• Monday, March 5
    • Tuesday, March 6
    • Wednesday, March 7








Dianne Kennedy
InfoLoom, Inc.


Graphic Communications Association


Program Start PageTuesday, March 6

Wednesday, March 7

9:00am-10:30am (two sessions included in each track)

Management Track; Case Studies
Track Chair: Sam Hunting, EComXML

Case Study - Knowledge Management at Siemens Automation & Drives
Norman Zimmer, Business Development Manager, empolis NA Inc.
Description: The presentation will outline an approach to knowledge management using case based reasoning (CBR), a discipline within Artificial Intelligence. The technical aspects of CBR will be explained and this will be followed by a case study of an application developed for Siemens Automation & Drives in their worldwide after-sales service department.

Creating a Dynamic Knowledge Management System for Increased Enterprise Performance and Innovation
Dr. Charles H. Bixler, Director of Knowledge Management, Keane Federal Systems, Inc.
Description: The purpose of this presentation will be to present formal research conducted to identify the value of Knowledge Management to an enterprise in terms of its ability to solve enterprise-wide problems, determine the resources and conditions necessary for initiating a Knowledge Management System (KMS), and determine the expected benefits of a KMS. This will provide a "validated" foundation for developing a process model that will be used to design and implement an enterprise Knowledge Management System.

Implementer Track; Knowledge Acquisition
Track Chair: Dr. Hans Holger Rath, empolis Content Management GmbH

Extracting Knowledge from XML Documents Using Topic Maps
Eric Freese, Director of Consulting Services-Midwest Region, ISOGEN International/DataChannel, Inc.
Description: Topic Maps provide a powerful new capability to manage and interchange knowledge without modifying the source. This presentation will discuss how knowledge stored within documents can be captured and used to build a knowledge base. A demonstration system will show how the knowledge base can be used in the management and presentation of the knowledge base.

Just-in-Time Knowledge Flow for Distributed Organizations Using Agents Technology Speaker:
Ramon F. Brena, Professor, Center for Artificial Intelligence, ITESM, Mexico
Description: This session will discuss a generic agent-based tool for disseminating relevant pieces of information and knowledge in distributed or large organizations at the right moment; we call this "Just-in-time'' Information and Knowledge (JITIK). A substantially better internal and external communication level in a given organization could translate in a more efficient value production and the capacity of quickly reacting to market forces.

Technical Track; Late Breaking News
Track Chair: Ann Wrightson, Ontopia

Preserving Process: Hyperlink-Based Workflow Representation
W. Eliot Kimber, Lead Brain, DataChannel, Inc.
Explores the effectiveness of representing implementation-independent work and process flows as systems of hyperlinks that define the possible state transitions for managed objects. Identifies a set of functional requirements that a link-based workflow approach must satisfy and identifies alternative implementation approaches, especially in the context of generalized content and information management systems.

The Semantic Network of IKM-I3
Ronald Poell, Consultant Knowledge Management, Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research
IKM-I3 (Information & Knowledge Management - Intelligent Information Infrastructure) is a TNO program that started in 2001. Within this program a semantic network, based on the concepts behind Notion System, is developed. The multilingual system manages distributed data and is not domain specific. Information can be registered at various levels of detail. There are metadata available for automatic maintenance, filtering etceteras. Exploitation- and inference logic are an integrated part of the network. The Semantic Network will enable the enhancement of existing techniques (content analyses, NLP, and others) that allow automatic extension of the network. It will also allow new ways of searching and navigating and will promote new presentation techniques (probably 3D or 4D) using context sensitive delivery of information. Agents shall deploy automatic information maintenance activities (relevance, validity). Probabilistic answers can be given to some questions, other questions will receive clear answers. The resulting Semantic Network will be the collaborative work of all users, agents and systems connected to it. In the near future, when the nodes themselves will become "information bearing agents", the Semantic Network will be enhanced with even more powerful features (internal and external evaluations of quality and relevance). Next, when the various devices, up till that moment only connected TO the Net, will be integrated IN the Semantic Network, new openings will be possible through the use of dynamic situational information.

