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Knowledge Constructivism from Hypertext Research (4)

Balances between Composition and Structure

A KM system should enable assimilation of emergent knowledge within pre-established processes, but not to the exclusion of knowledge creation itself. An example of the balane between both is SEPIA – Structure Elicitation and Processing of Ideas for Authoring, another early hypertext system involving structured management of ideas(knowledge ) as written goals was (Streitz et al, 1989).

SEPIA was a knowledge-based authoring and idea-processing engine for creating and managing hypertext documents in five areas:

  • a "Activity spaces" could interface with a "Content space" for collecting information relevant to a content domain
  • a "Planning spaces" housed the ability to create an agenda for coordinating all sub-activities, plans and goals
  • an "argumentation space" archived arguments and rationale commentaries
  • an "rhetorical space" could assist in structuring the logical form and sequence of the final document. Beyond text mining, the actual intelligent interrelation of documents has been largely overlooked by the KM community.

 Resource :

Fransicso J.Ricardo, "Hypertext and Knowledge Management", ACM 2001

The space mentioned above is similar to Ba concept in SECI model. Also, this system reflects how hypertext can be utilised in managing knowledge within an organization by incoporating different spaces for different purposes.

Though I have no real experience to utilise the system, but I think it will allows user to do the linkage from the five different spaces. The interrelationships between different spaces will facilitate more knowledge creted in the readers' context.

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