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Program Start PageMonday, March 5Wednesday, March 7

Tuesday, March 6

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

Management Track; The Business of Knowledge
Track Chair: B. Tommie Usdin, Mulberry Technologies

The Laws of (New) Media: Marshall McLuhan and Knowledge Technologies
Speaker:
Dale Hunscher, CEO, South Wind Design, Inc.
Description:
Marshall McLuhan foresaw the effects of the Internet more than 30 years ahead of his time. His "Global Village" concept is now a household word, as well as a virtual reality. In this presentation, we'll look at McLuhan's Laws of Media to see how they help us make sense of the features of the markup language standards world.

Best Practices in Using IT to Support KM
Speaker:
Cindy Hubert, KM Practice Area Manager, APQC, Custom Solutions
Description:
It is no coincidence that information technology (IT) has blossomed at the same time that knowledge is becoming recognized as the most valuable of a firm's assets. There is a powerful synergistic relationship between KM and technology; that relationship drives increasing returns and increasing sophistication on both fronts. In this presentation Ms. Hubert will provide guidance in how IT can be used toward KM efforts.

Implementer Track; Tools and Applications
Track Chair: Dr. H. Holger Rath, empolis Content Management GmbH

K-Discovery: Identification of Distributed Knowledge Structures in a Process Oriented Groupware Environment
Speaker:
Stefan Smolnik, Research Assistant, University of Paderborn
Description:
Scenarios in groupware environments show the problems of accessing knowledge structures in common and organizational knowledge structures in particular. Based on this an architectural model will be introduced during this session, in which knowledge structures are created by generating Topic Maps in a process oriented groupware environment.

Using XML Metadata with PDF to Enable Asset Management
Speaker:
Chuck Myers, Senior Manager of Business Development, Adobe Systems, Incorporated
Description:
One of the keys to enabling corporate knowledge asset management is the use of metadata to identify and organize the assets. This presentation will explain how XML metadata can be used with PDF documents to enable management of these assets.

Technical Track; Core Technologies
Track Chair: Nikita Ogievetsky, Cogitech

Knowledge Management at the Datum Level
Speaker:
Eric Freese, Director of Professional Services, ISOGEN International
Description:
This talk will cover how knowledge management systems can be extended using the grove paradigm to allow for management and data access below the file level. Data types other than XML can be accessed allowing data reuse between data types and extending the value of legacy systems.

The Van: The Power of Cocoon for Web-Enabled Knowledge Sharing
Speaker:
Marcus Goncalves, Chief Knowledge Officer, Virtual Access Networks, Inc.
Description:
This presentation will discuss how the VAN will provide a set of integration-level application semantics, the Internet content extractor (ICE), which as a core technology will allow for a series of connectivity ports (known as ICE crystals) to a multitude of applications. Put in another way, the VAN will create a common way for data to be extracted, exchanged, and directed cross platform and among disparate devices, wired or wireless.

10:30am-11:00am Break

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

Management Track; The Business of Knowledge
Track Chair: B. Tommie Usdin, Mulberry Technologies

Getting on the Knowledge Bus: Objects, Links, and Asset Management Strategies
Speaker:
Chris W. Higgins
Description:
This presentation will discuss how the Knowledge Bus is a channel over which knowledge flows between two or more knowledge processing devices to provide a common medium for the explicit representation and exchange of knowledge assets. By unifying the infrastructures for data integration, security policies and knowledge personalization, the Bus exploits generic addressing and linking to create a new world of fungible knowledge objects.

Late Breaking News

Implementer Track; Tools and Applications
Track Chair: Sam Hunting, EComXML

Applying Topic Maps to the Classification of Health Interventions
Speaker:
Derek Millar, Director, Professional Services, NewBook Production Inc.
Description:
This presentation will describe how a health information application in Canada, the classification of health-related interventions, can benefit from the application of Topic Maps, an international standard for codifiying subjects and the relationships between them. How the semantics of the classification can be captured in a topic map, the impact of having a topic map on the process of publishing conventional paper and CD-ROM reference products, and the implications for collaboration and sharing of information with international health classification initiatives will be discussed.

XML, newsML, and Topic Maps; Integration and Implementations
Speaker:
Soelwin Oo, Student Developer, empolis UK
Description:
This presentation will highlight real world scope of topic maps based technologies. It will focus on the newly published IPTC XML based NewsML standard and discuss how these two standards can be used together to provide a powerful collective knowledge base.

