Sunday, May 27, 2012

Narayana Rao - Knol - Announcements

Narayana Rao - Knol - Announcements

Narayana Rao - Knol - Announcements


Knol is now closed.
Authors are migrating their content to other platforms.
Knols of Narayana Rao - Migration details are in

It has alphabetical lists and 92 subject wise lists.

Knollers - Knol Authors - Subject Classification - A list started


KNOL QUESTION AND ANSWER BOARD started. The knol will have 10 coauthors

Knol Bulletin Board knol started by me
Starting writing about select schemes of various mutual funds of India. If in the downtrend, equity portfolios are to be developed, we have to know the details of various investment options.
Subject area added: Principles of Economics by Alfred Marshall
Course knol added:
Subject area added: Financial Management

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Evolution of a Dynamic Knol Author (Knoller) Community

Evolution of a Dynamic Knol Author (Knoller) Community

Evolution of a Dynamic Knol Author (Knoller) Community

A dynamic knol author (knoller) community has evolved. Now on many close to 1000 new knols are being published.




Need for a Dynamic Knol Author (Knoller)  Community

Knol authors (knollers) have come together to form an author community on a more formal basis and initiate actions for the benefit of readers and visitors of knol as well as for the benefit of authors, google and other entities involved in the knol project.
Some of the issues or areas that need attention and initiative from knol author community are:
Knol promotion
Knol author (knoller) development
Knol quality development
Knoller motivation program
Knol platform development
Knol visitor community development
Knol commercial aspects development
Some initiatives in this context were taken Andrew Kemper, Julian and some others in initiating knols highlighting - new features required, knol lists, knol olympics, and knol certification etc. But the scale of initiatives is very small compared to the amount of effort required to achieve a great success.
Author community has to develop objectives and  mission first for the knol author community. Then it has to come out with goals and vision. Then specific initiatives that contribute to the acievement of goals have to developed and implemented.
What should be the objectives of knol author community?  
Contribute your thoughts.

While each Knol-writer has something unique to contribute, their effectiveness can increase if they do some synergizing in addition to their work at the individual level (Johnson C. Philip).
The above portion of this knol was last edited on 27th October 2008

Knol Author Foundation

The knol was started with the title "Need for a Dynamic Knol Author (Knoller)  Community." This knol gave the starting step for the formation of knol author foundation which was registered by Sajid Khan along with two more persons in the state of New Jersey.

Dynamic Knoller Community and Its Initiatives

Now there is a dynamic knoller community. Different initiatives were launched by different authors in various languages and countries and subjects.

Centurion Knollers

Knol completed its first year of public operations in July 2009. As we now look at the output of knol authors, we find there are many knol authors who have posted more than 100 knols. 100 knols is a recommended for making a significant presence on a social or public article publishing platform by an author. An author who published 100 knols has spent significant amount of time and effort on the knol platform. He has committed his time to the success of the platform. He will be ready to participate in any new initiative launched to accelerate the growth of the platform.
54 centurion knollers were identified by me and other authors so far. We may identify many more and more authors will join the ranks once they realize the need to post more knols. The centurion knoller group will play a significant in the progress of knol by participating vigorously in initiatives to recruit more authors, write more knols, improve the quality of knols, guide new authors and promote knol.

110 centurion knollers are identified so far.


Short urls

Narayana Rao - 14 Feb 2011


I wrote several knols about simple subjects, but thus far, can only find them when I use my name as a search term, rather than words in the title, or the general category, e.g. recipe. So I know that someone searching for, say, recipes, won't necessarily find my recipes.

Anyway, my take is, indexing should be very high on the list.

Carole Powell - 22 Nov 2008

Knol help team is responding to many of our requests. But still there is much to be done. We have to keep pointing issues to them. To increase interaction among knol authors and visitor we are presently organizing a bulletin board. You can write messages to fellow authors and visitors in the board. Please have a look at it and write your first message.

Narayana Rao - 22 Nov 2008

Knol Quality

I would be glad to take on a formal role for Knol.

I will take requests for edits and reviews, under certain conditions.

Everyone, let me know what you think. I will start a knol about my system of editing if people are interested.

Anonymous - 20 Nov 2008

I have my BA in English, and I've been a career writer and editor for several years (Literary and commercial).

Editorially, I can make broad suggestions and do line edits. Other than that, it's really up to the author to gather sources and build their own perspective in general.

