Networking with NetIKX

NetIKX (the Network for Information and Knowledge Exchange) hosted a sell-out event at the British Dental Association in London yesterday.  Lively debate and discussion followed the presentations (by Nicky Whitsed of the Open University and Hazel Hall of Napier University and the LISRC). You can read more about the presentations and the discussions here.NetIKX was created in 2006, but its pedigree goes back further to the Aslib Information Resource Management (IRM) Network which was founded in 1992.  Members of NetIKX meet six times a year for presentations and discussion.  The membership is a balanced mix of public and private sectors, from one-person bands to large multinationals.   NetIKX is now in year two of its three-year Programme Framework.  The next event, scheduled for March, 2011, will explore whether KM still has a role in organisational strategy (another lively debate, no doubt!).   In May there will be a SharePoint seminar hosted jointly with CLSIG.Further events in 2011 will cover risk management (July); the development of internal capabilities (September); and how Web 2.0/3.0  is transforming information services. The growing popularity of professional networks like NetIKX demonstrates how keen our profession is on peer-to-peer learning and sharing.  It also shows that, no matter how joined up we are through a range of social media, sometimes an animated, face-to-face discussion over coffee or wine is the best possible learning experience.