Today's guest post is by Travis Ross, a very gifted Grad Student working with Ted Castronova. I got the chance to meet him on the Arden project, and most recently at Ludium II. His post gets at some of the core concepts of online interaction. - ron
I have been thinking for sometime now about the possibilities of tacit learning in virtual worlds. Throughout my graduate studies I have been bombarded by problems of knowledge management within organizations. Much of it has been talk about how organizations can attempt to capture explicit or tacit knowledge. First off, what are tacit and explicit knowledge? My disclaimer here is that this blog post does not create fully operational definitions of “Explicit” and “Tacit” knowledge. However, they serve my purpose, to give us a starting point from which to examine these ideas.