What do we mean by knowledge?

Land & Water Australia defines knowledge broadly, encompassing tacit knowledge - in people's heads, and explicit knowledge - in research reports, databases and technologies. When we use the term knowledge we also include information.

Philosophically speaking, knowledge (and information generally) usually emerges from data, which is why we do research. The correct application of knowledge can produce wisdom.

Natural resource management and agriculture demands credible, high quality scientific knowledge. We place strong emphasis on making this happen. At the same time we embrace other ways of knowing, including the practical landscape knowledge of farmers and indigenous peoples.

We recognise that knowledge can take many forms, including technologies, systems understanding and new insights.

Translating knowledge into practice requires highly skilled processes in its own right.

External Resources

The European Guide to Good Practice in Knowledge Management