This book contains the proceedings of the International Conference on Knowledge Management and Information Sharing – KMIS, which was sponsored by the Institute for Systems and Technologies of Information, Control and Communication (INSTICC) and held in Barcelona, Spain. KDIR was organized in cooperation with the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) and in collaboration with the Informatics Research Centre (IRC). The main objective of the International Conference on Knowledge Management and Information Sharing was to provide a point of contact for scientists, engineers and practitioners interested in the scientific and technical advancement 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. As always KMIS is one of the three integrated conferences that are co-located and constitute the International Joint Conference on Knowledge Discovery, Knowledge Engineering and Knowledge Management (IC3K). The other two are KDIR - International Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Information Retrieval and KEOD - International Conference on Knowledge Engineering and Ontology Development. The joint conference, IC3K received 347 paper submissions from 59 countries, which demonstrates the success and global dimension of this conference. From these, 44 papers were published as full papers, 88 were accepted for short presentation and another 60 for poster presentation. These numbers, leading to a “full-paper” acceptance ratio of about 13% and an oral paper acceptance ratio close to 38%, show the intention of preserving a high quality forum for the next editions of this conference. The high quality of the papers received imposed difficult choices in the review process. To evaluate each submission, a double blind paper review was performed by the Program Committee, whose members are highly qualified independent researchers in KMIS topic areas. Moreover, the conferences also featured a number of keynote lectures delivered by internationally well known experts, namely Daniel O'Leary (University of Southern California, United States), Sophia Ananiadou (University of Manchester, United Kingdom), Alfred Inselberg (Tel Aviv University, Israel), Peter F. Patel-Schneider (United States) and Florian Michahelles (ETH Zürich, Switzerland), thus contributing to increase the overall quality of the conferences and to provide a deeper understanding of the conferences interest fields. Workshops provide interactive forae that allow for a more in-depth discussion of particular areas within the scope of the conference. We would like to thank the workshop chairs for their collaboration in providing this added-value satellite event of IC3K 2012 namely: 3rd International Workshop on Software Knowledge – SKY (chaired by Iaakov Exman, Juan Llorens and Anabel Fraga). The meeting was also complemented with a special session, the Special Session on Research and Development on Business Process Management - RDBPM (chaired by Nuno Pina). To recognize the best submissions and the best student contributions, awards based on the best combined marks of paper reviewing, as assessed by the Program Committee, and the quality of the presentation, as assessed by session chairs at the conference venue, were conferred at the closing session of the conference. We trust that you will find these proceedings interesting and to be a helpful reference in the future. All presented papers will be submitted for indexation by Thomson Reuters Conference Proceedings Citation Index (ISI), INSPEC, DBLP and EI (Elsevier Index), as well as being made available at the SciTePress Digital Library. Additionally, a short list of presented papers will be selected to be expanded into a forthcoming book of IC3K Selected Papers to be published by Springer Verlag. Building an interesting and successful program for the conference required the dedicated effort of many people. We would like to express our thanks, first of all, to all authors including those whose papers were not included in the program. We would also like to express our gratitude to all members of the Program Committee and auxiliary reviewers, who helped us with their expertise and valuable time. Furthermore, we thank the invited speakers for their invaluable contribution and for taking the time to synthesize and prepare their talks. Moreover, we thank the workshop and special session chairs whose contribution to the diversity of the program was decisive. Finally, we gratefully acknowledge the professional support of the INSTICC team for all organizational processes.
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