Technical Architecture of Enabling Body of Knowledge System for Effective Learning and Information Dissemination

Technical Architecture of Enabling Body of Knowledge System for Effective Learning and Information Dissemination

Liang-Jie Zhang (Kingdee International Software Group CO., Ltd, Shenzhen, China) and Jia Zhang (Carnegie Mellon University - Silicon Valley, Moffett Field, CA, USA)
Copyright: © 2013 |Pages: 22
DOI: 10.4018/jwsr.2013040103
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Abstract

In the current era of knowledge explosion, many fields are witnessing a tremendous amount of research and practice reported on a regular basis. How to help people effectively and efficiently study state-of-the-art knowledge in a specific field has become an urgent task yet highly challenging. On top of the Internet as an unstructured knowledge base, this paper reports the design and development of a Body of Knowledge portal (BoK), which can be used as a novel learning environment. Leveraging the key technologies of services computing (Web 2.0, Web services and Service-Oriented Architecture), a BoK provides a uniform gateway for researchers and practitioners to seamlessly study and organize knowledge from heterogeneous data sources. A service-oriented knowledge delivery mechanism is key to a BoK centered on configurable delivery protocols. As services computing having evolved as the foundational discipline supporting modern services industry, the authors used the field as an example to illustrate the technical architecture that enables the establishment of BoK in services computing. Information dissemination of BoK on mobile delivery platform is explored as well. Performance data analysis is also reported on the BoK infrastructure.
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Motivating Case And Challenges

Modern services industry poses a significant IT challenge as how to achieve higher reusability, scalability, interoperability, and cost efficiency. To address this issue, services computing has recently evolved as the foundational discipline to study how to leverage IT and computing technology to help people perform business services more efficiently and effectively (Zhang, Zhang et al. 2007). This is the reason why in the recent decade, services computing has gained significant momentum from both industry and academia. However, applying services computing technology to modernize the traditional services industry is now facing significant challenges. One major issue is the lack of skilled practitioners to meet the increasing and urgent demands from the market.

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