A revolution in the sharing of knowledge…

Transforming e-Knowledge
TABLE OF CONTENTS     Vignettes from the e-Knowledge Future   © SCUP 2003
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Content Syndication: Digitizing e-content and making it available through knowledge exchanges.

Ubiquitous Technology: Environments in which cheap, low-power computers with convenient displays are embedded in everyday environments—home, work, schools, automobiles, and public places. Also called ambient technology, meaning completely surrounding, encompassing and available.

Mobile Technology: People carry mobile digital devices (PDAs, notebooks, organizers, smart cell phones and variations) that enable them to engage communication and information and reshape their activities.

Pervasive Technology: Surrounding, ubiquitous and mobile technology, operating together.

Supply Aggregators: Providers of content to e-knowledge marketplaces who aggregate content. Includes universities, associations and other enterprises.

Demand Aggregators: Users of e-content from marketplaces who aggregate demand from users. Includes universities, for-profit learning enterprises, associations and corporations.

Disintermediating: When the value chain is reinvented, middlepersons can be removed, or disintermediated. Over time, new opportunities to provide value appear in the value web, resulting in the appearing of new value-added providers. This is called re-intermediation.

Digital Natives: Persons who are at home in the digital environment and comfortable with the patterns and cadences of digital practices. Digital Immigrants are everybody else.


e-Knowledge Repositories: Places where the digital bits of e-knowledge are collected, aggregated and managed for use by a team, an enterprise, practitioners in a particular industry or academic discipline, or a consortium of organizations. Most early repositories are vertical channels, limited by proprietary software or ownership issues.

Interoperability: The ability of data, applications, and platforms to communicate with one another.

Open Source: Applications and devices whose source codes are known and operate according to open standards.

Indispensable Relationships: Knowledge is a key ingredient in enterprises forging relationships with learners, members or customers that are indispensable to their living, working, and learning.

Migration Paths: The emergent routes followed by enterprises in developing
e-knowledge infrastructures and competencies.

Expeditionary: Describes an evolving, adaptive approach to strategy, product development, and competency acquisition that allows rapid response to change and emerging insight.

Mentats: Human experts who serve as synthesizers of what is important in particular areas of expertise.

Academic Enterprise Systems (AES): College and university systems which combine elements of course management, learning management, and content management, accessible through enterprise portals. Called learning and content management systems (LACMS) outside academe.



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