Anonymous - 20 Nov 2008

Addison, great, but what are your specialities, and your experience in your role? How do you intend to help? With language, English, Grammar, content?

MBP Lee - 20 Nov 2008


Comments are supposed to be in relation to the article. Please refrain from promoting your agenda, no matter how legitimate it is, by posting SPAM on my Knol. I'm sure you did not intend it as spam but it is what it amounts to as it is not sollicited.

Fran├žois Reeves - 20 Nov 2008

I believe that people are so used to criticise others that they do not realise that they are not helping one bit with criticism and on "constructive criticism." Or even encouragement.

MBP Lee - 20 Nov 2008

I understand your comment. But as you mentioned in your comment, there is certainly a reason that I communicated the message through the comment column. My idea is that the author community comes out with various ideas and practices that are appreciated by many and are of benefit to the knol visitor community, author community and all other agencies connected with knol.

Narayana Rao - 15 Oct 2008

Promoting Knols

I agree that all those interested in creating this data base must all cooperate and support one another. However there are some people who prefer to destroy others rather than help to build up this community. Howe can we assist one another? By NOT BEING EGOTISTICAL AND SELFISH. I have come to this site to see how I can help. Are you interested in what I have tried to create? Why are we only interested in self promotion and to hell with others? Let's see how much we are willing to promote one another?

MBP Lee - 26 Oct 2008

I thank you for visiting this knol and posting the comment. I could visit your knols because of it.

I feel knol is new platform. We all have to first promote knol as a platform. Yes there can be competition among authors. But it is a long way from now. At this moment there is nothing to compete. First of all join as group to promote knol, make it popular among people. Then, yes we can compete for sharing the fruits of success. Now even roots are not proper. Where is the question of fruit?

I feel that authors have not come together yet. Not even five or ten.

It took me 2 days to develop the structure of knols in one subject. Just giving a name to the knol and write two or three topic headings in which I want to develop the material. I want to develop a community that will keep adding small bits to these knols and enlarge it and update. I plan to open knols for 40 subjects. It will take me 80 full days only to just open knol pages to initiate my project. It is a long way ahead to bring our plans into a beginning prototype.

My appeal to authors is not to feel critical about anybody. If knol succeeds there will enough for thousands of authors. Let us appreciate everybody's creativity. But let us appeal to authors not put down anybody.

If I am upsetting anybody, I am ready to listen and desist from doing such things.

Narayana Rao - 26 Oct 2008

This knol is an authoritative article - Self Certification by the Author

This knol is an authoritative article - Self Certification by the Author

This knol is an authoritative article - Self Certification by the Author

Self Certification the Author


Knol's Main Aim

This knol was last revised on 9th October 2008. The idea is an old idea.
Knol's main aim is to create authoritative articles about  specific topics.

But the platform provides an opportunity for experimentation by authors to provide various formats. But unless the main objective is fulfilled to a large extent, Knol may not succeed in the first place to provide opportunity for other forms of expression by us (author community).
How many of knols are authoritative articles on a specific topic?
Knol platform has tried to give badges and identify some knols as quality knols and most popular knols by viewers.
Why not authors themselves give a certificate to their knol?
Self certify yourself. Make an entry of the knol that you self certify here. Each author  can open a knol and certify his knols there. Authors can give their knols here. So that other authors can see them, read the article and then they give their certification. 
Knol author community has to come out with best knol list. We need to think of various alternatives for this objective. One idea came to my mind. Why don't we decide to write one detailed knol each quarter and list it a one place. May be now there are 5000 knol authors. If each author writes one detailed knol every quarter we will have 5000 very good knols certified by the author himself every quarter. In a year, we will have 20,000 best knol list. We can promote that list using Orkut communities, Facebook communities and blogs. We need the list first. Please give your ideas as an entry or comment.

Author Self Certified Knols (As Authoritative and Comprehensive Articles)

1. Focus of Industrial Engineering, Author: Narayana Rao K.V.S.S.
2. Socialization, Narayana Rao K.V.S.S.
(Modified by Mr. Sajid Khan)
3. Communication: Importance and Definition, Narayana Rao K.V.S.S.

Other Author Certification Knol

The aim of knoller (knol author) community must be to create a large number of certifiied (authoritative or comprehensive) knols and provide utility to the visitors to the knol.

Open Collaboration Knol

This knol is an open collaboration knol. Contribute to it.


