Volume 12, Number 25
18 April 2006

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INSITES to Discuss Knowledge Portals

The upcoming INSITES meeting will be the first in a series on knowledge portals. A knowledge portal is a website where knowledge is, potentially, contributed as well as used by all visitors. While intranet-based knowledge management systems are usually based on a central expert-generated knowledge repository, the publicly distributed knowledge portal Wikipedia has already proven the widespread appeal and utility of this concept.

After a short introduction to knowledge portals, featuring a discussion of both content and community, the design and demonstration of a specific knowledge portal will be presented. "Trusted Events" is the name given to a project designed to facilitate public sharing of knowledge about events. Such knowledge is already presented by numerous websites that focus on, for instance, tango or movies. What "Trusted Events" will add to this is feedback, independence and community. It will have a simple feedback mechanism for filtering information on quality. It will be independent of event organizers and information providers and will be based on contributions from the community--i.e., everyone can contribute, although at different levels of reliability.

This meeting addresses all researchers and students interested in the information age, including but not limited to computer and software engineers, social and political scientists and psychologists. After the talk, there will be opportunity for discussion, both on the success criteria of "Trusted Events" and on knowledge portals in general.

Talk: "Knowledge Portals" by Dr.-Ing. Markus Schaal "Trusted Events" by members of a senior project group

Time & Place: Wednesday, April 19, at 5:40 p.m., in Room B101 (B-Building)

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