Knowledge Technologies Conference 2002 / March 11-14, 2002 - Westin Seattle Hotel - Seattle, WA - USA

    Monday, March 11
    Tuesday, March 12
    Wednesday, March 13






Tuesday, March 12

9:00 am - 10:30 am: Green Track - Topics for Managers

KM and Dehumanization: A Reason to Resist
Presented by: Donald A. Belles, Senior Software Process Analyst/Architect, The Boeing Company

As KM becomes more dynamic, we teeter on the brink of a new definition of "being human". Knowledge Management dehumanizes employees. Understanding how and why this happens leads to effective strategies and lowered implementation costs. Unfortunately, the only people capable of addressing this issue are the very ones who must resist its implementation. Learn more in this session.

Effective Knowledge Organization Across All Media Types
Presented by: John-Henry Gross, Product Marketing Manager, Convera

This presentation will highlight that an increasing percentage of an organization's knowledge assets are created and stored in complex media formats. As a result, the information infrastructure that supports knowledge portals must now be capable of handling text, images, video and other multimedia file formats.

9:00 am - 10:30 am: Blue Track - Knowledge Organization Strategies

Document Ontologies in Library and Information Science: An Introduction and Critical Analysis
Presented by: Allyson Carlyle, Assistant Professor, Information School, University of Washington

Two document ontologies will be presented and analyzed, the first having to do with the temporal nature of documents, and the second with the intellectual nature of documents. Implications of these ontologies for knowledge technologies will be explored.

Strategies for Subject Navigation of Linked Web Sites Using RDF Topic Maps
Presented by: Carol Jean Godby, Senior Research Scientist, OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc.

This presentation explores the possibility of using subject metadata encoded in RDF to alleviate the problems of navigating complex Web sites.

9:00 am - 9:45 am: Gold Track - Late Breaking News (single session)

The Reference Model for ISO 13250 Topic Maps
Presented by: Michel Biezunski, Consultant and Steven Newcomb, Consultant, Coolheads Consulting
This presentation will illustrate the work in progress of the proposed Reference Model for ISO 13250 Topic Maps - to the Topic Maps ISO standard working group. Considerable progress has been made since the last time this material has been publicly presented (Extreme 2001). The Reference Model makes the conceptual underpinnings of the common understanding of Topic Maps (Topics, Names, Occurrences, Associations, ...) explicit.

11:00 am - 12:30 pm: Green Track - Wireless Knowledge

Knowledge Building Through Wireless: A Philippines Case Study
Presented by: Janette C. Toral, Editor,

The Philippines is a third world country, but considered as the text messaging capital of the world. This session intends to showcase how wireless technologies and messaging are changing the way people communicate and interact. How enterprises are utilizing this trend to to build knowledge about their clients better and the application development challenges it presents.

Speed to Knowledge
Presented by: Roger K. Mizumori, Chair, Mobile Management Forum

By focusing on the business rationale for Knowledge Management and on tools available today, this presentation addresses the opportunities for leveraging Tacit Knowledge to Create Knowledge.

11:00 am - 12:30 pm: Blue Track - KO Technical Topics

Layered Information Modeling and a Knowledge Organization Paradigm: Inherent Classification and the Design of Interoperable Systems
Presented by: Joseph T. Tennis, Ph.D. Student, University of Washington, Information School (iSchool)

In a June 2000 article, Parsons and Wand separate classes from instances in information modeling in order to free instances from what they call the "tyranny" of classes. They attribute a number of problems in information modeling to inherent classification - or the disregard for the fact that instances can be conceptualized independent of any class assignment. By faceting instances from classes, Parsons and Wand strike a sonorous chord with classification theory as understood in Library and Information Science (LIS). In the practice community and in the publications of LIS, faceted classification has shifted the paradigm of knowledge organization theory in the twentieth century. Here, with the proposal of inherent classification and the resulting layered information modeling, a clear line joins both the LIS classification theory community and the information modeling community. Both communities have their eyes turned toward networked resource discovery, and with this conceptual conjunction a new paradigmatic conversation can take place. This presentation will examine the common ground between inherent classification and faceted classification, establishing a vocabulary and outlining some common principles. It then will turn to the issue of schema and the horizons of conventional of subject access. Finally, a framework is proposed that deploys an interpretation of the layered information modeling approach in a knowledge technologies context. In order to design subject access systems that will integrate, evolve and interoperate in a networked environment, knowledge organization specialists must consider a semantic class independence like Parsons and Wand propose for information modeling.

