Knowledge management and the coronavirus pandemic: an online discussion


  • Chris Zielinski University of Winchester


Knowledge management, infodemic, infodemiology, volume of information, velocity of information, multiple discourses


Between 30 March and mid-June 2020, the Knowledge Management for Development (KM4Dev) listserv was host to an online discussion on KM & Coronavirus, moderated by Chris Zielinski. Over 30 participants submitted some 80 contributions to the discussion. A Knowledge Café was held on 14 May 2020 in which the topic was further discussed ( The present paper seeks to organize this rich material thematically and summarize the discussions. The KM4Dev wiki contains the complete set of emails received ( The principal contributors to the discussion are named in this summary, and the full list of discussants is given in the acknowledgements.


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