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25 September 2001

European Countries Top the League of Knowledge-based Economies

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, Germany
Patterns to Adopt Knowledge Based Solutions to Software Processes Management Problems
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 corporate knowledge
Claus Westerling, Volkswagen AG, Germany
Knowledge Management in the Construction Industry: the e-COGNOS Approach
Marc Bourdeau, CSTB, France
Communicating Knowledge in the Joint Sales Network of Construction Industry Suppliers
Friedemann Reim, Informationsmanagement, Germany
Production and Communication of Technological Knowledge at Regional Level
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 platform
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

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