Community building around encyclopaedic knowledge

  • Kolbitsch J
  • Maurer H
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This paper gives a brief overviewof current technologies
in systems handling encyclopaedic knowledge. Since
most of the electronic encyclopaedias currently available
are rather static and inflexible, greatly enhanced func-
tionality is introduced that enables users to work more
effectively and collaboratively. Users have the ability, for
instance, to add annotations to every kind of object and
can have private and shared workspaces. The techniques
described employ user profiles in order to adapt to users
and involve statistical analysis to improve search results.
Moreover, a tracking and navigation mechanism based
on trails is presented.
The second part of the paper details community building
around encyclopaedic knowledgewith the aimto involve
“plain” users and experts in environments with largely
editorial content. The foundations for building a user
community are specified along with significant facets
such as retaining the high quality of content, ratingmech-
anisms and social aspects. A system that implements
large portions of the community-related concepts in a
heterogeneous environment of several largely indepen-
dent data sources is proposed. Apart from online and
DVD-based encyclopaedias, potential application areas
are e-Learning, corporate documentation and knowledge
management systems.

Author-supplied keywords

  • active documents
  • adaptation
  • annotations
  • digital libraries
  • electronic encyclopaedias
  • knowledge brokering systems
  • knowledge management
  • tracking

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  • J Kolbitsch

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