Keynote 2:
Knowledge Discovery, Expert Discovery and Knowledge Sharing



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Termin und Zeit: Do 15.3.2001, 9.00-10.00 Uhr

New knowledge creation is accelerating. For example, in the US there are more than 300,000 new patent applica-tions annually which result in approximately 160,000 new patents added to the more than 6 million current pat-ents. Whereas the size of the library of congress is 33 terabytes (growing at about 7,000 materials a day), one es-timate is that the long distance communications in the U.S. alone in 1999 were 70,000 terrabytes. This keynote describes the current challenge of global and corporate knowledge management and outlines experience with in-telligent tools that support the automated discovery of distributed experts and communities of expertise, the auto-mated detection and tracking of emerging topics from unstructured multimedia data, and capabilities to increase organizational awareness (e.g., awareness of, team members and materials in virtual collaboration environments). This talk will describe Geospatial News on Demand (GeoNODE), Expert Finder, XperNet and the Collaborative Virtual Workspace (CVW). GeoNODE automatically detects and extracts emerging topics from web, document, and video news broadcast collections. Expert Finder is an expert skill finder that exploits the intellectual products created within an enterprise to support automated expertise classification. XperNet addresses the problem of de-tecting extant or emerging areas of human expertise without a priori knowledge of their existence. Both Expert Finder and XperNet combine to detect and track experts and expert communities within a complex work environ-ment. CVW ( is a place-based collaboration environment that enables team members to find one another and work together. This presentation will concludes with an outline of future research directions.

Mark T. Maybury
The MITRE Corporation
202 Burlington Road
Bedford, MA 01730