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Hearn P, Bradier A, Jubert A

Building Communities: Organisational Knowledge Management within the European Commission´s Information Society Technologies Programme

Abstract: Under the IST Programme, the European Commission is attempting to build community around the subject of Knowledge Management Made in Europe. In the past four years almost 40 research and development, and take-up projects have been launched which are tackling various pieces of the organisational knowledge management puzzle. In addition, the cluster project known as the European Knowledge Management Forum is attempting to build a sustainable network of knowledge management theoreticians and practitioners who are interested in Europe´s journey into the knowledge economy, and what knowledge management methods and tools can contribute to this journey. The Forum is also attempting to support commonality in KM terminology, application and implementation in Europe. This paper gives an overview of the current work which has taken place under the IST Programme during Framework Programme V, and attempts to highlight some interesting research themes on the way to Framework Programme VI.

Keywords: knowledge management, research, development, take-up, standardisation, community

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Kilian, Axel

FABRICATION OF PARTIALLY DOUBLE-CURVED SURFACES OUT OF FLAT SHEET MATERIAL THROUGH A 3D PUZZLE APPROACH

Abstract: The topic of this paper is the connection of digital modeling with generative programming and rapid prototyping, to produce physical sketch surface models. The physical surface models are assembled out of developable strips connected through a puzzle-like detail. The use of programming as a design approach allows the generation of connection details that corresponds to the rules of flat sheet rapid prototyping techniques of laser cutting and water jet cutting. With numerically controlled cutting, there is no need to keep the joint detail related to manually achievable forms or to apply a standardized dimension. This paper demonstrates the possibilities of programming to generate cutting geometries that adapt to the local surface properties. The larger perspective of the research approach is the question of how to formulate and capture design intention through programming. What influence does the use of generative modeling in combination with rapid prototyping have on the design language of physical objects?

Keywords: fabrication, generative design

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