By Hasan Kamoonpuri -
MUSCAT — A two-day International Conference on Knowledge Management and Resource Sharing begins today at Waljat College of Applied Sciences (WCAS) under the auspices of Dr Hilal bin Ali al Hinai, Secretary-General of the Research Council.
Over 100 papers will be presented at the conference on a variety of cutting-edge issues in the field of knowledge management and resource sharing. As many as 65 delegates from 15 countries are participating in the conference, Dr Mohan Varma, WCAS Dean, told reporters at a press conference here yesterday.
The main objective of the conference is to provide a platform for academia and managers in order to enhance understanding and develop co-operation as well as to provide a perfect opportunity to stay abreast of the latest developments in all possible fields, Dr Varma added.
The conference assumes special significance in view of the fact that in this age of information and knowledge explosion, new ways of managing and sharing knowledge are constantly evolving and everyone needs to know this.
Experts say Knowledge Management is the discipline of enabling individuals, teams and entire organisations to collectively and systematically share and apply knowledge, to better achieve their objectives.
Another expert says, Knowledge Management is the cultivation of an environment within which people are willing to share, learn and collaborate together leading to improvement.
This involves the capabilities by which people within an organisation capture the knowledge that is critical to them, constantly improve it and make it available in the most effective manner to those who need it, so that they can exploit it innovatively to add value as a normal part of their work.
Dr S D Khan, Chief WCAS Librarian and conference secretary, says WCAS is actively engaged in providing strong linkages and a common forum to academicians, marketers, managers, library professionals, researchers and practitioners working on different aspects of Information Technology (IT) and Knowledge Management.
“We are certain that this opportunity would be one of its kind for the exposure to international standards, interaction with not only delegates but luminaries in different fields from the world over as well as first hand corporate interaction and sharing of ideas would be a much sought after and truly enriching experience”, Dr Varma said.
The conference will have two keynote speeches, including Dr Lee Chu Keong, Professor, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Singapore, and Prof John D Haynes, College of Economics, Management and Information systems, University of Nizwa.
In addition, there will be several major presentations on knowledge Management and Resource Sharing by experts from leading universities. At the end of the event awards for best papers will be announced.