Discovery and capture of organizational knowledge from unstructured information

J. Gu, Wing Bun Lee, Chi Fai Cheung, Yue Hong Eric Tsui, W. M. Wang

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Abstract

Knowledge of an organization does not merely reside in structured form of information and data; it is also embedded in unstructured form. The discovery of such knowledge is particularly difficult as the characteristic is dynamic, scattered, massive and multiplying at high speed. Conventional methods of managing unstructured information are considered too resource demanding and time consuming to cope with the rapid information growth. In this paper, a Multi-faceted and Automatic Knowledge Elicitation System (MAKES) is introduced for the purpose of discovery and capture of organizational knowledge. A trial implementation has been conducted in a public organization to achieve the objective of decision capture and navigation from a number of meeting minutes which are autonomously organized, classified and presented in a multi-faceted taxonomy map in both document and content level. Key concepts such as critical decision made, key knowledge workers, knowledge flow and the relationship among them are elicited and displayed in predefined knowledge model and maps. Hence, the structured knowledge can be retained, shared and reused. Conducting Knowledge Management with MAKES reduces work in searching and retrieving the target decision, saves a great deal of time and manpower, and also enables an organization to keep pace with the knowledge life cycle. This is particularly important when the amount of unstructured information and data grows extremely quickly. This system approach of knowledge management can accelerate value extraction and creation cycles of organizations.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)444-449
Number of pages6
JournalWorld Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology
Volume77
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2011

Keywords

  • Knowledge elicitation
  • Knowledge management
  • Knowledge-based system
  • Taxonomy
  • Unstructured information management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)

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