elgg is a free, open source social media platform. It is more than just social networking but can support a huge variety of social media tools like bookmarking, blogging, wikis, files, RSS feeds, micro-blogging and more – all in one platform.
Elgg allows individuals to create, organize and manage their own personal resources and contacts, as well as work with others – co-creating and sharing content and resources – in groups.
There are a huge number of different social media tools available. Although some people can cope with working with a large number of tools; others are overwhelmed by this – and is even putting them off getting engaged with social media.
Using the Elgg social media platform within an organization means:
- You don’t have to rely on cobbling together a mish-mash of stand-alone social media tools
- You don’t have to worry about the security and privacy of data held outside of the organization
- You can provide a seamless environment where members can use a range of social media tools
If you need help setting up your own Elgg environment you can contact the the Elgg consultancy services.Related posts