Open Source Solutions for Knowledge Management and Technological Ecosystems

Open Source Solutions for Knowledge Management and Technological Ecosystems

Francisco J. Garcia-Peñalvo (University of Salamanca, Spain) and Alicia García-Holgado (University of Salamanca, Spain)
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Release Date: October, 2016|Copyright: © 2017 |Pages: 297|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-0905-9
ISBN13: 9781522509059|ISBN10: 1522509054|EISBN13: 9781522509066
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Over the past decade, diverse organizations have been turning to open source software for their technological needs, in both internal processes management and public interaction. Turning the data generated by organizations ranging from universities to large corporations into usable information has plagued users for years, making open source solutions one of the primary goals of these institutions.

Open Source Solutions for Knowledge Management and Technological Ecosystems addresses the issues surrounding the search for each organization’s unique data management needs, defining the tools necessary to fulfill them within their technological ecosystem, along with the selection, interoperability, and integration of these tools. This book is ideal for managers, business professionals, software engineers, information technology professionals, and students of business and IT.

Topics Covered

The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Gamification Ecosystems
  • Knowledge Structuring
  • Learning Ecosystems
  • Learning Management Systems
  • OpenACS Community Framework
  • Research Communities
  • Sustainable Development
  • Technological Ecosystem Maps
  • Tool Interoperability
  • User-Centered Design

Reviews and Testimonials

Computer and information scientists describe open source software for knowledge management, especially within the growing concept of technological ecosystems, which can adapt and improve like natural ecosystems if everyone has access to the code. Their topics include tool interoperability for learning management systems, technological ecosystem maps for information technology governance: application to a higher education institution, the need of the research community: open source solution for researching knowledge management, knowledge structuring for sustainable development and the Hozo Tool, and trying to go open: knowledge management in an academic journal.

– Protoview Reviews

This volume in the Advances in Knowledge Acquisition, Transfer, and Management (AKATM) book series offers the latest research on the technical intricacies and evolution of contemporary information systems in an expert but digestible way. The volume shares the tested work of scholars devoted to clarifying the “technological ecosystems” or unique processes whereby businesses or institutions manage their information. With backgrounds in computer science and business, the book’s contributors show how open source, or shared technologies, can help address issues and enhance protocols within each entity’s ecosystem to meet their specialized needs.
Nine chapters introduce readers to several types of these ecosystems in addition to discussing issues that may arise around them and benefits behind their design. Early chapters focus on “learning ecosystems” whereby technology is designed to facilitate educational processes, while a later chapter discusses the “gamification ecosystem,” defining its attributes and positioning it within the wider context of knowledge management. “Tools Interoperability for Learning Management Systems” explores the need for nurturing component relationships within and without these ecosystems, while “Software Engineering for Technological Ecosystems” discusses the computing processes behind the creation and evolution of these ecosystems. Other chapters employ case studies to argue for the inclusion of information ecosystems within sustainability topics and use of open source technologies within the greater realm of knowledge management. The book further explores “ecosystem maps,” ecosystems within the research community, open source frameworks for collaborative Internet sites, and more.
Like other titles in the series, each chapter begins with an abstract that summarizes the impetus for the research to follow. Chapters may also include background information and summary conclusions, and make strong use of headings, subheadings, bullet points, key terms and definitions, data tables, and more.
This volume definitely benefits from the inclusion of a preface, which works to establish the volume’s organization as well as its highly specialized mission. References are listed at the end of each chapter and compiled again at the end of the book, alongside brief contributor biographies and an index. IT professionals, educators, and students, in addition to data analysis specialists throughout a variety of fields, would be interested in this material.

– ARBA Staff Reviewer

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Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Francisco José García-Peñalvo completed his undergraduate studies in Computing at the University of Salamanca and University of Valladolid and his Ph.D. at the University of Salamanca. Dr. García-Peñalvo is the head of the research group GRIAL (Research Group Interaction and eLearning). His main research interests focus on eLearning, Computers & Education, Adaptive Systems, Web Engineering, Semantic Web and Software Reuse. He has led and participated in over 50 research and innovation projects. He was Vice Chancellor for Innovation at the University of Salamanca between March 2007 and December 2009. He has published more than 300 articles in international journals and conferences. He has been guest editor of several special issues of international journals (Online Information Review, Computers in Human Behaviour, Interactive Learning Environments...). He is also a member of the program committee of several international conferences and reviewer for several international journals. At present, he is the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Information Technology Research and the Education in the Knowledge Society Journal. Besides, he is the coordinator of the multidisciplinary PhD Programme on Education in the Knowledge Society.