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Effects of an ontology display with history representation on organizational memory information systems

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Ontologies, as a possible element of organizational memory information systems, appear to support organizational learning. Ontology tools can be used to share knowledge among the members of an organization. However, current ontology-viewing user interfaces of ontology tools do not fully support organizational learning, because most of them lack proper history representation in their display. In this study, a conceptual model was developed that emphasized the role of ontology in the organizational learning cycle and explored the integration of history representation in the ontology display. Based on the experimental results from a split-plot design with 30 participants, two conclusions were derived: first, appropriately selected history representations in the ontology display help users to identify changes in the ontologies; and second, compatibility between types of ontology display and history representation is more important than ontology display and history representation in themselves.
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Keywords: Change recognition; History representation; Ontology display interface; Organizational learning; Organizational memory information systems

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: School of Industrial Engineering, Purdue University, 315N. Grant Street, West Lafayette, IN, 47907-2023, USA 2: Department of Industrial Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing, 100084, Peoples Republic of China

Publication date: June 1, 2005

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