Developing a Desktop Knowledge System LO11669

art Mittelmann (
Sun, 5 Jan 1997 23:16:18 +0100

Replying to LO11648

>Integrating State of the Art Document Imaging, Full Text Indexing, Search
>and Delivery Technologies to Create a Fully Functional Desktop Knowledge
>It remains to classify PDF documents (as and when they are generated) into
>the defined subject taxonomy to create an on-going, living knowledge base.
>This is where state-of-the-art indexing technologies play their role.
>Documents which are known to be exemplar representations of each end
>branch of the subject taxonomy are identified. These documents are
>indexed and analysed for their content using advanced language analysis
>technologies to describe the content of the document (in much the same way
>as a spectrum analyser describes the content of an electrical signal). The
>summary statistics of these known documents are used to define the
>"expected" content of documents in each end branch of the taxonomy. Then
>as new documents are made available, their information "spectrum" is
>compared to the "exemplar" and one or more categorisations are made and
>maintained a relational database. The relational database which describes
>the current state of the knowledge base (including all indexed documents)
>should be able to be exported to a standard desktop database program such
>as Microsoft Access for off-line analysis.

The problem with relational databases is that they can only serve well a
two-dimensional sight of the information in them. But links between
documents seems to me to be more of a network type if they serve as a
knowledge base. So, is'nt there a need for more "intelligent" database
technology before thinking of integration? (Although I agree that
relational databases are state-of-the-art at the moment.)

>In my mind, it is not until all (or a large set) of these technologies are
>integrated into one clean desktop environment, and "client" applications
>are available for under US$500, that we can say that we are using
>technology for the sake of learning and knowledge creation, rather than
>just information creation.

This leds me to these questions:
What are the key differences between information and knowledge/learning
Does'nt this take place within our minds?
Is'nt it dependent on our mental models of our outer world?
So, how can we get people to adopt someone's mental model?
Is this *really* desireable?

Angelika Mittelmann

Angelika, Rudolf & Thomas Mittelmann
in der Ruine
Im Tal 9
A-4040 Linz/Austria

-- (art Mittelmann)

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