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Cyberinfrastructure: an emerging knowledge management platform

Mirghani S. Mohamed (Information Systems & Services, The George Washington University, Washington, District of Columbia, USA)


ISSN: 0305-5728

Article publication date: 26 June 2007




The paper seeks to outline the capabilities of cyberinfrastructure (CI) as a new knowledge‐sharing conduit. The article introduces CI properties and parameters that align with KM concepts and principles. It also describes the utilization of a CI framework in facilitating virtual enterprises and their communities. Finally, the article outlines the three major challenges in the way of CI deployment as a knowledge mobilization medium in the public domain.


The article reviews extensive literature on CI from the approach of KM principles. It summarizes the relationship between CI and previous network architectures, and how that contributes to its expected dominance as a new KM platform.


CI can be regarded as the architecture that narrows the historical gap between KM and the bivalent logic technologies. This can be attributed to the fact that it adds people and services to fundamental network components. However, KM practitioners must be cautious in utilizing it to deploy KM programs. This is due to the inherited binary effects, information overloading, and security issues surrounding open, inter‐operable environments.


This overview consists of useful information on an inventive network configuration and its appropriateness as a new KM platform.



Mohamed, M.S. (2007), "Cyberinfrastructure: an emerging knowledge management platform", VINE, Vol. 37 No. 2, pp. 126-132.



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