The cooperative efforts of TKNs
A knowledge network is an ecosystem of information and knowledge professionals, the organizations that they serve, and the knowledge assets for which they are responsible. These professionals are motivated by a commitment to generate, disseminate, and share knowledge within a particular domain. The nodes on the network are spatially and geographically distributed and could be individuals, libraries, research departments, entire organizations, or web-based tools and resources. Connections among the network nodes can be social, formal, or technological. The term can be extended to include concepts, semantic relationships, data tables, and other machine-readable knowledge assets or components. Goals of a knowledge network include coordination of resources and efforts; teaching and learning; developing knowledge assets; innovating methods, tools, and services; adapting knowledge assets for local use; and supporting individual members.