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Two journal articles accepted

Recently, two journal articles have been accepted after a lengthy reviewing process. They summarize two major areas of contribution of MATURE: iterative and agile design processes/design-based research and agile competence management and ontology maturing.

Simone Braun, Christine Kunzmann, Andreas Schmidt
Semantic People Tagging & Ontology Maturing: An Enterprise Social Media Approach to Competence Management
International Journal on Knowledge and Learning

Semantic People Tagging is an Enterprise 2.0-style approach to making expertise and individual capabilities transparent. By combining it with a collaborative ontology editor and thus the possibility to construct a shared vocabulary and understanding, it can be a supplement for cumbersome competence management, or expert finder solutions, which lack acceptance among employees, and suffer from outdated data. It gives human resources a timely overview of available and required competencies based on peer reviews and actual usage. However, it also needs to be tailored to the cultural characteristics of a specific company. Therefore, we have developed a design framework for semantic people tagging.

We want to present the general approach based on the ontology maturing concept of gradual formalization and its implementation based on a social semantic bookmarking system. Focus group interviews with HR experts have further have yielded insights into the wider context and validated the concept. The system has been introduced and evaluated at a company for career advising, and is being rolled out to additional contexts. 

 

Andrew Ravenscoft, Andreas Schmidt, John Cook, Claire Bradley
Designing Socio-technical Systems for Informal Learning and Knowledge Maturing in the ‘Web 2.0 Workplace’
Journal of Computer Assisted Learning

This article presents an original approach to designing socio-technical technology enhanced learning (TEL) to realise informal learning and knowledge maturing. It is being conducted as part of a large-scale EC project called MATURE. In addressing the challenge of designing work integrated TEL systems within the „Web 2.0 workplace‟, we have developed and tested an agile and „federated‟ approach to the design of social and semantic technologies. This has followed an original design based research approach that has been adapted to conform with a new framework of deep learning design. Two design cycles are reported that incorporated: early technical and conceptual „design studies‟; Use Cases of envisaged scenarios; Demonstrator prototypes that synthesise the technical and user requirements; and, a flexible Evaluation Framework that coordinates and assesses the related activities. In this article we will present this design approach and describe the socio-technical systems that it has produced along with their formative evaluation. Finally, we offer some conclusions about designing socio-technical systems for the work-place of the future.

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