Need to create more knols, more quality knols and to recruit more authors

For the success of knol project, we the existing authors have to contribute. Can each of us recruit one more author and double the number of knol authors in three months. If every quarter, an existing author recruits one more author, the number of authors will skyrocket to a big number in two or three years.

The number of knols will increase and number of visitors will increase.

We need to make efforts to increase good knols also and self certification by knol authors for some of their knols could be a way of building a good-knol database. From that list further grading can be done by author community and visitor community.

Authors have to get involved in the endeavor to take the knol towards a successful outcome.
Narayana Rao - 14 Apr 2009

This knol is an authoritative article - Certification by Other Authors

This knol is an authoritative article - Certification by Other Authors

This knol is an authoritative article - Certification by Other Authors

Certification by Other Authors



Knol's main aim is to create authoritative articles about specific topics.

But the platform provides an opportunity for experimentation by authors to provide various formats. But unless the main objective is fulfilled to a large extent, Knol may not succeed in the first place to provide opportunity for other forms of expression by us (author community).

Therefore make an attempt to certify knols by any other author as an authoritative knol. If we can certify a great number of knols as authoritative articles we can make a noise about it in various forms of media. If we can't then we have to change our approach to creating knols. Start.

Certified Knols List


1.Knol Culture - Author: Addison Williams

Certified by: Narayana Rao K.V.S.S.

 I liked the article. It is worth reading.


2. Creating your own knol directory - Author: Cedric Dupont

Certified by: Narayana Rao K.V.S.S.


3. Origin of the Earth's Magnetic Field - Author: J. Marvin Herndon

Certified by: Narayana Rao K.V.S.S.


4. IT Audit and Risk Assessment - Author: Robert Jenkins

Certified by: Narayana Rao K.V.S.S.


6. Clean Energy 2030 - Author: Jeffery Greenblatt

Certified by: Narayana Rao K.V.S.S.





I notice that you have been trying to encourage the fellow knol-writers to become quality conscious. While you might not see the results immediately, your efforts will surely have long-range results.

Shastri JC Philip - 25 Mar 2009

Actually I don't think this is a very good idea.
The best way to make a knol a certified authoritative information source on a specific topic is by rating it, or linking to it in other knols also related to this particular topic.

This here looks more like an attempt at creating a link-net, and looks (to me) like "just another form of spam", and I think Knol will have to deal with plenty of these.

Sorry if this sounds harsh.

Laurent Malvert - 25 Mar 2009

Dear Dr. Johnson Philip

Thank you for the optimistic comment.
We all have to put in our bit for the success of the platform.

Narayana Rao - 27 Oct 2008

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Google Knol A Knowledge Management System (KMS) or an Encyclopedia

Google Knol A Knowledge Management System (KMS) or an Encyclopedia

Google Knol A Knowledge Management System (KMS) or an Encyclopedia


Many persons have compared with Knol with Wikipedia and there are many web pages and blogs with negative comments about knol.
They said there is no uniform formatting, no continous update of the material, etc.
If Knol is treated as an encyclopedia that should provide a single structured piece of information to people those criticisms may be valid. But when you look at Knol as a knowledge management system that facilitates knowledge creation, knowledge searching-finding, collaboration in knowledge synthesis with divergence in thinking,  simultaneous development of multiple paradigms on a topic in an open collaboration platform, knowledge integation through creative common attribution licence within the knol itself, and knowledge utilization by attracting a large visitors base, Knol is evolving into powerful platform.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Good Things - Happenings in Knol

Good Things - Happenings in Knol

Good Things - Happenings in Knol

Many good things are happening in Knol.



Many good things happened on Knol.
It is closed to public access from 1 May 2012. Also, it is now not functional even though it is supposed to be open up to 1st October

Many good things are happening in Knol.
 Knol is going to complete three years of public operations and start fourth year of operations on 27 July 2011. Many good things have happened and are happening. There is very good content on Knol in many subjects.
Knol Directory of Interesting Knols  highlights many interesting knols in 225+ subjects, topics and countries.
Many articles (600,000)  in various subjects have appeared in knol.
Many distinguished persons have registered with knol as authors.
Many of them are developing a series of articles in the subjects of their expertise.
Large number of interesting and popular knols  Knol Search Directory of Interesting Knols
Can we specifically identify and  mention them?

