439Re: [K-Logs] Categorizing organizational weblogs
- Apr 25, 2004Another would be areas-of-practice weblogs - logs devoted to a
particular topic and area of interest for both lawyer and client.
M. Sean Fosmire msf@...
Garan Lucow Miller, P.C.
> Dear K-loggers,
> There has been significant progress in the application of weblogs
> to corporate/organizational networks since this group was founded.
> It's clear that people are starting to understand that weblogs can
> be used to filter and flow information that benefits organizational
> Here is how I would categorizing them:
> 1) General news weblogs. News from general news sources that are
> applicable to internal audiences. With or without editorial comment
> by the author. These may be automated (via search terms -- it is
> possible to build a RSS news feed from Google News and republish it
> as a weblog).
> 2) Organization specific news weblogs. Internal initiatives (HR,
> Sales, etc.). Press releases. Competitor information. Product
> updates. etc.
> 3) Joblogs. Weblogs that detail what an employee/member has
> accomplished during the day. This is an easy way to start
> weblogging in an organization. It can be used to keep track of
> consultants, geographically dispersed employees, work at home
> employees, etc. If you have people like that in your organization
> that you manage and your aren't using a weblog to track their
> progress, you are missing out.
> 4) Projectlogs. This is a varient on the Joblog but is authored
> by multiple project team participants. It is a great way to track a
> project's progress. It allows people that are infrequently attached
> to a project to keep tabs on progress. It can be used to spool a
> new team member up to speed quickly. It is also a great archive to
> project documents/files (with context as to why they are important).
> 5) Research weblogs. This is a more formal use of weblogs to
> publish research. It allows the analyst to publish finished
> work-product and supporting documents/sources. It allows the
> analyst to interact with the readers in a way that improves the
> quality of the research. This is a good way to publish original
> There are probably lots more, let me know the types of weblogs
> you are running that don't fall into these categories.
> Research Weblogs
> I have spent lots of time building research weblogs (for a
> research company I ran) since 1997 (although they weren't called
> weblogs at that time -- my effort was to chunk content and organize
> it in channels in a reverse chronology). Most recently, I have
> begun to publish a research weblog and have found what I think is a
> good format. The site is focused on the next generation of
> terrorism (tough topic, but I have some experience in these areas
> that I think can help):
> The format is derived from a combination of my personal writing
> style and that of Forrester Research (I was the senior Internet
> analyst there). It is a combination of posted research "briefs"
> which are moderate length analytical content. These briefs are
> designed for scanning with multiple bullets for major points (most
> people scan the Web rather than read). Here are some examples:
> Destabilizing Terrorist Networks:
> Mapping Terrorist Networks:
> The other post is a "journal" entry. This looks like a standard
> weblog post in that it usually has a few links and contains only a
> single idea. Here are some examples:
> Flight delays (power outages at LAX due to birds):
> Attacks on Systems? (looks at the recent terrorist attack on Iraqi oil systems):
> I will be working on new ways to present research on a weblog. More soon. Hope this helps.
> John Robb
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