Sunday, February 12, 2006

Knowledge Management, Bird Flu, and medical research? 

Last week I attended a very interesting focus day on Knowledge Management for Healthcare held on the NIH campus. The videocast for this is available publically - "Knowledge in Service to Health: Leveraging Knowledge for Modern Science Management ". The quality of the material and thought leadership presented was exceptional - along with the tools and techniques demonstrated. Speakers from the US, Netherlands, Germany and Wellcome Trust in the UK gave some fascinating insights.

Monday, February 06, 2006
Total Running Time: 03:34:54

and the individual PPTs are available here.

The medical community is working hard at leveraging knowledgement management (KM) to improve medical research and science.

Allied to this is the need to have better semantic understanding and alignment.

A recent paper published on semantic representations in registry shows how to work toward alignment of domain terms across a community of interest (CoI). The use of XML and OWL syntax to enable storage mechanisms inside the ebXML registry system is particularly insightful.

Once again it comes down to a balance between vision and pragmatic hard work - providing the means to support the knowledge tools with sound practical information sources and shared community information.

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