Knowledge Technologies: A ReUse Perspective
In 2000 the EPSRC funded an Interdisciplinary Research Collaboration (IRC) in Advanced Knowledge Technologies for the period 2000–2006, which involves 5 UK Universities: Aberdeen, Edinburgh, OU, Sheffield & Southampton. The project seeks to provide an intellectual underpinning for much of eCommerce, and at the same time it is contributing to the definition & realization of the Semantic Web. Six grand challenges have been identified, namely: Knowledge Acquisition, Modelling, Use/ReUse, Retrieval, Knowledge Publishing, & Maintenance. Considerable effort is being expended to ensure that the different knowledge sources can inter-operate. Additionally, several industrial test beds should ensure that the group’s earlier & new technologies are integrated; these test beds are in the service & manufacturing sectors, and AKT is also applying these techniques to the Consortium’s own information management. In the talk I plan to review each of the above activities, but will focus on ReUse (a holy grail for KBS Research). I will give an overview of what has been achieved to date, & will discuss several current projects in this sub-area.
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