Here is my summary of the notes I took while I was listening to some of the talks:
The Special Track about Advanced Semantic Technologies included many scientific talks about Ontology Engineering and Modelling used in Information Systems. I did not take any notes but the slides will soon be published on the I-Know Conference Homepage.
At 10:00 listened to the Welcome / opening keynote given by Bebo White. He began his talk by calling the term web2.0 as an attitude and spoke about the various definitions, meanings and understandings in cynical way. Then he began talking about his implications and the real interesting issue for knowledge workers & managers, namely: KNOWLEDGE 2.0, and the legacy we can create with it.
There is plenty of information and plenty of knowledge in the Web. In this context, he stated the question: but how are we able to get & use it?
To him, the right solution is an evolution to something referred as “Internet Singularity”. In his opinion the web is disappearing as an individual and it will get a part of us (a collective mind). For instance, if you look at a picture, it won’t matter anymore, whether the picture is stored locally in you own picture album or it is online. There will be a big dtabase – a virtual world – of anything.
The term “singularity” is also explained by Gary William Blake in one of his presentations entitled “How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Imminent Internet Singularity”.
At the end (afternoon) of the third and last day I listened to 2 final keynotes; one talk given by Ronald Maier about From Knowledge Portals to Knowledge Infrastructure, and one by Peter Scott about the “OPEN UNIVERSITY”.
He began his talk by saying to the audience: “KP2EKI” … forget about it, it is only a typical IT abbreviations … then he gave a very interesting and also sometimes zynical talk about overall knowledge management & knowledge work definitions. To him, knowledge work is done to be more productive. He mentioned the statement “I dream of a paper I have not written yet” to talk about context and gone context. Then he moved on to Knowledge Portal definitions in a quite zynical way. In his opionen there are “b2whatever”-definitions of portals now, while those portals are very different in orientation; there are textportals, mapportals, themeportals …
He summed up: The terms and meanings of KM and KM-Portals are very streched today and we have to integrate between those. => “KM is an integration thing.”
His key points were:
- reenineering the whole builduing because of the data tons
- from portal architecture to creating infrastructures
Then he concluded:
The problem is not that we do not have a special application for collaboration, communication, learning, whatever … but we have too many!
=> KM service Infrastructures are needed! … and we have to:
- filter & combine services
- tie to (a smaller number of) processes (pull, not push)
To summarize the presentation: We cannot learn everything but establish connections to the right expert.
Peter Scott told us about the Open University and about what it is in a quite provocant but also funny way. To me, his presentation was quite amusing for all of mostly the scientific audience.
- He gave an example of a KW model in health (a project of the Open Univ.),
- he showed us a tool called HEXAGON which can be seen on their project site. He presented it is as a nice tool to watch his colleagues and colaborate with them in some way. He calls it a “social network”; some other my call it “big brother”.
- He also showed us flash meeting.
- And finally he presented his thoughts about open life & open learning: produce eLearning-content in Moodle and publish it.
To summarize this second and last keynote: He invited audience to foster creativity.
The main thoughts:
KM & we need: Simplicity (the art of complexity)