Title: KnoWeb: an operational knowledge organisation framework

Authors: Michaela Denk, Karl A. Froeschl, Peter Hrastnik, Theresia Reinsperger, Roman Urro

Addresses: ec3 – Electronic Commerce Competence Center, Donau City-Strasse 1, A-1220 Vienna, Austria. ' ec3 – Electronic Commerce Competence Center, Donau City-Strasse 1, A-1220 Vienna, Austria. ' ec3 – Electronic Commerce Competence Center, Donau City-Strasse 1, A-1220 Vienna, Austria. ' ec3 – Electronic Commerce Competence Center, Donau City-Strasse 1, A-1220 Vienna, Austria. ' ec3 – Electronic Commerce Competence Center, Donau City-Strasse 1, A-1220 Vienna, Austria

Abstract: KnoWeb is a project which aims at devising a generic framework for operational knowledge organisation (OKO). OKO differs from established approaches to both content management and knowledge organisation, in that content is decomposed semantically to explicate (part of) the semantics through relational symbol arrangement amenable to algorithmic processing (navigation, inference, rewriting-updates). Framework development builds on theories and proposals from fields as diverse as artificial intelligence, symbolic logic, cognitive psychology and linguistic semantics. System design discerns three representation layers, viz. terminology (a collection of terms), definitions (a collection of texts intentionally describing the terms collected), and structural denotation (a formal model-based network of definition content). The OKO model resorts to graph structures capturing textual as well as structural semantics. The framework is generic in the sense that actual knowledge structures are open to application-specific configuration. This paper provides account of the overall KnoWeb model and sketches both its data structures and system architecture.

Keywords: operational knowledge organisation; textual semantics; structural semantics; knowledge processing; data structure; system architecture.

DOI: 10.1504/IJEB.2004.005882

International Journal of Electronic Business, 2004 Vol.2 No.5, pp.493 - 507

Published online: 23 Dec 2004 *

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