Journal of Information Science, 34 (1), 2008 – interesting articles

[German title: Journal of Information Science, 34 (1), 2008 – interessante Artikel]

A uniform conceptual model for knowledge management of international copyright law 93-109 Wenhuan Lu and Mitsuru Ikeda

  • Abstract: Copyright issues are significant for worldwide information sharing, while mutual understanding about the commonalities and differences among international copyright law articles is difficult due to the diversity of legal knowledge representation. The goal of our research is to propose an appropriate methodology and capture a uniform conceptual model that will provide semantic level representation for processing and modelling international legal knowledge using ontological technology. This paper proposes a preliminary intention-oriented legal knowledge model as a pivotal model that, from the viewpoint of intention behind the law, manages and models legal knowledge derived from international law documents. We develop a domain ontology — international copyright law ontology, which is used as a fundamental conceptual framework to maintain consistency among diverse legal knowledge representations.
  • Key Words: uniform conceptual model • international copyright law • information sharing • ontology • legal knowledge representation • intelligent supporting system
  • DOI: 10.1177/0165551507079418

The quality of evidence in knowledge management research: practitioner versus scholarly literature  110-126 Hamid R. Ekbia and Noriko Hara

  • Abstract: The viability of KM partly rests on how researchers garner empirical support for their purported theories. One aspect of this would involve the evaluation of the evidence provided in KM research. This paper presents a comparative study of the evidence that is presented in scholarly and professional literature on KM. For this purpose, the paper introduces a typology of evidence to analyze the data obtained from the survey of the literature. The classification based on this typology reveals quantitative differences between the types of evidence put forth in the scholarly and practitioner literature. More interestingly, however, our analysis reveals differences in terms of the questions they ask, the perspective they adopt, and the methods they follow to convince others of the validity of their claims. We explain these differences in terms of the notions of `blackboxing’ and `performance’ borrowed from actor-network theory.
  • Key Words: knowledge management • evidence • actor-network theory • social informatics
  • DOI: 10.1177/0165551507080412

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