Technical Track; Core Technologies
Track Chair: Nikita Ogievetsky, Cogitech

Developing a Topic Map Programming Model
Speaker:
Kal Ahmed, Principal Consultant and Lars Marius Garshol, Development Manager, Ontopia
Description:
Topic maps provide a standard means for the representation of structured information. The standard currently defines only the interchange of topic maps using an SGML or XML-based syntax. For application developers, however, what is required is a standardized means of creating, manipulating and serializing topic maps. This presentation will explore some different approaches to providing interfaces for these purposes and proposes a number of different solutions.

TMQL (Topic Map Query Language)
Speaker:
Ann Wrightson, Consultant, Ontopia AS & Dr. H. Holger Rath, Business Segment Manager, empolis Content Management GmbH
Description:
Topic maps need to be able to deliver their characteristic information handling
functionality in a modern distributed system context; to fulfil this vision, Topic Map tools need a deeper basis for interoperability than the interchange syntaxes published so far. TMQL has been named (in advance of its formal existence!) by analogy with SQL, and is intended to provide a similar kind of standardized functional interface to a topic map. This presentation will give a brief review of the status of the TMQL project (following the meetings immediately preceding the conference), and will include information on how to access and comment on the work in progress.


12:30pm-2:00pm
Luncheon with Poster Presentations and Table-top Exhibits

2:00pm-3:30pm (two sessions included in each track)

Management Track; The Business of Knowledge
Track Chair: B. Tommie Usdin, Mulberry Technologies

Creating Standards-Based Knowledge Systems using NewsML and Topic Maps
Speaker:
Daniel Rivers-Moore, Director of New Technologies, RivCom
Description:
This presentation will provide an overview of the NewsML and Topic Maps standards. It will show how, because of their powerful synergy, Topic Maps and NewsML can combine to make a newsfeed into a knowledge engine, and a news archive into a navigable knowledge repository.

What's Required in Knowledge Technologies, A Practical View
Speaker:
  Reid Smith, Vice President Knowledge Management, Schlumberger
Description:
Reid Smith is responsible for leading the effort to improve organizational performance through processes and technology to capture, share, and apply the overall experience and know-how of people in the company. Learn about the requirements for knowledge technologies from a practicing knowledge manager.

Implementer Track; Tools and Applications
Track Chair: Dr. H. Holger Rath, empolis Content Management GmbH

Compendium: Making Meetings into Knowledge Events
Speaker:
Albert M. Selvin, Senior Member of Technical Staff, Verizon Communications and
Dr. Jeff Conklin, CogNexus
Description:
This presentation will discuss how much of an organization's knowledge is constructed and negotiated in face-to-face meetings, but is often lost or forgotten. Compendium harvests formal and informal knowledge in real time, increasing shared understanding among meeting participants, creating a coherent organizational memory of learnings and decisions, and integrating the knowledge creation process across time and across diverse communities.

Knowledge Holographs that Leverage How We Learn for Maximum Knowledge Management Productivity
Speaker:
Bain McKay, Chief Scientist and Executive Vice President, CIRI Lab Inc.
Description: TOPIC MAPS address a new and powerful way to represent knowledge context in and across documents. But they represent only the first stage of Knowledge Management productivity. To be truly productive, we must address the entire Knowledge Management Life Cycle, including learning productivity where we waste 80% of our time organizing information for personal learning. We can automate this process by leveraging how we learn through new indexing methods like Knowledge Holographs that index fractal semantic analogues in real-time across 100s and 1000s of dimensions with mass scalability. Such methods depart significantly from standard scientific methods that focus deeply on individual disciplines by concomitantly leveraging both the broad and deep disciplines of Cognitive Science, in which information science plays a much less prominent role, and where the power of knowledge management shifts from information scientist, to domain expert.

Technical Track; Core Technologies
Track Chair: Michel Biezunski, InfoLoom, Inc.

