While I’ve owned knowledgecog.com for a few months, and I’ve had a few ideas of what I wanted to do with it, it wasn’t until recently that I actually put my ideas into practice.
I wanted to create a site that acted as a portal for all the great knowledge management blogs out there, and would automatically pull content onto that site so that I (and anyone else of course) could read it all in one place.
So I created Knowledge Cog — which pulls in the feeds from a bunch of knowledge management blogs (you can see which blogs on the right-hand sidebar) every two hours. And the site updates automatically, so we can always read the latest posts.
But I also didn’t want to detract from anyone else’s page views or visitors, because that wouldn’t really be fair to the people who create this great content. So instead of displaying all the content of a post, the site simply display the first 125 characters, and links to the original site’s content.
This way, you can browse through a whole bunch of fresh knowledge management content on the front page of Knowledge Cog, and click on the post link, which will take you to the actual article on the site of choice (you can also visit the site directly from the right sidebar).
My hope with this site is that it provides a new way to present and explore content, as well asÂ showing only the freshest content — so one visit to Knowledge Cog will show you what’s new in the knowledge management blogosphere.
There a few bugs that I’m still working through with this. For instance, the feeds don’t always display a summary beneath the post title (I’m assuming this is because the feed is not fully syndicated, so I don’t think there’s much I can do about that).
I still also need to install a plugin to forward the original WordPress feed to the Feedburner feed that I’ve set up for this. Apologies in advance — the RSS metafeed will be working soon enough. If anyone has any comments on how to improve the site or functionality they would like to see on it, please just let me know! UPDATE: The RSS feed is now working.