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AIC Seminar Series

Constructivist Knowledge Management

Renata GuizzardiFederal University of Espirito Santo (Brazil)

Notice:  Hosted by Vinay Chaudhri.

Date:  Tuesday, April 30th 2013 at 4:00pm

Location:  AE201 (SRI A building)  (Directions)


In the past twenty years, organizations have recognized the focus on Knowledge Management (KM) to be essential for maintaining their competitiveness and sometimes, even to survive in today s market. KM supporting systems enable information and knowledge to better flow within organizations, effectively reaching the points of action when needed. Moreover, useful knowledge is properly formalized and kept, being available even when employees change jobs or positions. However, we claim that in order to be effective, KM must be implemented with focus on the knowledge holders and their needs and wants, instead of solely caring about how to maintain the knowledge items within the organization. This is important to motivate knowledge holders to voluntarily share the most valuable knowledge they own. In this talk, we will discuss an approach named Constructivist Knowledge Management, which proposes six principles to guide the development of KM systems and practices within organizations. Moreover, we will illustrate this approach by presenting a recommender system named KARe (Knowledgeable Agent for Recommendations), a peer-to-peer taxonomy-based system compliant with the principles underlying Constructivist Knowledge Management.

   Bio for Renata Guizzardi

Renata Guizzardi is a senior member of the Conceptual Modeling Research Group (NEMO) and a founding member of the Laboratory of Supporting Technologies for Collaborative Networks (LabTAR). Both research groups are part of the Federal University of Espirito Santo (Brazil), where she holds an associate professor position. Her main research interests include knowledge management, ontologies, goal modeling and requirements engineering. She is the author or co-author of more than fifty peer-reviewed publications in conference proceedings, journals and book chapters. In the past two years, she has taken part in a Network of Excellence entitled "Foundational Ontologies for Semantic Interoperability of Electronic Government Services", funded by FAPES. She has also been involved in a three year industrial project with the National Agency for Terrestrial Transportation, developing ontologies to enable semantic interoperability among the agency s information systems and services. She has been a member of the Organizing Committees of several scientific events, including program committee co-chair of CIbSE 2012, workshop co-chair of EDOC/VORTE 2013, tutorial co-chair and program board member of RCIS 2013 and publicity co-chair of CAISE 2013 and 2014.

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