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The Knowledge Continuum - Organizing for Research and Scholarly Communication



P Vassallo


The Office of Information Services (OIS) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology is undergoing a major organizational transition to function as a cohesive unit under the concept of the Knowledge of Continuum. It proposes that the processes which contribute to the creation of new knowledge in the research environment form part of a continuum which has no beginning and no end. Thus, it further proposes that the Knowledge Continuum is best served by an organizational structure which extends its contribution and role in the scholarly process of research to produce and disseminate results which benefit scholarly communication.The Knowledge Continuum assesses the various elements that contribute to scholarly communication and seeks to provide a continuum of support services whereby the identification, absorption, utilization, and manipulation of existing knowledge merge with the organization, creation, and dissemination of new knowledge. The concept sought to capitalize on, and extend, an organizational structure which was already formally in place.Thus, while the NIST research library and information support resources and services as well as the technical publications and information services were brought together organizationally within the Office of Information Services in 1983, it was not until 1993 that a major concerted effort was initiated to complete the unification process through the creation and adoption of the concept of a Knowledge Continuum.
Issue 3


digital library, electronic publishing, information, knowledge continuum, knowledge management, scholarly communication, virtual library, virtual museum


Vassallo, P. (1999), The Knowledge Continuum - Organizing for Research and Scholarly Communication, (Accessed April 18, 2024)
Created March 1, 1999, Updated November 15, 2019