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KMCI CEO co-authors paper on XML Interoperability
November 07, 2008. Alexandria, VA -- EIS and KMCI are proud to announce the release of a new White Paper co-authored by Richard A. Vines of project Lessons - Strategic Solutions of Melbourne Australia and KMCI CEO and Director of CKIM Training, Joseph M. Firestone, entitled:
Vines and Firestone offer the following preface to the White Paper.
"This paper has been written with two very specific ends in mind.
The first is simple. We aim to make a small contribution to a culture of spirited problem solving in relation to the design and management of complex and open information networks that form part of the vitality and sustainability of any modern knowledge economy. For example, there may be an interest in the information networks associated with government and government-funded partnership collaborations in areas encompassing integrated health, well being and community services. Or there may be an interest in other types of complex service networks encompassing insurance brokering or the design, manufacture, retail and after sales service. Or the interest may encompass the monitoring and management of compliance information in response to the implementation of regulatory standards across any sort of domain of activity.
The second end is more complex and relates to the possibility that any debate about technical and social aspects of interoperability and content exchanges is not restricted to technical and IT related personnel. The use of mass digital technologies and the widespread adoption of the internet have been with us for less than twenty years. As the pace of adopting these new systems increases, it remains the case that remarkably little has been written about emergent options becoming available in terms of how we envision, negotiate and implement new information management systems across multiple sectors that make up all knowledge economies. This paper aims, in a small way, to address this current situation by tackling one particular technical concern – namely the emerging explosion in the use of eXtensible Markup Language (XML). The rise of XML is seen as an important solution to the challenges of automated (and semi-automated) information and data processing. However the problem of interoperability between XML schemas remains a global challenge that has yet to be resolved.
Both of us have a background in, and understanding of, the theory and practice of knowledge management (KM). In highlighting this – we should not be misunderstood as to the focus of this paper. We are not writing about KM itself. Rather, we are concerned about the nature of support systems that provide a foundation for effective KM. But in tackling this challenge, we think that the principles of KM can be used in the evaluation of particular theories of interoperability as discussed herein. We trust that our efforts have been moderately successful illustrating this possibility."