Top Knowledge Management Conference, KMWorld 2012, Opens in Washington, D.C., Next Week

KMWorld Conference & Expo is returning to D.C. for a third year after moving from its previous home, San Jose, California, in 2010. Keynotes for this year’s event include John Seely Brown, Lt. Col. David S. Sanchez, David Weinberger, Jeremy Bentley, Patrick Lambe, Gary Klein, Col. Nate Allen, Nancy Dixon, John Handler, David Snowden, and other top KM experts.

MEDFORD, N.J. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — October 11, 2012 — The 2012 KMWorld Conference & Expo ( will be holding its 16th annual event in Washington, D.C. (October 17–19 at the Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel). KMWorld is the premier knowledge management conference in the U.S. and several thousand professionals attend the event annually. The event is co-located with Enterprise Search Summit Fall, SharePoint Symposium, and Taxonomy Boot Camp, offering attendees a variety of event registration options to arm themselves with the essential pieces of the information engine that powers today’s effective enterprise.

KMWorld 2012 and its co-located events are headlined by industry-leading keynotes from the sharpest minds in search and knowledge management.

This year’s opening keynote (Wednesday, October 17, 8:45 a.m.) will be delivered by John Seely Brown, Chief of Confusion, Visiting Scholar at USC, Independent Co-Chairman of the Deloitte Center for the Edge, & Author, A New Culture of Learning: Cultivating the Imagination for a World of Constant Change.

Brown creates a vision of learning for the future that is achievable, scalable, and that grows along with the technology that fosters it and the people who engage with it. Gain insights from Brown to apply in your organization for better communication, collaboration, innovation, and knowledge-sharing.

Later, hear from Lt. Col. David S. Sanchez, Deputy PM, USAF Pilot Physician Program, as he explores aligning governance goals with content types and the enterprise managed metadata service. Sanchez will illustrate the challenges of information governance as the USAF begins the process of migrating from multiple knowledge and information management systems to a single knowledge management platform with more than 72,000 site collections.

Thursday begins at 9:00 a.m., with David Weinberger, Senior Researcher, Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Author, Too Big to Know, and Columnist, KMWorld magazine. Weinberger shares his insights on how the concept of knowledge is changing and how we can facilitate its sharing for organizational learning, collaboration, innovation, and more.

Jeremy Bentley, CEO & Founder, Smartlogic, takes the stage at 9:45 a.m. to discuss The Value of Content Intelligence to Big Data. Whether it is social media data posted on Facebook about your product, customer service records, or the enterprise applications of a newly acquired company, your ability to harness this information bears directly on your bottom line.

Join us for our first morning keynote on Friday with a panel discussion at 8:45 a.m., entitled “KM Saves Lives.” Panelists, interviewed by Patrick Lambe, Founder, Straits Knowledge, & Author, Organizing Knowledge, explores the idea, through military, healthcare, and emergency response contexts, that KM is not just a backroom support function but can have significant impact on people’s lives and organizational performance. Panel members include Gary Klein, Senior Scientist, MacroCognition LLC, & Author, Streetlights and Shadows: Searching for the Keys to Adaptive Decision Making; Col. Nate Allen, U.S. Army, National Defense University iCollege, & Co-Author, CompanyCommand: Unleashing the Power of the Army Profession; and Nancy Dixon, Principal Researcher, Common Knowledge Associates.

Jon Handler, Solutions Architect, Amazon CloudSearch, A9, will explain “How the Cloud Transforms Search” in his keynote at 9:45 a.m. Handler will include the top 10 ways the cloud will change traditional search.

KMWorld 2012 wraps up with a closing keynote from Dave Snowden, Founder & Chief Scientific Officer, Cognitive Edge. Snowden discusses how enterprises can make KM strategic and how to find the balance between the excessive order and structure of traditional KM and the near anarchy of social computing.

Registration for KMWorld 2012 and its co-located events will be open through October 15. Attendees wishing to attend all events may register for a Platinum Pass. A Platinum Pass includes access to ALL KMWorld 2012, Enterprise Search Summit Fall, and SharePoint Symposium conference sessions AND two half-day preconference workshops OR Taxonomy Boot Camp. Session times are aligned across all programming and are in close proximity, enabling Platinum Pass holders to derive maximum value—and networking opportunities—as attendees gather together for welcome receptions, lunch and coffee breaks, and more. Registration can be made for one or all events at

Media registration is open to working journalists and analysts with commercial news organizations and research firms. This includes editors, reporters, freelance writers, producers, camera crews, and still photographers. Working journalists and analysts are provided complimentary access to all KMWorld events and activities, excluding the preconference seminars. To register for FREE, please click here.

About Information Today

Information Today, Inc. (, parent company of KMWorld and KMWorld magazine, is a leading publisher and conference organizer in the field of technology and technology applications in today’s enterprise. In addition to KMWorld magazine, Information Today, Inc. publications include Streaming Media magazine, CRM magazine, Speech Technology magazine, Database Trends and Applications magazine, and EContent magazine.

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