WSU to launch Center for Social Knowledge at Friday event

Wichita State University is formally launching its new Center for Social Knowledge at 9:30 a.m. Friday in Don Beggs Hall lobby.

Social knowledge is the sharing of information and opinions through platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. The idea is that businesses can use social knowledge in less expensive, more efficient ways to find, share and manage information than they can if they relied on traditional systems and forms, such as building databases or traditional media.

The center is part of WSU’s new Applied Technology Acceleration Institute, according to a news release from the university. WSU created the institute last year to connect its information-technology students and instructors with corporate partners that want to develop new talent. The new center will be co-led by iTalent Corp., a San Jose, Calif.-based technology staffing consulting and systems integration company that has worked with Fortune 100 companies.

iTalent will lead WSU's implementation of social knowledge on campus, with WSU students helping with the effort. The initiative will give WSU students a chance for training and jobs in the growing social knowledge and collaboration technology sector, according to the release.