Social Construction of Knowledge

  • Angi Voss
  • Thomas Kreifelts
Part of the Berichte des German Chapter of the ACM book series (BGCACM, volume 50)


The term “social construction of knowledge” is introduced and a system is proposed that facilitates this process. Knowledge is based on information that may have to be retrieved from vast, dynamic and unknown information spaces. The goal of knowledge construction may be vague, such that the tasks to achieve it evolve incrementally as information is gathered and insights increase. The collaborative construction of knowledge introduces further challenges and stresses aspects such as validity, trust, relevance, and popularity of knowledge. A combination of groupware, text and data mining tools, software agents and a knowledge building component is proposed to address all these issues involved.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Angi Voss
    • 1
  • Thomas Kreifelts
    • 1
  1. 1.GMD — Forschungszentrum InformationstechnikInstitut für Angewandte Informationstechnologie (FIT)Sankt AugustinDeutschland

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