MATURE has been recently covered by the International Innovation magazine.
The Knowledge Maturing Model Landscape has already proven to be a valuable tool for providing advice to organizations interested in improving their knowledge processes and the supporting tool infrastructure. It helps analyzing and understanding problems and developing solutions. And in contrast to most consulting methodologies, it is also grounded on a sound and empirically as well as practically validated concept. A group of experienced individuals from the MATURE consortium and its Associate Partner Network has formed a European consulting network in recent months. It provides its tailored services to all kinds of organizations, and each of the consultants brings in their own special expertise in a certain business sector (e.g., healthcare, financial services, IT services) and country (Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Spain, United Kingdom).
The event took place for the first time and has immediately attracted almost 200 participants and thus grown up to a major event. The knowledge management days were organized by the magazine „Wissensmanagement. Magazin für Führungskräfte“ and the Danube University Krems. Keynote Speaker and knowledge managers from academia and industries, amongst others Ronald Maier (University of Innsbruck, Department of Information Systems ) shared their experiences.
The people tagging tool, which is based on the SOBOLEO framework, has been released as open source under GPLv3. We offer hosting, development, and consulting services that facilitate the customization and opereration of the system at the workplace.
Cook, J. and Pachler, N. (2012). Online People Tagging: Social (Mobile) Network(ing) Services and Work-based Learning. British Journal of Education Technology. Due Summer 2012. (email email@example.com for final draft)
Ravenscroft, A., Schmidt, A., Cook, J. & Bradley, (2012). Designing Socio-Technical Systems for Informal Learning and Knowledge Maturing in the ‘Web 2.0 Workplace’. Journal of Computer Assisted Learning (JCAL).
Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to feature two European projects that have explored innovative approaches to using Educational Technology to mediate “informal learning” in a variety of contexts. The paper is structured as follows. Firstly, it briefly delineate what the author means by “informal learning”, opting for the term ‘task-conscious learning’.
Learntec 2012 was a surprising success for MATURE. Both the knowledge maturing model and the tools, especially the people tagging solution, has attracted considerable interest by fair visitors. MATURE has been able to show well-grounded and practically relevant approaches to knowledge management and learning that set a refreshing antipole to many products and services offered by other exhibitors: while these solutions often appear to be stuck in the last decade, the discussions and reactions from visitors have shown that MATURE has been able to incorporate the lessons learnt from previous approaches.