Title: Knowledge society arguments revisited in the semantic technologies era

Authors: Yannis Kalfoglou

Addresses: Advanced Knowledge Technologies (AKT), School of Electronics and Computer Science (ECS), University of Southampton, Highfield Campus, Southampton SO17 1BJ, UK

Abstract: In the light of high profile governmental and international efforts to realise the knowledge society, I review the arguments made for and against it from a technology standpoint. I focus on Advanced Knowledge Technologies (AKT) with applications on a large scale and in open-ended environments like the world wide web and its ambitious extension, the semantic web. I argue for a greater role of social networks in a knowledge society and I explore the recent developments in mechanised trust, knowledge certification and speculate on their blending with traditional societal institutions. These form the basis of a sketched roadmap for enabling technologies for a knowledge society.

Keywords: semantic technologies; knowledge society; semantic web; semantic interoperability; mechanised trust; emergent semantics; social software; advanced knowledge technologies; social networks.

DOI: 10.1504/IJKL.2007.015553

International Journal of Knowledge and Learning, 2007 Vol.3 No.2/3, pp.225 - 244

Published online: 29 Oct 2007 *

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