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Title KALIF
Knowledge and learning infrastructure
Aspect
Concept Practice Challenge
Synopsis The KALIF methodology has been developed for the purpose of creating mutual gain through knowledge sharing. The target groups are clearly defined organisational units, e.g. the start-ups, the marketing departments, or the research prjoects. 
    A KALIF application provides three sets of interdependent services to the community concerned: events, on-site services and on-line services. Events are facilitated (physical) meetings between KALIF community members, aiming at the creation of community spirit and the focused exchange of ideas. On-site services are visits of KALIF team members to the organisational units, including debriefing visits and consultancy sessions. The on-line services, such as theme-based electronic libraries, discussion faciilities, knowledge maps and electronic newsletters, complement the events and the on-site services. 
    Each of these KALIF services contributes to knowledge sharing by influencing cost-benefit trade-offs of community members concerning knowldge sharing and by decreasing the perceived risks of knowledge exchange.
    KALIF is a directly applicable, multidisciplinary and practical approach to the effective capture and distribution of best practices, lessons learned and other types of knowledge in complex, geographically dispersed environments. (Kelleher et al. 2001, pp.12,  28f., 32).
Reference The KALIF approach is illustrated with examples from a key application in an EC-supported research and development programme (Kelleher et al. 2001, pp. 36-67). 
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Descriptors D-KM  EP10          E06a
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