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Abstracts of Papers Published in the Conference Proceedings - Section 1.3: Learning and Linguistic Support

Section 1.3: Learning and Linguistic Support
Customisable Resource Discovery Services
W. Donnelly, Y. Nicol
Learning on Process Knowledge: A Technological and Methodological Proposition
K. Samiotis, A. Poulymenakou, P. Zaharias
The Fraunhofer Knowledge Network (FKN) for Training in Microelectronics Applications
A. Sauer, G. Elst, W. John
The KOD (Knowledge on Demand) Packaging Toolkit: An XML Adaptive Learning Content Management System
F. Cardinali, G. Da Bormida, R. Vaccaro, F. Grosso, D. Sampson
New Opportunities for Language Technology in Multilingual eMarkets
H. Fersøe and A. Joscelyne
Trading Cultural Heritage Digital Objects On-line
T. Arcarese, V. Cappellini, F. Cervelli and R. Gagliardi

Customisable Resource Discovery Services
Willie DONNELLY and Yves NICOL
Telecommunications Software Systems Group, Waterford Institute of Technology, Cork Road, Waterford, Ireland

The advancement of the Internet as a primary source of both business and educational information is limited by the inefficiencies of present day search engines. In many cases the match between the user requirements and the Internet search results are limited is extremely poor. This paper presents a customisable resource discovery service, based on technologies such as CORBA and XML. The Resource Discovery Service (RDS) can improve the current search engines and offer better- search accuracy for the users by using their profile information. The Resource Discovery Service implementation was started within the context of a European funded project GESTALT (Getting Education Systems Talk Across Leading Edge Technologies) whose objective was to develop a distributed distance learning system. The major requirement in developing a customisable RDS was the definition of a profile management service and an educational search service.

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Learning on Process Knowledge: A Technological and Methodological Proposition
Kostas SAMIOTIS, Angeliki POULYMENAKOU and Panagiotis ZAHARIAS
Athens University of Economics and Business, Department of Information Systems
76, Patission Str., Athens 10434, GREECE

The issue of managing individual and organisational knowledge, as a source of sustainable competitive advantage, seems to occupy a great deal of attention in the contemporary business world mainly from a technological point of view. The paper proposition draws upon the need of the management of knowledge, not only in technological but also methodological terms, and presents an innovative learning platform for use in highly knowledge-intensive working environments. The main innovative element of this platform is the convergence of notions coming both from knowledge management and learning domain under the spectrum of the organisational working practices, as they are manifested through business processes. We espoused the "Case Study" learning concept as an efficient way to encapsulate and transfer tacit and explicit knowledge anchored on business processes. The paper discusses the main theoretical issues and outlines in high level the tool-set's and methodology's orientation.

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The Fraunhofer Knowledge Network (FKN) for Training in Microelectronics Applications
Anton SAUER(1), Gunter ELST(1)' and Werner JOHN(2)
(1) Fraunhofer Institut IIS/EAS, Zeunerstr. 38, D - 01069 Dresden
(2) Fraunhofer Insfitut IZM, Technologiepark 34, D - 33100 Paderborn

The Fraunhofer Gesellschaft in Germany has started the project FKN which aims to reduce the shortage of ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) skills by implementing research training in leading educational centres under the guidance of industry in critical disciplines of microelectronics design and test, e.g. design under electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) constraints. Training material for this important design area will be prepared and integrated in a Web-based training platform which is specified, developed and filled with content following the educational and industrial needs. The paper describes the complete training system and practical experiences in preparing the learning material and in
using this web-based approach. With the already achieved positive results Fraunhofer plans to extend the Knowledge Network into other domains.

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The KOD (Knowledge on Demand) Packaging Toolkit: An XML Adaptive Learning Content Management System
Fabrizio CARDINALI(1), Giorgio DA BORMIDA(1), Roberto VACCARO(1), Fabrizio GROSSO(1) and Demetrios SAMPSON(2)
(1) GIUNTI Interactive Labs (Giunti Publishing Group), Via al Ponte Calvi 3/15, 16124 Genoa, Italy
(2) Informatics and Telematics Institute (ITI), Centre for Research and Technology - Hellas (CERTH), 1 Kyvernidou Str., Thessaloniki, GR-54639 Greece

Abstract. This paper addresses the authoring, packaging and multi-format delivery of learning content objects for their shareable and reusable circulation within the information society. It presents the first achievements of the KOD project (Knowledge on Demand, IST project IST-1999-12503) addressing the design, development and testing of a three level architecture dedicated to content publishers, inter-mediators and users. The project will empower both the downstream content control flow from publishers to users, where more efficient content structuring and interoperability is requested and the upstream flow from users to publishers, where increased levels of content tailor-ability and accessibility is requested, One of the first results of the project is the KOD Packager, designed and developed by Interactive Labs (e-learning company of Giunti Publishing Group), enabling instructional designers to organise and pack learning resources, either traditional and adaptive for multi-format delivery both implementing up to date achievements from international e-learning standardisation forums and private initiatives and proposing schema extensions to better support adaptive content for wider uptake and integration into the market place.

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New Opportunities for Language Technology in Multilingual eMarkets
Hanne FERSOE(1) and Andrew JOSCELYNE(2)
(1) Centre for Sprogteknologi, Njalsgade SO, 2300 Kobenhavn S, Denmark
(2) Bootstrap S.A.R.L., 21 rue de Turbigo, F-75002 Paris, France

This paper demonstrates ways in which Human Language Technology (HLT) can play a vital role in enabling the emerging eBusiness market. Based on forecasts, the introduction claims that technologies that enable 'radical' multilingual support will form a crucial competitive response to the next generation of eBusiness websites. The following sections of the paper show HLT in action in a commercially-oriented, applied research context and in existing eBusiness applications. A showcase for a major on-going project to integrate multilingual knowledge processing technologies into a comprehensive market platform is also offered. The business benefits to be gained from these technologies are introduced in the next section, and the paper concludes that it will be very much in the interests of European business competitiveness to ensure that a significant portion of any eBusiness technology portfolio factors in multilingual HLT as baseline contribution to business survival.

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Trading Cultural Heritage Digital Objects On-line
Tiziana Arcarese(1), Vito Cappellini(2), Federico Cervelli(1), Roberto Gagliardi(1)
(1) META Centre, Consorzio Pisa Ricerche, C.so Italia 116, 5612.5 Pisa - ITALY
(2) Department of Electronics and Telecommunications, University of Firenze
Via S. Marta 3, 50139 Firenze -ITALY

This paper analyses how the results from recent research activities in the field of digital object transfer can be deployed with the aim of enhancing the online marketing of tradable multimedia related to cultural heritage. This objective can be achieved only if a technological framework integrating the most advanced solutions in the field of Electronic IPR (Intellectual Property Right) treatment, Digital signature and Multimedia Networking is demonstrated to be feasible, applicable and reliable both from the technical and Corn the legal and commercial point of view. A thorough assessment of such integrated solutions, together with the evaluation of the business impact in the different scenarios, will constitute the benchmark upon which to build a common consensus as well as to generate trust and confidence for the users, thus fostering the penetration of methodologies and technologies towards cultural institutions, governments and consumers with the ultimate aim of creating a critical mass of buyers and sellers of cultural digital objects.

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