Knowledge management and safeguarding Indian traditional knowledge

Pant, Ankur ; Moorthy, A L

Abstract

Traditional knowledge (TK) is the knowledge base of a particular society or community which has been generated over a period of time through the process of learning and sharing by its members. TK is time tested and has been playing a vital role in sustainable development of the indigenous communities. Commercialization of biodiversity and traditional knowledge has increased the threat of misappropriation. Indian cultural and scientific heritage is discussed in this paper. Proper KM practices are required to tap that knowledge. This paper highlights the need to develop an Indigenous Knowledge Management System (IKMS) for indigenous communities which should document the knowledge heritage (without jeopardizing local culture, societal practices, IPRs, etc.) and it should also improve the process of adaptation, adoption and experimentation of the traditional knowledge. To develop an IKMS, various types of knowledge management tools and platforms are discussed. This paper also highlights the major issues/challenges in management of traditional knowledge.

Keyword(s)

Traditional Knowledge; Knowledge Management; Indigenous Knowledge Management System (IKMS); Indian Scientific Heritage

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