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The articles published here are either of a factual or opiniating nature. They can cover the whole range of diderot track activities, from information design, through coaching and managing on semantics based projects.

titleDenis Diderot (1713 - 1784) - A short biography of Denis Diderot. Diderot was focused on the reuse of knowledge, just as Diderot Track is focused on the reuse of information.read now

titleInformation: source for knowledge - Accessible and usable information is a business asset that should be accounted for. It's one of the factors for a company's competitive position. Implementing ‘knowledge management’ could bring a solution. But what is it and what are the requirements to create and maintain knowledge.read now

titleThe future of knowledge - The world is definitely in motion with respect to information- and knowledge management. The awareness of the importance of managing and (re-)using information becomes more and more apparent. Not in the least with regard to findability of the appropriate information in the appropriate time.read now

titleLet’s create some overhead - Some principles, in business as well as in real life, are very simple and easy to understand. Focusing on the business spectrum of things, the most significant principle is the overhead. The actual main purpose of business is to create overhead for other organisations. Of course that is exactly what ‘the others’ are doing as well. The mechanism that is mainly used to convince the others that overhead is useful is called marketing strategy. Let’s call it a way of life.read now

Using ontologies - In order to enable precise and accurate access to information resources a number of methods for assigning keywords to the resources in a controlled fashion – controlled vocabularies, taxonomies and thesauri - are available today. Since each method has it’s own limitations and drawbacks, the call for a structure that allows for combining the strength of each and at the same time provides the flexibility to be applied in more than one way and for more than just a single purpose.read now

What is the information problem? - Nowadays, most organisations have an information system (database) in which business-critical information is stored and managed. Such systems mainly contain financial data and data about stocks, sales results, etc., also referred to as 'factual information'.read now

Standards for industries - In many industries it is of vital importance to receive the right information at the right time. There is a need for solutions that enable the filtering and sorting of this information glut. XML standards can provide these.read now

Knowledge meeting Topic Maps - Everyday we are submitted to an enormous amount of information, for example TV news items, newspaper articles, a scientific article, but also information from the conversations we have with friends. We are able to process this information because we give ‘meaning’ to this information. This ‘meaning’ we take from contextual information and from relationships with events and information from the past. For example, the information “unknown virus strikes the Netherlands” has a different meaning in a medical journal than that same sentence would have in a computer magazine. In the field of digital information processing there is now a model that builds on this way of adding meaning to information: Topic Maps.read now