MATURE Project News
After two video conferences in June and July 2008, the Warwick and Pontydysgu team went to Scotland for an intensive two day field visit in 13 and 14 October, 2008.
On the yearly knowledge management symposion organized by the AKWM Karlsruhe, Andreas Schmidt presented MATURE as one of the key activities in the knowledge management field of the iRegion Karlsruhe. The presentation particularly highlighted the potential of the knowledge maturing approach to overcome the separation of knowledge management and learning.
At this year's ECTEL conference in Maastricht, MATURE took the opportunity to present the results of the first months to the European TEL community.
last friday we finished our second week of the ethnographic study in Bielefeld at Synaxon AG. It was really cool that the staff of Synaxon supported us so much and it's nice to see how interested they are in the result of the study. I think, we got really good results in a very uncommon and open-minded company and I'm looking forward for the data analysis to get the "real" information ;-).
As one of the main activities of the first year work in the empirical strand, the ethnographic studies have started. After the pre-study in May by University of Innsbruck at the associate partner GISA, the main studies have now started:
- Synaxon (by University of Paderborn),
- Klinikum Karlsruhe (by FZI),
- Swisscom (by FHNW),
- STRUCTURALIA (by CIMNE),
- and at Connexions KENT (by UWAR and PONT)
All of them are partners or associate partners of MATURE.
The Municipal Hospital Karlsruhe (Klinikum Karlsruhe gGmbH)has joined the MATURE associate partner network and participates in the ethnographic studies in their training department for the nursery domain. The hospital is particulary interested in improving their training processes to accomodate to the changing requirements in the health care sector.
The second MATURE consortium meeting took place at Innsbruck in the beautiful Tyrolean alps, hosted by Ronald Maier and his team. The meeting was characterized by the continuing good spirit of the project team.
On the first day, there was an ethnographers' meeting. With the ethographic studies starting in August, the UIBK team has provided extensive preparation material and their first experiences with a pre-study.
SYNAXON (based in Bielefeld, Germany) is a company that builds upon wikis and their paradigm for their complete internal knowledge management and documentation processes. This provides MATURE with an excellent study object to collect experiences, good and bad practices as part of the ethnographic studies.