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Title: An event-driven language for cartographic modelling of knowledge in software development organisations
Authors: Micallef, Mark
Colombo, Christian
Keywords: Knowledge representation (Information theory)
Software engineering
Computer software -- Development
Modeling languages (Computer science)
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: University of Malta. Faculty of Information & Communication Technology
Citation: Micallef, M., & Colombo, C. (2011). An event-driven language for cartographic modelling of knowledge in software development organisations. (No. CS2011-02). Msida.
Abstract: With software engineering now being considered a fully-fledged knowledge industry in which the most valuable asset to an organisation is the knowledge held by its employees [BD08], high staff turnover rates are becoming increasingly worrying. If software engineering organisations are to maintain their competitive edge, they need to ensure that their intellectual capital continues to grow and is not lost as people move in and out of their employ. In this paper, the authors present work involving the formalisation of a language that enables organisations to create and analyse maps of their organisational knowledge. In a more elaborate version of the traditional yellow-pages approach utilised in the cartographic school of thought, the proposed language models various relationships between knowledge assets, uses an event-driven mechanism to determine who knows what within the organisation, and finally provides metrics for detecting three types of risk related to knowledge management in modern software engineering. A three month evaluation of the language is also outlined and results discussed.
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