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KITA 2015 − 1st International Workshop on the design, development and use of Knowledge IT Artifacts (KITA) in professional communities and aggregations. 
In conjunction with the 7th International Joint Conference on Knowledge Discovery, Knowledge Engineering and Knowledge Management - IC3K 2015, Lisbon, Portugal, 12-14 November 2015.


Broadly meant, a Knowledge Artifact (KA) is any artifact purposely built to support knowledge-related processes; these latter include archival of and access to knowledge sources, knowledge co-creation, knowledge sharing & exchange, its retrieval and exploitation, its production & learning (internalization). For this reason, KAs come in very different formats and types: just to limit ourselves to the electronic KAs, what we can denote as Knowledge IT artifacts (to hint at those specific IT artifacts, i.e., applications and software platforms, that specifically support knowledge creation and sharing), examples include:

  • decision support systems that convey the most pertinent items from the knowledge bodies mentioned above according to the situation or the user requests, profiles and needs; 
  • on-line digital platforms enabling an aggregation of firms (a cluster, a supply chain) to share valuable knowledge in order to achieve specific strategic aims (such as internationalization, new product development, lean production);
  • online wiki encyclopedias and manuals that represent objectively, if not structuredly (e.g., ontologically) a body of specialist knowledge; 
  • multimedia learning software that integrate different content sources and interactive techniques to have users develop both intellectual and practical competencies on the basis of the knowledge embedded in the artifacts. 

This heterogeneity of artifacts reflects both the heterogeneity of the application domains where knowledge must be computationally supported (R&D departments in organizations, Teaching Institutions, Communities of Practice and Communities of Knowledge) but also widely different design approaches and perspectives in regard to what knowledge is, how to tap in it, how it circulates in human communities, and which enterprise business models favour extracting value from it. 
In a recent literature survey (Cabitza and Locoro, 2014), which was awarded as the best paper of the previous KMIS conference, an extensive review of the heterogeneous body of scholarly contributions that focus on the concept of KA has allowed to draw a first interpretative and bottom-up framework to pinpoint the main KA design poles: objectivity and situativity, seen as dimensions which can be present at different degrees in each KITA. We invite other authors to apply this framework to their cases to both validate it and improve and enrich it, as a convenient interpretative lens to characterize even very heterogeneous KAs: from the most model-based and AI driven ones, where the effort of knowledge representation and formalization by the designers is critical for the success of the final application; to those applications that clearly adopt a more constructivist, pragmatic and collaboration-oriented approach to knowledge support (including enterprise social media, and wiki-based communities of peer experts). 
The idea behind the name (KITA) is to emphasize the role of (some, specific) IT artifacts to play as scaffoldings of knowing/learning/innovating processes and of practices of personal appropriation of objective knowledge and skill development. In Japanese, or better yet, in Otaku jargon, KITA is an exclamation that could be translated in many ways, but also with “Got it!”, “here it comes”, “Eureka”. It indicates a “aha moment” that we like to relate to when a raw piece of information gets to inform its interpreter, and becomes situated, so to say “living”, knowledge.

Topics of interest

  • Knowledge Artifacts Design and evaluation
  • Relationship btw Knowledge Management Technologies and IT Artifacts
  • Relationship btw Knowledge Management and Collaborative-oriented Technologies
  • Socio-Technical System Theory and Design
  • Models, Theories and Methodologies of Knowledge, Collaboration and Learning
  • Knowledge and Data Visualization
  • Knowledge Artifacts and Collaboration at the firm level in clusters and supply chains
  • Learning Technologies
  • Business models enabled by Knowledge Artifacts
  • Pragmatic Web
  • Semiotic Engineering

In particular, we are looking for
Contributions from a potentially vast and inter-disciplinary community of scholars interested in this topic, and especially for either full-research or work-in-progress contributions that could report on experiences of either design of a KA, or of its use in the field. 
The most appreciated efforts of the contribution would lie in describing the main assumptions related to the nature of the knowledge that the KA at hand are intended to manage or support; in characterizing the main objectives and goals that motivate the KA designers and users; and in extracting both the implications for design and lessons learnt from experience with KA that could fit the interest of a multi-disciplinary community of scholars (across the fields of CSCL, CSCW, IR, KR, to mention a few) that we aim to coalesce with this first workshop. 
In the hope of the organizers, this workshop will set the practice-based foundations to develop a common ground and language by which the "Knowledge Artifact" construct can become useful both to inform the design and to evaluate the impact of knowledge-oriented technologies in the communities of practice that adopt them and adapt them to their ever-evolving bodies of knowledge. 


Important dates 
Paper submission: September 9, 2015
Author Notification: September 18, 2015
Camera-ready and registration: September 25, 2015

Author Guidelines
Full papers should be 8 pages long, including references, tables, graphs, images and appendices. Work-in-progress should be 4 pages long,  including references, tables, graphs, images and appendices. Submissions with less than 4 pages or more than 13 pages will be automatically rejected. Guidelines and templates available in the main conference Web site (http://www.kmis.ic3k.org/GuidelinesTemplates.aspx).
All accepted papers will be published in the main conference proceedings by SCITEPRESS under an ISBN reference and will be submitted for indexation by Thomson Reuters Conference Proceedings Citation Index (ISI), DBLP and Scopus.

Selected papers in line with the quality standards of EJIS (European Journal of Information Systems) will be taken into consideration for a fast-track submission.

Program Committee
Jørgen P. Bansler - University of Copenhagen, DK
Merja Bauters - School of Arts, Design and Architecture Aalto University, Helsinki, FI
Peter Bednar - University of Portsmouth, UK
Pernille Bjorn - University of Copenhagen, DK
Andrea Carugati - Aarhus Business School, DK
Monica Chiarini Tremblay - Florida International University, Miami, FL
Gianluca Colombo - Siris Academic SL- Barcelona, E
Claudia D’Amato - Università di Bari, I
Anna De Liddo - KMi (Knowledge Media Institute), The Open University, in Milton Keynes, UK
Yeliz Eseryel - University of Groningen, NL
Daniela Fogli - Università degli Studi di Brescia, I
Anders Mørch - University of Oslo, NO
Katia Passerini - NJIT, New Jersey Institute of Technology, US
Antonio Piccinno - Università di Bari, I
Enrico Maria Piras - Fondazione Bruno Kessler - Trento, I
Christoph Richter - Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, Institute of Educational Science, D
Joan Rodon - Esade Business School, Barcellona, E
Carla Simone - Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca, I
Paolo Spagnoletti - LUISS Guido Carli University, Rome, I
Giuseppe Vizzari - Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca, I
Massimo Zancanaro - Fondazione Bruno Kessler - Trento, I


Workshop chairs
Federico Cabitza - Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca, Milano, Italy
Angela Locoro - Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca, Milano, Italy
Aurelio Ravarini - Università Carlo Cattaneo LIUC - Castellanza (VA), Italy

​For further inquiries, please contact the workshop chairs at

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KITA2015@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx ​
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Related readings

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