Several European countries
appear at the top of the list of knowledge-based economies. The
list prepared by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and
Development (OECD) places Sweden at the top of the list as the
most knowledge-based economy in terms of investment in knowledge-based
activities. Finland took fourth place on the list while the UK
occupied 13th position.
The OECD says that the ability
to create, distribute and exploit knowledge is becoming increasingly
central to competitive advantage, wealth creation and better
standards of living.
The positioning of European
economies on the OECD list will come as good news to the European
Commission who are supporting significant research in the area
of knowledge-based enterprises. Key Action II, New Methods of
Work and Electronic Commerce, part of the European Commission's
IST Programme, is devoting considerable resources to developing
technologies for knowledge-based economies.
As part of its current research
programme, Key Action II of the IST Programme is supporting an
area of activity which it refers to as the "Smart Organisation".
The aim is to support the transformation of profit and non-profit
entities into smart organisations. Smart organisations are defined
as those that are knowledge driven, adaptive and learning as
well as agile in their ability to create and exploit the opportunities
of an Internetworked economy.
Smart organisations are being
discussed at the e-2001 conference, which is to be held in Venice,
October 17-19. This conference provides a good indication of
the wide range of work that is being supported by the IST Programme's
Key Action II, New Methods of Work and Electronic Commerce. Included
in the programme are papers addressing using knowledge obtained
from web site logs to personalise customer interactions, knowledge
engineering in virtual organisations, and management of knowledge
based adaptive SMEs.
Claus Westerling, from Volkswagen
in Germany, will be talking about innovative methods and tools
for the effective management of corporate knowledge. The work
reported is based on the results of an IST project called PICK
(Tools for Process Improvement Based on Corporate Knowledge Management.
Volkswagen has been working with DaimlerChrysler and Saab on
the development of these tools.
e-2001 is the conference for
RTD projects in Key Action II of the IST Programme, who are also
the primary sponsors of e-2001. Major sponsors are Telecom Italia,
Canon and InfoCamere.
Notes to Editors
The following are a selection
of papers relevant knowledge-based economies that are being presented
at the e-2001 conference.
Personalising Customer Interactions
using Knowledge Mined from Behavioural Logs
Sarabjot Singh Anand, MINEit Software, United Kingdom
ANGELO: Knowledge Based Virtual Facilitator in Team Working
Fabrizio Davide, Telecom Italia, Italy
DECOR: Delivery of context-sensitive organisational knowledge
Andreas Abecker, German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence,
Patterns to Adopt Knowledge Based Solutions to Software Processes
Elixabete Ostolaza, European Software Institute, Spain
Knowledge Engineering in virtual Organisations
Dietmar Boenke, Fachhochschule Reutlingen, Germany
Knowledge Management for Knowledgeable People
Kim Davis, SINTEF Electronics and Cybernetics, Norway
Innovative methods and tools for the effective management of
Claus Westerling, Volkswagen AG, Germany
Knowledge Management in the Construction Industry: the e-COGNOS
Marc Bourdeau, CSTB, France
Communicating Knowledge in the Joint Sales Network of Construction
Friedemann Reim, Informationsmanagement, Germany
Production and Communication of Technological Knowledge at Regional
Pier Paolo Patrucco, Nomisma Economic Research Centre, Italy
Structuring Knowledge with XML
Erik Meißner, Computer Graphics Center, Germany
Optimising knowledge mining in the e-back-office
Damir Cavar, Dresdner Bank AG, Germany
MKBEEM - a comprehensive multilingual knowledge-based e-commerce
Alain Léger, France Telecom R&D, France
SYMPHONY : On the management of knowledge based adaptive SMEs
Jeroen Kemp, Fraunhofer IAO, Germany
Workflow Directed Knowledge Management
Wouter Jansweijer, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands