My holiday at the beach last week was interrupted by the news that the actKM Forum discussion group, of which I am currently the Convenor, had disappeared off the Yahoo! Groups site. As it turns out, on 15 January, a number of Yahoo groups related to Knowledge Management disappeared completely from Yahoo! without notice or known cause. The groups were actKM, KM-Malaysia and NCSI-KM-Forum (based in India). To date, Yahoo! has provided neither explanation or assistance regarding the disappearances, and the groups don’t know if the disappearances were the result of administrative activity by Yahoo! or if they were malicious.
The most prominent of these groups was actKM. It has been operating on Yahoo since 1999, it had over 1500 members and many thousands of messages covering every dimension of the knowledge management discipline. actKM has been studied and written about extensively due to its prominence as a virtual community of practice.
Since 15 January, all three groups have taken steps to recover the situation and continue their activity. actKM is migrating to its own discussion list at www.actkm.org and is encouraging all those who were part of the Yahoo group to join the new list. The new actKM website is based on a blog.
KM-Malaysia has been superseded by the KMAM Yahoo group at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/kmam/. NCSI-KM-Forum has started a temporary Yahoo group while they determine the best way forward http://finance.groups.yahoo.com/group/IKM-Forum/
One of the positives to come from the disappearance of these groups is the way in which many individuals and KM communities of practice across the globe have rallied to support the affected groups. I would also call on fellow bloggers to help spread the word so that members of these groups know what’s happening. It’s also a big wake-up call to those with communities hosted on Yahoo! Groups and the like.
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