Persistent Link:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/105670
Title:
The Knowledge Pyramid: A Critique of the DIKW Hierarchy
Author:
Fricke, Martin
Citation:
The Knowledge Pyramid: A Critique of the DIKW Hierarchy 2008,
Issue Date:
2008
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/105670
Submitted date:
2008-06-11
Abstract:
The paper evaluates the Data-Information-Knowledge-Wisdom (DIKW) Hierarchy. This hierarchy is part of the canon of information science and management. The paper considers whether the hierarchy, also known as the ‘Knowledge Hierarchy’, is a useful and intellectually desirable construct to introduce, whether the views expressed about DIKW are true and have evidence in favour of them, and whether there are good reasons offered or sound assumptions made about DIKW. Arguments are offered that the hierarchy is unsound and methodologically undesirable. The paper identifies a central logical error that DIKW makes. The paper identifies the dated and unsatisfactory philosophical positions of operationalism and inductivism as the philosophical backdrop to the hierarchy. The paper concludes with a sketch of some positive theories, of value to information science, on the nature of the components of the hierarchy: that data is anything recordable in a semantically and pragmatically sound way, that information is what is known in other literature as ‘weak knowledge’, that knowledge also is ‘weak knowledge’ and that wisdom is the possession and use.
Type:
Preprint
Language:
en
Keywords:
Information Science
Local subject classification:
data; information; knowledge; wisdom; the DIKW Hierarchy; the Knowledge Hierarchy; the Knowledge Pyramid

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dc.contributor.authorFricke, Martinen_US
dc.date.accessioned2008-06-11T00:00:01Z-
dc.date.available2010-06-18T23:31:39Z-
dc.date.issued2008en_US
dc.date.submitted2008-06-11en_US
dc.identifier.citationThe Knowledge Pyramid: A Critique of the DIKW Hierarchy 2008,en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10150/105670-
dc.description.abstractThe paper evaluates the Data-Information-Knowledge-Wisdom (DIKW) Hierarchy. This hierarchy is part of the canon of information science and management. The paper considers whether the hierarchy, also known as the ‘Knowledge Hierarchy’, is a useful and intellectually desirable construct to introduce, whether the views expressed about DIKW are true and have evidence in favour of them, and whether there are good reasons offered or sound assumptions made about DIKW. Arguments are offered that the hierarchy is unsound and methodologically undesirable. The paper identifies a central logical error that DIKW makes. The paper identifies the dated and unsatisfactory philosophical positions of operationalism and inductivism as the philosophical backdrop to the hierarchy. The paper concludes with a sketch of some positive theories, of value to information science, on the nature of the components of the hierarchy: that data is anything recordable in a semantically and pragmatically sound way, that information is what is known in other literature as ‘weak knowledge’, that knowledge also is ‘weak knowledge’ and that wisdom is the possession and use.en_US
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdfen_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.subjectInformation Scienceen_US
dc.subject.otherdataen_US
dc.subject.otherinformationen_US
dc.subject.otherknowledgeen_US
dc.subject.otherwisdomen_US
dc.subject.otherthe DIKW Hierarchyen_US
dc.subject.otherthe Knowledge Hierarchyen_US
dc.subject.otherthe Knowledge Pyramiden_US
dc.titleThe Knowledge Pyramid: A Critique of the DIKW Hierarchyen_US
dc.typePreprinten_US
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