The KSI was founded at the
University of Calgary in 1985 with a
to study all aspects of the knowledge economy.
The KSI has a wide range of multi-disciplinary theoretical and practical
research activities. For example, it:
- tracks social and economic trends involving information technology
- develops operational models of knowledge processes in society
- innovates in knowledge acquisition, representation and dissemination
- organizes scientific meetings concerned with knowledge processes
- collaborates with other research organizations concerned with knowledge
Tracking Changes in the KSI Archives
The KSI maintains a number of web sites for various activities and organizations.
Changes to the KSI archives are monitored though
Lee Chen's Chrono
program that produces a reverse chronological index of changes to the KSI
Many recent KSI publications can be found in its archives available for ftp at
in Microsoft RTF format, and
in Adobe PostScript format.
file of abstracts is available and will shortly be supplemented with web
versions of the abstracts and, in the longer term, with web versions of many of
The initial list of
web publications is now available.
The International Journal of Human-Computer Studies (IJHCS) was founded
in 1968 (under the name International Journal of Man-Machine Studies).
In 1989 it spun off a sister journal, Knowledge Acquisition, which is
being reincorporated into IJHCS in 1995.
IJHCS is published monthly and now publishes some 2700 pages a year.
Knowledge Acquisition Workshops (
is an international network of researchers concerned with methodologies, tools
and techniques for knowledge acquisition. It runs annual one-week workshops in
North America, Europe and Japan/Australia.
was held at the Banff Centre, Banff, Canada, February 26-March 3, 1995.
Personal Construct Psychology
is a system of psychology developed by George Kelly in the early 1950s that has
wide application in modeling human knowledge processes.
The KSI studies and supports scholarly communities using digital documents,
CD-ROMs and the Internet to support their knowledge processes. A list of
resources is maintained and a
and experience tutorial is also available.
An example of a system to support collaborative development of conceptual
models of a domain is
a system for eliciting, modeling and comparing personal construct systems.
Manufacturing Systems research program promotes international collaboration
on pre-competitive research on advanced manufacturing systems.
is an international research consortium developing concepts, methodologies,
technologies, and tools for the implementation of new manufacturing paradigms.
Major technologies investigated include configuration management systems
supporting the reuse of engineering and manufacturing knowledge in routine
design and configurable production systems achieving dynamic product-specific
manufacturing in flexible production systems.
research program is a joint venture between the Knowledge Science Institute
and the Division of Manufacturing Engineering to develop an agent-based, open
architecture information and knowledge management system designed to provide a
flexible technology to support the management of complex manufacturing
activities throughout the product life cycle.
project is a network of research and application groups across Canada concerned
with the development and application of collaboration and simulation technology
for learning. RITE/LINCS supports Canada's transformation into a learning
society through a network for research and development on technology-based
lifelong learning. RITE/LINCS participants include a wide range of
industries, universities and government agencies with interests ranging from
high-technology skills training to enhanced cultural understanding.
The Hon. Jon Gerrard P.C., MP, Secretary of State for Science, Research and
Development, held a federal Science and Technology Review meeting at the
University of Calgary on 20th July 1994. The
attendees and a summary of the conclusions are available. The slides for
the KSI presentation on
Cross-disciplinary University-Industry Research are also available.
of Calgarygaines@cpsc.ucalgary.ca 4-Oct-95