The Azimuth Project
Ambjörn Naeve

I am the head of the Knowledge Management Research Group at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, the scientific director at Uppsala Learning Lab at Uppsala University, and a senior lecturer at the Department for Computer and Systems Science (DSV) at Stockholm University.

I have a background in mathematics, physics, and computer science from KTH, where I received my M.Sc in Mathematical Physics (Teknisk Fysik) in 1972 and my PhD in Computer Science in 1993. Between 1974 and 1976 I was traveling in Africa and India, and between 1976 and 1978 I was a visiting researcher at the School of Holography in San Francisco California. While working there, I discovered the Double Cylindrical Point Focus Principle, which provides a cheap and efficient way to concentrate clear sunlight – a discovery that has influenced many of my later activities.

During the last decade, I have become part of a large international network and published widely within the areas of Technology Enhanced Learning, Knowledge Management and Semantic Web. A selection of these publications are available here. Through this network the KMR group has become involved in a number of successful European research projects, which have served as the main source of funding for our activities.

I am presently the editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Technology Enhanced Learning and the International Journal of Social and Humanistic Computing, and I am co-chair of the World Summit on the Knowledge Society.

The KMR group is driven by a desire to create new and powerful ways to structure and communicate information in order to support its exformation into knowledge and transmutation into understanding.

Within the field of knowledge management, the KMR-group specializes in methods and tools for ad-hoc collaboration and disagreement management, based on innovative and powerful ways to handle descriptional data (so called metadata). During the last decade the KMR-group has based its descriptional work on the graph-based view on metadata (provided by RDF) that has become an important part of the linked data movement.

The work of the KMR group has resulted in a number of infrastructures, architectures, frameworks and tools that can contribute towards the creation of a Public Knowledge and Learning Management Environment (PKLME), which enables a public discourse that aims to enhance the learning of all participants. The flagship tools of the KMR group are the electronic portfolio system Confolio and the concept browser Conzilla, which are both based on the frameworks SCAM (Standardized Contextualized Access to Metadatda) and SHAME (Standardized Hyper-Adaptable Metadata Editor) developed by the group. All software from the KMR group is licensed as Open Source, and it is based on Semantic Web technology.

The KMR group is presently involved in the ongoing EU projects ROLE (which deals with configuring and supporting personalized learning environments), H-net (which makes use of the Confolio system to support personalized competency development for hematology doctors), and TEL-Map (which is concerned with future-gazing and awareness building for Technology Enhanced Learning in Europe and beyond).

The KMR group was also involved in the finished EU projects PROLEARN (which was a network of excellence for PROfessional LEARNing), LUISA (which created a “semantically connected network” of learning resource repositories), and Organic.Edunet (which created a European network of content repositories for education on organic agriculture, based on the Confolio system).

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