Smart Meeting Spaces for Knowledge Transfer
During May and June 2011, we ran two workshops with a theme entitled “Smart Spaces for Smart People”. Although organized under the auspices of the e-Science Institute, the participants came from a variety of disciplines and brought a range interests. We placed a strong emphasis on facilitated discussion, with the clear intention to explore ideas about exploiting the interactions that could occur within smart spaces. Although the workshops formulated the view that no space is, or can be, inherently smart, we deemed certain components to be essential for a system to achieve smartness, most notably people; the role of hardware and software technologies is to confer capability. The lessons we learned are applicable to any smart meeting. We grouped our findings under four sub-themes that we identified as a basis for the successful planning and conduct of smart meetings. After examining the principal ideas associated with each sub-theme, we go on to consider how these ideas might influence strategies for exploiting smart meetings for knowledge transfer. This paper is the third in a series of three, each dealing with different aspects of the workshops and how they influenced our thinking about knowledge transfer meetings, particularly in the context of sharing research outputs.
KeywordsKnowledge Transfer Successful Planning Smart Environment Continuous Curation Smart Space
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