DAML: The DARPA Agent Markup Language
Speaker:
Dan Connolly, XML Activity Leader, World Wide Web Consortium
Description:
The Web contains huge amounts of information coded using HTML. While HTML allows us to visualize the information on the web, it doesn't provide much capability to describe the information in ways that facilitate theuse of software programs to find or interpret it. XML allows information to be more accurately described using tags and to add metadata. However, XML has a limited capability to describe the relationships with respect to objects. Ontologies provide a powerful alternative for describing objects and their relationshipsto other objects. DAML (DARPA Agent Markup Language) language is being developed as an extension toXML and the to create web languages to make morecontent readable and processable by machines. This presentation will provide an introduction DAML, it's current status and relationship with RDF (Resource Description Framework).

Building, Sharing, and Merging Ontologies
Speaker:
John Sowa, Independant Consultant
Description:
For centuries, librarians have sought universal terminologies and definitions for classifying and integrating databases of documents. During the 1970s, the ANSI SPARC committee proposed the three-schema architecture for defining and integrating database systems. Today, the semantic web raises similar, but still unsolved problems of relating and integrating independently developed knowledge bases. This talk surveys the issues involved, the approaches that have been successfully applied to small systems, and the ongoing efforts to extend them to large-scale, distributed, interconnected, rapidly growing, heterogeneous systems.

3:30pm-4:00pm Break

4:00pm-5:30pm (two sessions included in each track)

Management Track; The Business of Knowledge
Track Chair: B. Tommie Usdin, Mulberry Technologies

eCommerce Powered by Knowledge Technologies
Speaker:
Dr. H. Holger Rath, Business Segment Manager, empolis Content Management GmbH
Description:
Discussed during the session will be how a B2C eCommerce Web site require excellent sales support (assistance) to attract the customers and to be successful. Ordinary database and fulltext queries as well as simple profiles do not provide the expected level of service. Knowledge technologies can fuel intelligent searching, personalized feedback dialogs, and sophisticated knowledge navigation giving the customer the kind of help and comfort she is looking for. The results are higher traffic, turnovers, and increased customer satisfaction.

Intelligent Document Content for e-Business
Speaker:
Dan Z. Sokol, President, Cohesia Corporation
Description:
This presentation will discuss the requirements for enriching XML to enable more automated document interpretation in support of e-business activities. The presentation will discuss real world applications in a trade exchange and a manufacturing enterprise.

Implementer Track; Tools and Applications
Track Chair: Sam Hunting, EComXML

Harvesting XML Topic Maps
Speaker:
Nikita Ogievetsky, President, CogiTech Inc.
Description:
Session discussions will focus on principals and techniques for harvesting XML Topic Maps. The presentation will be based on the experience with using XSLT scripts for XTM extraction from various types of metadata.

The Automatic Encoding of Lexical Knowledge in RDF Topic Maps
Speaker:
Carol Jean Godby, Senior Research Scientist, OCLC
Description:
This presentation describes strategies for automatically extracting terminology and lexical relationships from collections of similar Web documents. The results are represented as an RDF graph that can be loaded into the Open Extensible RDF Toolkit to produce a searchable and browsable topicmap.

Technical Track; Core Technologies
Track Chair: Michel Biezunski, InfoLoom, Inc.

Grounding Knowledge Technology in Neuroscience
Speaker:
Paul S. Prueitt, Founder, OntologyStream.com
Description:
The tools required to accommodate the rapidly expanding demand for tracking, validating, and utilizing vast stores of communications are profoundly complex. This presentation will outline a foundation for grounding knowledge technology in neurophysiology, cognitive neuroscience and stratified complexity theory. Using this foundation the speaker expects to offer an objective evaluation of new types of knowledge technologies.

Bringing Knowledge Technologies to the Classroom
Speaker:
Jack Park, Sr. Scientist, Advanced Products and Strategies, VerticalNet Solutions Description: The Semantic Web initiative offers us an opportunity to examine applications of web technologies in the light of many diverse domains, two of which are e-commerce and education. This presentation will examine ways in which the collaborative and ontology-based nature of e-commerce solutions can be combinied with new technologies that support constructivist epistemologies to further enhance the many ways in which the Semantic Web will benefit education. It will explore ways in which the new XTM Topic Map standard can be combined with Issue-based Information Systems (IBIS) and other features of the Semantic Web to provide opportunities for the development of critical thinking skills to classrooms everywhere. It will further outline an approach to enabling classrooms to provide such learning experiences in a world-wide collaborative fashion, enabling learners to become world-class thinkers.

5:30pm-7:00pm
Reception with Poster Presentations and Tabletop Exhibits

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