and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) fund
the AKT project.
It is one of their Interdisciplinary Research Collaborations (IRC).
AKT brings together
a strong set of universities and complementary disciplines to tackle
fundamental problems associated with the management of knowledge.
AKT is a multi-million
pound, six-year collaboration between internationally recognised research
groups at the Universities of Southampton,
and the Open
University. Professor Nigel Shadbolt will be the Director of the
AKT project whose
aim is to develop and extend a range of technologies to provide integrated
methods and services for the capture, modelling, publishing, reuse
and management of knowledge. The IRC will undertake fundamental research
in particular knowledge technologies and it will also bring together
relevant work and produce practical results. It has attracted significant
and enthusiastic industrial support. We believe it provides an exciting
focus for research into knowledge technology.
It is a commonly held belief that we live in a world where there
has been an explosion of data, information and knowledge. But knowledge
is only of value when it can be used effectively and efficiently.
The management of knowledge is increasingly being recognised as
a key element in extracting its value. We need to understand how
best to take knowledge through a series of stages from its
creation to its use. It needs to be acquired, modelled and represented,
stored and retrieved, used and reused, published and maintained.
The AKT project
is intended to address all these closely related issues in an integrated
approach. There are six challenges that any complete approach to
knowledge management must meet. We see these as fundamental bottlenecks
that need to be overcome and around which AKT's
research agenda is focused.