I. Experts Who are Writing on Knol

Carl Hewitt is Emeritus in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He obtained his PhD in mathematics at MIT in 1971
American  interdisciplinary scientist, President and CEO of Transdyne Corporation in San Diego, California.
Professor, National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE), Mumbai, India
Course Facilitator - Entrepreneurship Education
Brisbane, Australia
Southbank Institute of Technology

Dallas, Texas
Due Diligence Analyst/ VP of Sales
New York City, NY

Businessmen, Business Executives

owner of
Director of MyOrbit EBiz Channel, Alpha Neuron Business Decisions, and CEO of 7Avenues private equity
Todd Brabender
President of Spread The News Public Relations, Inc.

Emanuel B. Halper is President of American Development & Consulting Corp. (a Greenvale, New York real estate consultancy) and a Distinguished Scholar in Residence and Visiting Professor at Hofstra University School of Law.

II. Subject Encyclopedias in Making

Some authors have appropriately started developing number of knols in their subject of expertise, so that an encyclopedia of that subject will evolve in due course.
Research Methodology
Legal Research
Startup finance
Industrial Engineering and Management
Emotional Intelligence and Wisdom

IIIA. Academic Areas, Subjects and Specializations within Subjects That Appeared in Knol

Industrial Engineering
Investment Analysis
Index of legal research knols
Portfolio Management
Research Methodolgy
Security Analysis

IIIB. Useful Areas and Topics

Wedding related issues
Pet care

IV. New Ideas

1. Knol certification: Mr.Narayana Rao K.V.S.S. created an idea for certification of knols as authoritative articles by other authors and authors themselves (self certification).
1a. Mr. Chris Lemens created a knol to facilitate certification of law knols.
Such initiatives may help in developing quality knols and providing them to knol readers.
2. Knol Debates
 3. Knol Bulletin Board
Knol bulletin board now moved Mr. Kalle Schwartz's Knols. Cooperation among Knol authors across the countries.
4. Knol question and Answer Board. Visitors can ask questions

V. New Initiatives on Knol Platform

1. Knol Debates.
2. Visitor knol-wise statistics
Now for each knol, the number of viewers is available for authors as well as visitors to see. This will help visitors to feel the popularity of a knol and author also to know the popularity of the topic. This will increase motivation of both visitors and authors.
3. Holiday craft knols
4. Knol - How to for dummies contest

VI. Knol Author Foundation

Knol Author Foundation is being organized. This foundation will facilitate collective activity of authors spread over many countries.

VI. Collaboration between Professor, Current Students and Alumni

The facilities in knol make it possible for collaboration between a professor (s), current students and alumni. Materials can be made more relevant to practice with the involvement of alumni who are in commercial organizations.
Narayana Rao K.V.S.S. is trying an initiative this semester using this provision.

VII. Bibliography Building 

Bibliographies on various topics can be built with the involvement many authors. Authors can add their articles and research papers to relevant knols.
Narayana Rao K.V.S.S. has set up two concept directories.
Management concept directory
The knols included in these directories will have bibliography of research papers year-wise.

VIII. Knol Quality Badges

A good initiative. The quality badges facilitate visitors to identify very good knols. They also encourage authors to modify their knols to improve them to higher levels of quality.

IX. Performance Records

Momentum in performance for Knol

Knol Page Views and Visitors - Historical Record - K.V.S.S. Narayana Rao

August 2011
Now monthly visitors are close to 55,000 and monthly page views crossed 78,000.
Knol has traction

Monthly visitors: 42,891 Historical record
Monthly Page views 61,439 Historical record

Congratulations Will Johnson

First English Language author to register more than 500 knols with 1000 page views and more. Actually there are 519 knols (15.2.2011) with 1000 page views and more.

67,490 weekly page views.

Will Johnson is also the first English Language Individual author to register weekly page views above 50,000.

X. Usage of Knol in Flexible Way to Create Multiple Forms

Knol - Forms, Types and Varieties

XI. Top Knols - Thousands

Top Knols are being identified in various years and categories

Top Knols - Knol Book

Top Knols - English - July 2008
Top Knols - English - August 2008

XII. ReKnolling/ ReBlogging feature

Knols with Resharing Option - A Knol Collection

XIII. Promotion for Knols

XIV. Knol: A Top Thousand Website?

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Multi LInguistic On Line Debates

alberto calle - 31 Jan 2009