Knowledge and learning infrastructure
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
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).
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).
also project info on KALIF.