Explicit knowledge (also expressive knowledge) is knowledge that can be readily articulated, codified, stored and accessed. It can be expressed in formal and systematical language and shared in the form of data, scientific formulae, specifications, manuals and such like. It is easily codifiable and thus transmittable without loss of integrity once the syntactical rules required for deciphering it are known. Most forms of explicit knowledge can be stored in certain media. Explicit knowledge is often seen as complementary to Tacit knowledge.

(“Explicit Knowledge” 2022)

For example, knowing that London is in the United Kingdom is a piece of explicit knowledge; it can be written down, transmitted, and understood by a recipient.

(“Tacit Knowledge” 2022)


“Explicit Knowledge.” 2022. Wikipedia, September. https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Explicit_knowledge&oldid=1113170575.
“Tacit Knowledge.” 2022. Wikipedia, January. https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Tacit_knowledge&oldid=1066406863.