A revolution in the sharing of knowledge…

Transforming e-Knowledge
TABLE OF CONTENTS     Technologies, Standards, and Marketplaces for e-Knowledge   © SCUP 2003
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Repositories and Emerging e-Knowledge Marketplaces



Chapter 4

Technologies, Standards, and Marketplaces for e-Knowledge

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One of the fundamental capabilities for
e-knowledge regards the storage and retrieval of modules of content, context, and narrative that can be stored, repurposed, and combined and whose use can be metered and charged to a customer where appropriate. These modules will be available in a range of forms: highly granular (paragraphs, individual images, video clips), to chapters and topics, to full texts and anthologies. In learning contexts, such modular content is typically referred to as “learning objects.”

A Diversity of Repositories

Repositories of learning objects are a recent phenomenon. However, enterprises and institutions have been developing repositories of digital content for much longer — this is particularly so for the research and scientific communities. The first key to unlocking such archives for application in learning contexts and marketplace usage lies with the development of interoperability specifications, standards, and protocols, whether the repositories exist as centralized databases or as virtual, distributed collections.


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The second key is to refine enterprise practices and routines so that the cost of establishing, refreshing, maintaining, and using these repositories is driven downward toward economic viability.

Enterprise Repositories. Across all industries, enterprises have maintained various kinds of repositories of digital content for internal, proprietary use. Leading-edge enterprises that have recognized the jump-shift potentials of sharing knowledge are developing first-generation prototypes of enterprise repositories for sharing and exchanging e-knowledge with external parties. Without such repositories, knowledge management is difficult to cultivate. Companies such as Artesia Technologies, Knowledge Media, Inc., and the Scottish-based Dynamic Knowledge Corporation are creating tools that facilitate enterprise knowledge repositories.


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