||University of Sheffield (Shef),Centre for Research and Technology (CERTH),CognIT a.s (CognIT), Instituto Trentino Di Cultura (ITC-Irst),Universitaet Koblenz-Landau (KOB),Laboratoire Bordelais Recherche en Informatique (Labri),Ontoprise GmbH Intelligente Losungen fur das Wissensmanagement (Ontoprise),Open University (OU),Quinary Spa (Quinary), Rolls Royce plc (RR), University of Freiburg (UFrei), Universitat Karlsruhe (UKarl), Faculty of Computer and Information Science, University of Ljubljana (UL), Centro Ricerche Fiat, Societa Consortile per Aziori (C.R.F.- Fiat),Solcara Limited (Solcara)
||X-Media addresses the issue of knowledge management in complex distributed environments. It will study,develop and implement large scale methodologies and techniques for knowledge management able to support sharing and reuse of knowledge that is distributed in different media (images, documents and data) and repositories (data bases, knowledge bases, document repositories, etc.) or that is inaccessible for current systems, which cannot capture the knowledge implicit across media. All the developed methodologies aim at seamlessly integrating with current work practices. Usability will be a major concern together with ease of customisation for new applications. Technologies will be able to support knowledge workers in an effective way, (i) hiding the complexity of the underlying search/retrieval process, (ii) resulting in a natural access to knowledge, (iii) allowing interoperability between heterogeneous information resources and (iv) including heterogeneity of data type (data, image, texts). The expected impact on organizations is to dramatically improve access to, sharing of and use of information by humans as well as by and between machines. Expected benefits are a dramatic reduction of management costs and increasing feasibility of complex knowledge management tasks.