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Knowledge Management of Social Networks (SIG KM)
Wednesday, October 12, 2011, 1/2 Day 8:30am-12:30pm (workshop fee)

Of course, people (users) do not want to release to the world information about themselves that is meant to be private. They are professional scientists and not amateurs about information, such as politicians who accidentally send the wrong photos on Twitter. But are they sure they know how to manage their image and brand on the web? What is their profile now? Is there more than one person with your first and last name? When exploring the accessible data and information publicly available about you does it involve more than starting a browser; maybe a criminal review, or credit check? Do you want to manage your information so that you can begin to have a knowledgeable way to present way the public sees you, and share appropriately with friends and family the personal details that define who you are holistically.

This half-day workshop, which will accept papers, posters, panels and discussion groups that, provides hands-on training and/or conceptual understanding of knowledge management of personal information. Attendees will explore the data and information about themselves. Following a brief introduction to knowledge management techniques/concepts/community relationships, attendees will explore the tools for sharing information and the structural requirements of web-based repositories. Specific focus will include personal information in social networks, such as Facebook and Twitter. In addition, formal repositories of text and graphics about you personally will be defined and reviewed.

The focus of this workshop is on how can we use social networks to manage knowledge and how the techniques/concepts/community relationships that are known for managing knowledge can be applied to social network organization. We will deal with information extraction including important aspects in designing and structuring of the extracted data and knowledge chunks: in databases and conceptual repositories, and in information systems and specific application-tailored archives. Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Knowledge managing data in Social Networks;
  • Knowledge management technologies that enable interoperability of data repositories and data exchange formats;
  • Tools for exploring extracted data from multiple domains of texts;
  • Integrated knowledge representation and management of scientific and clinical free-text data, including KR formalisms (e.g. OWL, RDF, Annotation Schemas, etc.) that enable the creation of machine-processable descriptions of web resources;
  • Specific health-related data sources and how to manage the knowledge and to control for privacy.

Plan to bring your laptop or smart phone to learn more about who you are and how you might better determine through knowledge management the way others see you.


Heather D. Pfeiffer
Heather D. Pfeiffer, PhD is College Faculty at New Mexico State University in the Klipsch School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. She is interested in knowledge engineering and management, database management, improvement of bio-informatics data analysis, modeling of heterogeneous architectures, and collaborative testbeds. Dr. Pfeiffer has presented panels, papers and posters at ICCS, KCAP, VL, ICKM, ASIS&T, and various university conferences on topics relating to ontologies, knowledge bases, databases, Artificial Intelligence and other forms of knowledge engineering. She has also published papers in journals such as JETAI, JMMS and JIKM. Dr. Pfeiffer has a PhD in Computer Science from New Mexico State University, a MS in Computer Science from New Mexico State University, and a BS in Biology/Microbiology from University of Washington.

Deborah E. Swain
Deborah E. Swain, PhD. is an Associate Professor in the School of Library and Information Sciences at NC Central University in Durham, NC and has over 20 years experience in process engineering, organizational design, business and technical training, and managing information projects. Dr. Swain has also taught at UNC-Chapel Hill, NC State, and Campbell University. She has worked for corporations such as IBM, AT&T, and Lucent Technologies/Bell Labs. In addition to her faculty position at NC Central University, she has served as Interim Associate Dean (2008-2010). She completed her doctorate in Information Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1999). She also has an MA from UNC-CH in English and a BA from Duke University.

Members $65, non-members $75, before September 4, 2011
Members $75, non-members $85