Application and Evaluation of the Topic Map for the Japanese Cultural Resource Data---Experiment for the Graphic Database of the Tale of Genji
Presented by: Mari Nagase, Professor, Shizuoka University and Motomu Naito, Director of Synergy, Incubate Inc.

The purpose of this presentation is to discuss and investigate whether the Topic Map would be effective for the use of large scale data compiled in various archives, museums and libraries. Japan has been late behind in developing machine-readable texts and museum data in humanities compared to the West, which has started in early 70's. Thus, for the last decade, we have made our efforts to produce large-scale data, corpus and archives. On the other hand, our government has recently announced that the optical fiber cables will be furnished all over Japan by 2005 and asked universities to provide contents, especially for the educational use. Though we have so far developed various academic databases, we have not paid much attention to the software, neglecting user's side. We are now in need of good and effective methods and tools for the use of large data. Collaborating with the Synergy Incubate Inc., I have just started the joint project for the research of the Topic Map to reply this request. We have a big expectation that the method of Topic Map would solve this problem and contribute to cultivate various cultural data and produce new knowledge out of them. Accordingly, our research is not directly targeting commercial world rather than academics and educational use. But if the method would be proved effective for the knowledge creation from large literary and museum data, which would bring us big business chances.

11:00 am - 12:30 pm: Gold Track - K M Implementation Strategies

Building a Topic Maps Repository
Presented by: Xia Lin, Professor, Drexel University and Jian Qin, Assistant Professor, Syracuse University
This presentation will discuss a topic maps repository for creating topic maps without having to know the syntaxes of topic maps and XML.

Making Knowledge Management Work with XML, XLink, Topic Maps, and AI
Presented by: H. Holger Rath, Director Research & Development, empolis GmbH

Enterprise knowledge management deals with knowledge about products, processes, people. This session will present KM methodologies, discuss uses of XML, XLink, Topic Maps in KM, introduce practical AI approaches, and describe a general system architecture.

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm: Green Track - Topics in KO & KR

Presented by: Angelo A. Canaletti, Engineer, BrainWorkers Ltd.

This presentation converned with the possibility that now is given by technological tools to create a cyber space in which the workers are knowledge workers, and that is in fact a social space.

A Common Ontology for Linguistic Concepts
Scott O. Farrar, Reseach Assistant, University of Arizona

As part of a project called Electronic Metastructure for Endangered Languages Data (EMELD), this presentation will discuss how we have developed an ontology of concepts that encompasses a wide range of linguistic phenomena. The idea was initially conceived to facilitate both the knowledge sharing of annotated linguistic data and the searching of disparate language corpora. Such an ontology, however, is needed outside of the EMELD project for enhancing performance of the semantic web, for developing expert systems capable of linguistic analysis, and for providing a theory-neutral backbone in the processing of scientific documents pertaining to the linguistics domain.

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm: Blue Track - Knowledge Representation

Context Graphs, Concepts, Knowledge and the Semantic Web
Presented by: David Dodds, Senior Software Engineer, DDWyndham

During this presentation computer programs will be shown and discussed which explain what context graphs are and how they work. Context graphs representation uses situated generation and provides for inference and contextualization that is consistent with the experimental literatures on human memory and anticipation, and work done at Computing Science UC Berkeley.

A Standard for Knowledge Verification Through Source Representation
Presented by: John G Spragge, President, Dancing Cat Software

This presentation aims to outline methods of connecting statements made in computer communications with the sources of information which underlie those assertions. This process has three objectives: >To distinguish between statements supported by the available information, and statements not so supported. >To permit participants in a discussion to determine the level of verification they will require to take note of a statement.>To link the veracity of a statement with the likelihood that others will see and believe that statement.

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm: Gold Track - Tools and Services

Electronic Publishing: weLEAD in Learning
Presented by: Howard Baker, Assistant Professor CIS, University of Louisiana Monroe
weLEAD in Learning is a new section of weLEAD magazine ( to be launched this spring. The presenter of this session has recently been named Editor of this new section in January, 2002. This session will describe the new weLEAD in Learning section which will address learning organizations of all kinds. The web site will focus on both theory and practice connected with all five learning disciplines identified by Peter Senge. It will integrate this with the thinking of Greenleaf, Covey, and many others. It is envisioned that the weLEAD in Learning section will pioneer in the use of hypertext and electronic document technology to facilitate learning about learning using a systems thinking model of What, How, and Why.

