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DOI:   10.3217/jucs-005-01-0002


Dynamic Background Libraries - New Developments in Distance Education Using HIKS (Hierarchical Interactive Knowledge System)

Thomas Dietinger (Graz University of Technology, Austria)

Christian Gütl (Graz University of Technology, Austria)

Bernhard Knögler (Graz University of Technology, Austria)

Dietmar Neussl (Graz University of Technology, Austria)

Klaus Schmaranz (Graz University of Technology, Austria)

Abstract: This paper is a short description of HIKS, a working prototype of an interactive knowledge management system. HIKS might be used as a dynamic background library in a Web-based training environment. Research in the field of Web-based learning at the [IICM] has shown that courseware combined only with static background libraries does not satisfy the learners' needs. An additional dynamic background library will always guarantee up-to-date knowledge. Relevant knowledge spaces from the biggest knowledge store, the Internet, will be extracted by HIKS. The core of this system is a sophisticated information gatherer and knowledge area broker system, which will be combined with a Hyperwave-based distance training system. This paper describes the technique of the gatherer and broker and their interaction with the learning process. Furthermore, the realisation of knowledge hierarchy for specific topics and co-operations between organisations is shown.

A short version of this paper was accepted for presentation by the ICCE 98 conference. The research described in this paper was conducted as part of the IICM Knowledge Discovery Project, supported by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science and Transport.

Keywords: Hyperwave, Web based training, dynamic background library, information relevance assessment, information structuring, intelligent knowledge broker