This book contains the proceedings of the International Conference on Knowledge Management and Information Sharing (KMIS 2011). This conference is sponsored by the Institute for Systems and Technologies of Information, Control and Communication (INSTICC) and this year it is hosted by the University PARIS-EST Créteil (UPEC) at the campus of Sénart. KMIS 2011 was held in cooperation with the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), the ACM Special Interest Group on Management Information Systems (ACM SIGMIS), the LISSI Laboratory and the Information & Knowledge Management Society (IKMS). The purpose of the International Conference on Knowledge Management and Information Sharing is to provide a major meeting point for researchers and practitioners interested in the study and application of all perspectives of Knowledge Management and Information Sharing. Knowledge Management (KM) is a discipline concerned with the analysis and technical support of practices
used in an organization to identify, create, represent, distribute and enable the adoption and leveraging of good practices embedded in collaborative settings and, in particular, in organizational processes. Effective knowledge management is an increasingly important source of competitive advantage, and a key to the success of contemporary organizations, bolstering the collective expertise of its employees and partners. There are several perspectives on KM, but all share the same core components, namely: People, Processes and Technology. Some take a techno-centric focus, in order to enhance knowledge integration and creation; some take an organizational focus, in order to optimize organization design and workflows; some take an ecological focus, where the important aspects are related to people interaction, knowledge and environmental factors as a complex adaptive system similar to a natural ecosystem. Information Sharing (IS) is a term used for a long time in the information technology (IT) lexicon, related to data exchange, communication protocols and technological infrastructures. Although standardization is indeed an essential element for sharing information, IS effectiveness requires going beyond the syntactic nature of IT and delve into the human functions involved in the semantic, pragmatic and social levels of organizational semiotics. The two areas are intertwined as information sharing is the foundation for knowledge management. KMIS is integrated in IC3K (International Joint Conference on Knowledge Discovery, Knowledge Engineering and Knowledge Management) a conference formed by three complementary conferences, namely: KDIR (International Conference on Knowledge Development and Information Retrieval), KEOD (International Conference on Knowledge Engineering and Ontology Development) and KMIS. The KMIS program includes two special sessions, on Enterprise Ontology (SSEO) and on Research and Development on Business Process Management (RDBPM). The joint conference, IC3K received 429 paper submissions from 59 countries in all continents. To evaluate each submission, a double blind paper review was performed by the Program Committee. After a stringent selection process, 47 papers were accepted to be published and presented as full papers, i.e. completed work, 94 papers reflecting work-in-progress or position papers were accepted for short presentation, and another 81 contributions were accepted for poster presentation. These numbers, leading to a “full-paper” acceptance ratio of about 11% and a total oral paper presentations acceptance ratio close to 33%, show the intention of preserving a high quality forum for the next editions of this conference. IC3K’s program includes panels and five invited talks delivered by internationally distinguished speakers, namely: Jay Liebowitz (University of Maryland University College, U.S.A.), Carole Goble (University of Manchester, U.K.), Mayer Aladjem (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel), Guus Schreiber (VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands) and Jan L. G. Dietz (Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands). As in previous editions of the Conference, based on the reviewers’ evaluations and on the quality of presentations, a short list of authors will be selected and invited to submit extended revised versions of their papers for a book that will be published by Springer with the best papers of IC3K 2011. We would like to express our thanks to all participants. First of all, to the authors, whose quality work is the essence of this Conference. Next, we thank to all the members of the program committee and the auxiliary reviewers for their diligence and expert reviewing. We would also like to deeply thank the invited speakers for their excellent contribution in sharing their knowledge and vision. Fourthly, we thank the program chair, Kecheng Liu, whose collaboration was much appreciated. Finally, special thanks to all the members of the INSTICC team whose collaboration was fundamental for the success of this conference. We wish you all an exciting conference and an unforgettable stay in the city of Paris and we hope to meet you again next year for the 4th KMIS, details of which will shortly be made available at http://www.kmis.ic3k.org.
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