Hands-on experimentation with technologies

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Hands-on experimentation with technologies

Title: Process, methods, tools and cases of synergising knowledge objects with networking web

Category: 3. Hands-on experimentation with technologies for communities and networks and evaluate /recommend them for specific uses/users 4. Meet with peers with similar specific challenges to discuss and assess them, in order to design: a book or other learning object, a training programme, etc.

Statement of Problem: ACM and IEEE have robust networking websites (www.acm.org, www.ieee.org) where professionals meet, share, discuss and organise their acitivities, programmes and projects. Their main organisational websites are used for membership processing, publication, conferences and meetings, standards-related works, career, education, volunteering, societies and many other acitivites. All these components will require significant amount of KM processes in order to be able to fully functional across different target activities and fullfillment of its users expectations of networking over the net. Both ACM and IEEE have their own Digital Libraries which provides its users access to a whole array of knowledge objects. However, like many other cases, the DL applications run on a different portals, using same user authentication profiling, to provide its users access to knowledge objects.

Expected outcomes: In this workshop, the participants are taken to the exploration of the possibilities of making synergies amongst the DL and networking applications of the same organisations - technologically and content-wise. The output of this exercise is important for organisations for several reasons - 1. CoPs running on networking websites often link to knowledge objects that reside in a distant portal, prompting users to negotiate between two distinct application layers. The merging would faciliate easy access to documents and quality of networking and knowledge sharing acorss the CoPs become enriched and fulfilling. 2. To examine the effect of merging DL and Web 2.0 application profiles on the users' web behaviour - particularly on the quantity and quality of knowledge-sharing.

Methodolgy: 1. As a starting point, participants are allowed to discover one of the several case studies, e.g. ACM or IEEE website, to develop an analytical approach on the problems and prospects of merging document repositories onto Web 2.0 application profiles. This is done primarily through break-away groups who then draw the IA(s) onto pieces of papers. The also point out the tools available at their disposal for this purpose. 2. Sheets are then critically examined by all other participants in order to examine the promises of the projects and their acceptibility as project models by organisations in terms of technology, IPR, KM and cost model. 3. A generic outline is prepared by selected participants as a starting point. 4. A detailed documentation is prepared to share with colleagues as a recommendation and action point for Web 2.0 development