10:30:am-11:00am Break

11:00am-12:30pm (two sessions included in each track)

Management Track; Case Studies
Track Chair: Sam Hunting, EComXML

Personalized KM for eLearning
Nick Carr, CEO, Allette Systems
Delivering distance education can provide numerous benefits in terms of quality and cost, but it can also presents a number of challenges. Private and public questions, persistent but growing FAQs, the maintenance of course curriculum and messaging are all problems in the delivery of remote instruction. This presentation discusses the issue of personalised knowledge management for distant students from a knowledge mangement perspective.

Case Study - Portfolio Tracking and Competitive Intelligence
Sam Knox, Director of Analyst Services, Inxight Software
Q: How can a venture capital compan find new opportunities within its portfolio and competitive environment? A: By consulting a next-generation portal built atop a dynamic industry model, fed by core information extracted from unstructured text documents. On behalf of the Deutsche Bank eVentures group, Inxight Software built a prototype portfolio tracking and competitive intelligence tool that uses Inxight's unique and powerful visualization technology to generate a highly visual and interactive view of the industry model. Entity extraction and categorization are used to organize documents within that industry model, while intelligent summarization brings key information to the surface for easy absorption. In addition, the portal employs sophisticated linguistic processing to extract new facts about industry structure and participation from the incoming content stream, thereby automatically keeping the model up-to-date. The result is a powerful, easy-to-use, and easy-to-maintain solution for portfolio monitoring, research and prospecting by VC analysts.

Implementer Track; Knowledge Acquisition
Track Chair: Dr. Hans Holger Rath, empolis Content Management GmbH

Knowledge Aggregation Using XML
Bryan Caporlette, Executive VP of Strategic Technology, Sequoia Software
Description: As more organizations move to integrate, or aggregate, information from disparate applications into knowledge bases they face many challenges in extracting the data locked within proprietary environments. This presentation will define a framework for using the Extensible Markup Language (XML) to facilitate knowledge aggregation.

Managing Complex Environments with Topic Maps
Bernard Vatant, Knowledge Representation Consultant, Mondeca
Description: This session will describe a methodological approach for building Topic Maps in complex fields of knowledge, based on the definition of "Objective" and "Conceptual" levels of Topics. Also described is how this tool is developed as a tutorial frame for Mondeca's Topic Navigator users.

Technical Track; Knowledge Visualization
Track Chair: Ann Wrightson, Ontopia

Intelligent Graphics Using Simultaneous RDF and XTM Metadata
David Dodds, Senior Software Engineer, iKnowMed
Description: This session will describe why intelligent graphics systems must employ knowledge not just clever algorithms to step up to the next level of functionality. Self knowledge, content knowledge is needed, and the ability to agilely do inference, to step beyond the explicit content border.

Topic Maps Metrics
Benedicte Le Grand, PhD Student, Laboratoire d Informatique de Paris 6
Description: This in depth analysis of topic maps will make it possible through the use of metrics. These measures allow us to characterize a topic map by defining its "profile". Topics and associations may be clustered according to their similarity, thus providing different scales for the topic map's representation.

Luncheon with Poster Presentations and Table-top Exhibits

2:00pm-4:30pm Closing Plenary:

Knowledge Communities Panel
KT2001 focuses on the technologies that enable knowledge. As such, this conference specifically reaches beyond the Information Technologies audience. In fact, KT2001 has been designed as a conference that will provide a bridge between knowledge communities that currently have no forum for interaction. This panel is designed to provide for a meeting of the minds, so that each knowledge community can learn from the other for mutual benefit.
Communities participating in the panel include:

  • Knowledge Organization / Libraries: Eric Miller, OCLC
  • Internet / Semantic Web: Dan Connolly, W3C
  • Document / Asset Management: Steven R. Newcomb, CoolHeads Consulting
  • Knowledge Management: Joseph Williamson, EDS Federal
  • Knowledge on the Web (KnoW.org): Daniel Rivers-Moore, RivCom

Closing Keynote

Edd Dumbill
Managing Editor, XML.com

Building the Semantic Web

Edd Dumbill is Managing Editor of XML.com, part of the O'Reilly Network. He writes and speaks on the subjects of XML and the Web. He is also the creator of XMLhack.com, the popular XML developer news site, and WriteTheWeb.com, a web site focusing on the writeable, two-way, Web. Edd is also co-founder of Pharmalicensing.com, an online intellectual property exchange for the pharmaceutical industry.

Program Start PageTuesday, March 6

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