Smart Knowledge Management for Uncertain Times
Presented by: Sudheer Koneru, Executive Vice President of Products and Strategy, Click2learn
Organizations have been suddenly forced to take a close look at the business problems that can arise during times of crisis and uncertainty. Reevaluating knowledge management systems and establishing sound practices for protecting intellectual capital have become a top priority for businesses looking to safeguard against unforeseen circumstances. In this presentation, Mr. Koneru will explore the challenges that uncertain times can impose on a business enterprise and its employees, and what organizations can do to specifically protect intellectual assets and accumulated organizational knowledge.

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm: Green Track - Topic Maps for Implementers

Methods for the Automatic Construction of Topic Maps
Presented by: Eric Freese, Senior Consultant, ISOGEN International and Steve Pepper, CEO, Ontopia

A topic map can be regarded as an indexing layer that provides unified access to information resources emanating from multiple, disparate sources. Because of its emphasis on capturing semantics, topic mapping is more akin to "intellectual indexing" (a term which covers back-of-book indexes, thesauri, and glossaries) than to the "mechanical indexing" typical of full-text indexes. This accounts for topic maps' superiority in terms of increased precision and recall, but raises the question of whether the effort required to create and maintain topic maps may be prohibitive.

This double session seeks to address that question and to demonstrate how the creation and maintenance of topic maps can be partially or even, in many cases, wholly automated. The first part of the presentation will describe the tasks involved in creating topic maps and then enumerate various sources of topic map data, including pre-existing ontologies, document metadata, structured and unstructured document content, and information systems. Following this, a number of data extraction techniques will be described and rules of thumb provided for when best to use each one. Finally, practical demonstrations will be given of an open source application employing Natural Language Processing and a toolkit that exploits the synergies between topic maps and RDF to generate topic maps from semi-structured data.

4:00 pm - 4:45 pm: Blue Track - RDF (single session)

RDF Powers the Next-Generation Application
Presented by: Uche Ogbuji, CEO/Principal Consultant, Fourthought, Inc.

RDF is primarily a format for managing Web-based metadata, but because of its simplicity and flexibility, it can just as well be used as a general-purpose metadata management system for applications. In fact, stretching customary definitions of metadata a bit, it can be used for any management of discrete, semi-structured data, including the sort of material that is typically maintained in database indices: names and labels, prices, quantities, etc. Actually, while avidly following the development of the Semantic Web, and offering assistence where possible, the consultants of Fourthought, Inc. have put RDF to heavy use in just such modest projects as outlined above. They have delivered several real-world Web applications for clients using RDF as a unified metadata system. These applications involve Web-based forms, XML databases, Web services, business-rule management, flexible search and decision support. In this presentation, Uche Ogbuji illustrates specific problems to which RDF has been applied in the Fourthought practice, particular techniques that have been developed to best effect in solving these problems, and the various pitfalls encountered, along with lessons to be learned from these. It will revolve around code samples which illustrate important patterns for the effective use of RDF in general-purpose applications.

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm: Knowledge Technology Futures

Metaphorical Processing in Knowledge Technology and AI
David Dodds, DDWyndham

Metaphorical Interfaces
Presented by: Kurt Cagle, Cagle Communications
Knowledge management involves more than just the effective management of resources, it also requires a vehicle for the effective display of that information, a vehicle that can easily and quickly adapt to different forms depending upon the type of information being worked with. Declarative XML interface languages such as XHTML, XForms, SVG, and XSL-FO are designed to work well with the XML underpinnings of modern knowledge management, and provide the flexibility, ease of use, and sophistication required to generate such interfaces in real time. In this session, the implementation and use of dynamic interfaces is explored in depth. Participants will be able to see how the various "X" technologies can work together, how they can be tied into the emerging Web Services paradigm and why they offer superior capabilities compared to more rigid GUI languages such as Visual Basic or Java Swing.

5:30 pm - 7:00 pm: IDEAlliance Sponsored Reception



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