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2.11.1 General considerations

Future generations will command more knowledge and capability than the present generation [IAEA-2006c]. However, knowledge and insight might also be lost.

The majority of texts on subjects, such as knowledge management, are concerned with the preservation of knowledge as a corporate (or group, such as the nuclear industry as whole) asset. In this sense, it is about ensuring that the knowledge of an individual is shared with others and about making this knowledge available at any time. In the present context the time horizon is much longer and may go well beyond the lifetime of individuals or corporations, even beyond the duration of a society. Moreover, site specific knowledge and information may be much more vulnerable to loss than are generic knowledge and capabilities.

Long term knowledge management and the intentional transmission of information will have to address four main issues:

  1. How to transmit knowledge over long periods of time;
  2. The kind of knowledge to be stored;
  3. The types of data and information needed;
  4. The types of storage media.

The first of the above issues is the most important and the most difficult to resolve.