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Participatory model building

Knowledge management (KM)and information technology (IT) both link, and enhance each other in learning-based intititives such as participatory or cooperative model-building. Often one of the best techniques for generating improved thinking at a social level is to use models as an aid to help stakeholders visualise the wider social and bio-physical processes that they cannot see unaided. Many forms of modelling can be used in this participatory manner. Conceptual modelling is often done as a starting process, providing a graphical representation or diagram that involves stakeholders in clarifying the initial framing. Papers that illustrate a participatory approach to modeling as a link between information and knowledge management include:

A related area is conceptual modeling. In broad terms, conceptual modelling is the process of developing a graphical representation (or model) from the real world.