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The term ¿knowledge policy¿ is relatively new to the pantheon of both Knowledge Management and Public Policy. When I first heard the term, and before I had the book in my hand, I tried to anticipate how to define it after a bit I came up with the following: Knowledge Policy consists of criteria for the development and deployment of knowledge resources, and will specifically cover some or all of: (i) content (ii) methods (iii) objectives and (iv) implications. In the first paragraph of their introductory chapter, the editors give us this sentence: Dealing with the production, diffusion, application and effects of knowledge as an explicit and central discipline in public policy therefore has a new urgency. Both definitions say essentially the same thing, so it¿s nice to see that ¿we are all reading from the same page.¿ The theme of this book is that as the knowledge economy and knowledge work both continue to grow in importance, it has become necessary to develop policies covering the various aspects of knowledge use. When knowledge, like other commodities, is scarce, there is one set of rules for how to govern it. When knowledge becomes abundant, like other industrial commodities already have, then there must be a different set of rules for how to govern it. Widespread obesity is the result of using scarcity rules to govern eating in the presence of abundant food. Both information and knowledge overload are the result of using scarcity rules to govern symbolic interaction in the presence of abundant messages. Neither obesity nor knowledge overload are healthy conditions. What kinds of policies will enable us to cope with abundant knowledge? All of the chapters in this book deal with important aspects of the ¿coping with abundant knowledge¿ problem. Therefore, each chapter offers readers ¿knowledge about knowledge¿ or Meta-Knowledge. The discipline of Knowledge Policy will emerge out of this kind of analysis and prognosis.