Ambjorn Keynote WSKS-2008


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Ambjorn Keynote WSKS-2008

  1. 1. Keynote at the 1st World Summit on the Knowledge Society, Athens, September 24, 2008 Collaborative Survival through Open Research and Asynchronous Public Service Increasing the global organizational performance of Humanity Inc. Ambjörn Naeve Knowledge Management Research Group Royal Institute of Technology, and Uppsala University Sweden http://
  2. 2. The KMR group - what do we do? • We work with Asynchronous Public Service in the form of infrastructures, architectures, frameworks and tools that contribute towards the creation of a Public Knowledge and Learning Management Environment. • This PKLME should enable a global, (synchronous and) asynchronous public discourse that aims to enhance the learning of all participants. • Our main information architecture for this PKLME is the Knowledge Manifold (explained below). • All our software is Open Source and based on Semantic Web technology.
  3. 3. We work to enable a fundamental shift • From: Teacher-centric, curricular-oriented “knowledge push” • To: Learner-centric, interest-oriented “knowledge pull”
  4. 4. A Major Aim of Knowledge Management Performance Organizational Increased is to support the process of integrating people-, process-, and technology functions Continous in order to create a knowledge sharing culture Learning that supports continous learning aiming for increased organizational performance. Culture People Sharing Integrating Process Knowledge Technology Functions Management Knowledge
  5. 5. KMR contributions to a PKLME Tools (Public Knowledge and Learning Management Environment) Frameworks End- Application Architecture Users Developers Infrastructure Conceptual Conzilla (concept browser) Knowledge Interface Confolio (concept portfolio) Manifold VWE (component composer) Semantic Meditor (metadata editor) SHAME Web Formulator (formulet editor) SCAM SHAME consumer Edutella SCAM provider
  6. 6. The Globally Annotated Information Age Age Information Cuneiform Physically Archiving writing mediated libraries Recorded Transmitted Annotated Semantic Gutenberg Electronically Web printing mediated Globally
  7. 7. Challenges for a global knowledge community • From knowledge philosophy to knowledge economy. • The knowledge emulation society. • The western self-image transformation. • Ever decreasing attention span. • Medial mass hysteria (”I am seen, therefore I exist”). • Globally relevant content (sustainable development). • Increasing ethical awareness. • Informed beggars (a TV set on top of each garbage dump). • Anti-terrorism (”hunt ʼem down and smoke ʼem out”). • New technical possibilities (semantic web, p2p, …).
  8. 8. Three questions: 1) Given the pace of automatization in todayʼs knowledge economy, where is the place of the average student in the workplace of tomorrow? 2) How can we counteract knowledge emulation and encourage intellectual curiosity and joy of exploration within the educational systems? 3) How can we make visible and encourage the crucial work of “curating the knowledge volume” within higher educational institutions, where presently only “penetrating the knowledge surface” counts?
  9. 9. Three more questions: 4) How can we counteract “edutainment” (= “easy fun”) and promote the “hard fun” that leads to stories (= knowledge) with higher redundancy? 5) How can we counteract the increasing tendency to regard the students as “customers” of the educational systems, which builds a pressure to adjust the “product” to optimize customer satisfaction? 6) How can we foster “double-loop learning for sustainability” within our higher educational institutions, i.e., how can we transform them into learning organizations that help to re-orient our “global educational culture” towards building a sustainable future together?
  10. 10. The Specialist / Generalist dilemma Specialist learning more & more learning less & less about less & less about more & more a problem knowing nothing Generalist Generalist looking for about everything a solution a solution knowing everything looking for Specialist about nothing a problem
  11. 11. The Sphere of Knowledge Research ~ R2 Culture ~ R3 R
  12. 12. Fundamental problems within the educational systems ”Curricular-oriented knowledge push” leads to : •  lack of student interest. • life long teaching instead of life long learning. • lack of motivation to kno why (Whitehead). • decreasing interest in the natural sciences. Our high-tech society is showing clear signs of beginning instability !
  13. 13. Technology Enhanced Learning is not a solution in itself, but: • it enables non-traditional communication forms • it can support global content sharing • it allows the formation of distributed learning communities
  14. 14. The Semantic Web information architecture enables a shift from knowledge push to knowledge pull: • from teacher-centric to learner-centric education. • from doctor-centric to patient-centric health care. • from bureaucrat-centric to citizen-centric administration. • from government-centric to citizen-centric democracy. • from producer-centric to consumer-centric business models.
  15. 15. Gloconomy: The Big Switch Glocommunity and Glocality Scale Large Small Society Global production Local production Production process design process design Inter-publishing Intra-publishing Information Open research Closed research Electronically mediated global experts
  16. 16. Open Source : Development process Re-factor Take Write Pub- Check Create what the lish for a ? you can rest your others’ modular from your- own improve- design others self code ments Are there