The Knowledge Activities periodic table is a great way to display several processes in an organized fashion.
The ultimate goal of this periodic is to make affinities more evident: Which activities play well or complement with each others each other. This is suggesting possible new combinations to experiment, explore like chemists are playing with test tubes, or children try to assemble Lego blocks.

On each cell, one will find a detail card with a definition, some people to follow, great links, books. This is yet another example of Open Knowledge Sharing made possible using Kneaver technology (others are Open Twitter Chat Directory and #PKMChat). Cards are hosted and co-created on GoogleDoc and kept up-to-date automatically. The resulting work is both synthetic, applicable and live, crowdsourced, always updated.

Activities will be assigned a 3 letter symbol, reusing their acronym if one exists.

Click on “WOL” below to see a first example of a detailed card.
Motivation and description of the project are below the table.

<-- On left the most "learning centric" activities / On the right the most "sharing centric" activities -->
All conventions are subject to discussion, including adding columns, rows, color codes).
Another way to arrange it would be L&D on left, KM (collecting, organizing) on right.

Row 0: Mental processes (taking place in the brain of one person only with not help of any device)
Row 1: Processes/activities done by one person only (but possibly with many observers, readers)
Row 2: Processes/activities done by small group (less than 5)
Row 3: Processes/activities done by teams/tribes/network (CoP, Chats ?)
Row 4: Processes/activities done by large groups (together)

Now let’s fill it up. Inspiration can be found in #PKMChat topics.

For each cell, this icon is the link to comment or edit the associated Google Doc document.

Examples of Periodic Tables:

Periodic Table of Character Strengths via @Ripples4U

Periodic table of Visualization Methods via @ActiveLearn

Knowledge Map Canvas via Jeremy Chrystman ‏@BI_bestpractice

Each cell will have

An abbreviation of the process name: Cu for curation for example.

A few numeric indicators:

Active: Number of person actives (this gives the row / period indication).

Impact: Number of people potential gaining knowledge as a consequence of the process.

Learning: If the activity is mostly about learning, sharing, collecting knowledge.

When one click on a cell it will open a modal window with more details like

  • Description
  • Key elements of the activity: what it takes, what is created, shared etc…
  • Key writing: Books, blog posts on the topic.
  • People influential, sharing or writing on the topic. Best is to have the twitter handle, if not the blog and the name of the person.
  • Compability with other activities. A quick visual help for combination of activities

The table is extensible, as is it’s model in chemical elements. When more columns or rows will be needed they will be added.

The exact guidelines for placing processes will be explicit during #SlowChat #PKMChat from July 15th to August 26th. An alternative idea would be to place activities more learning oriented on right, more collecting oriented on left.

The list of activities and process is not limited. What are different activities or processes is open to discussion. A good starting point is the list of #PKMChat topics for the year 2014-2015.

A seed list:
– ScL: Social Learning
– Blg: Blogging
– Cur Curation
– LfX: Learning from Experience
– ClX: Classifying (Taxonomies!)
– Meta-learning (learning how to learn)
– WOL Working out loud