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Special Track on
Knowledge IT Artifacts (KITA)
in professional communities and aggregations (KITA 2017)

November 28th – December 1st 2017
Tallinn University, Estonia


Aim and Scope

In its broadest meaning, a Knowledge Artifact (KA) is any artifact purposely built to enable and support knowledge-related activities. For this reason, KAs come in very different formats and types: a personal recipe notebook is a KA; a cooking manual is a KA; yet also a blog of amateur cookers can be considered a KA. The common themes regard affordances for real and deep appropriation, often cooperative practices of knowledge representation, recording, sharing and combination.

In the last ten years, the interest of researchers from diverse fields has increased towards the design of computational, interactive KAs (what we can denote as Knowledge IT Artifacts, or KITA) i.e., applications and software platforms that specifically support knowledge creation and sharing in cooperative domains [Cabitza & Locoro, 2014], like Health-Care, Products/Processes/Services Manufacturing, Education, and so on. In all of these research fields authors generally acknowledge the challenges to design for KITA that must be flexible enough to be adapted to the needs of single practitioners and teams, to enable learning and to support decision making. Examples of KAs that could be observed and discussed at the KITA special track are:

  • video-publishing platforms where clips show how to make home repairs and social comments complement this information; 
  • online self-diagnosis and medication wizards, also as smartphone app;
  • amateur blogs and fora where novices can ask experts for advices before buying electronic devices and components; 
  • wiki pages that are frequently maintained by a community of enthusiasts and give their members tutorials on how to set up arduino equipments or allow for the sharing of 3D printing models with comments and suggestions of the contributors. 
  • decision support systems that convey the most pertinent items from the knowledge bodies mentioned above according to the situation or the user requests, profiles and needs; 
  • on-line digital platforms enabling an aggregation of firms (a cluster, a supply chain) to share valuable knowledge in order to achieve specific strategic aims (such as internationalization, new product development, lean production);
  • online wiki encyclopedias and manuals that represent objectively, if not structuredly (e.g., ontologically) a body of specialist knowledge; 
  • multimedia learning software that integrates different content sources and interactive techniques to have users develop both intellectual and practical competencies on the basis of the knowledge embedded in the artifacts. 
  • websites to share 3d printing models or electronic boards specifications (eg: open hardware)
  • social media for virtual communities of practice.


Artifacts from the above classes can be all put on a broad spectrum of concrete applications and interactive systems. The most appreciated efforts of the contribution would lie in describing the main assumptions related to the nature of the knowledge that the KA at hand are intended to manage or support; in characterizing the main objectives and goals that motivate the KA designers and users; and in extracting both the implications for design and lessons learnt from experience with KA that could fit the interest of a multi-disciplinary community of scholars (across the fields of CSCL, CSCW, HCI, KR, to mention a few) that we aim to coalesce with this Special Track.

In the hope of the organizers, this track will set the practice-based foundations to develop a common ground and language by which the "Knowledge Artifact" construct can become useful both to inform the design and to evaluate the impact of knowledge-oriented technologies in the communities of practice that adopt them and adapt them to their ever-evolving bodies of knowledge. 



  • Knowledge Artifacts Design and evaluation
  • Metadata representations of Knowledge Artifacts
  • Metadata and Knowledge Artifacts in Health-Care
  • Metadata and Knowledge Artifacts in Education
  • Big-data and Knowledge Artifacts
  • Digital fabrication
  • Relationship btw Knowledge Management Technologies and IT Artifacts
  • Relationship btw Knowledge Management and Collaborative-oriented Technologies
  • Socio-Technical System Theory and Design
  • Models, Theories and Methodologies of Knowledge, Collaboration and Learning
  • Knowledge and Data Visualization
  • Knowledge Artifacts and Collaboration at the firm level in clusters and supply chains
  • Learning Technologies
  • Business models enabled by Knowledge Artifacts
  • Human-Data Interaction


Important Dates

  • 15th June 2017: Submission deadline for papers .New Paper submission deadline: July 10th, 2017
  • 15th July 2017 July 31 st , 2017: Notification of acceptance
  • 20th August 2017 August 27 th , 2017: Camera-ready papers due
  • November 28th –December 1st , 2017: Conference in Tallinn University, Tallinn (Estonia)


Paper Submissions

Interested authors can submit to

 The following types of presentation are invited:

  • Full papers (12 pages) reporting complete research
  • Short papers (6 pages) presenting ongoing or preliminary research
  • Posters (4 pages)

Papers should be original and not previously submitted to other Conferences or Journals. All submissions will be reviewed on the basis of relevance, originality, importance and clarity following a double-blind peer review process. Submissions associated by any MTSR member (e.g. Chairs and PC members of MTSR or any of its Tracks) will follow a double-blind peer review process by an independent review committee.


Submitted papers have to follow the LNCS proceedings formatting style and guidelines. Authors of accepted papers will be asked to register to the Conference and present their work in the form of either oral presentation or poster presentation. The Conference welcomes Workshops and Tutorial on any issues concerning the main themes of MTSR such as metadata, ontologies, semantic Web, knowledge management, software engineering and digital libraries.


Conference Proceedings

Proceedings will be published by Springer in Vol. 755 of the Communications in Computer and Information Science (CCIS) book series. CCIS is abstracted/indexed in Scopus, SCImago, EI-Compendex, Mathematical Reviews, DBLP, Google Scholar. CCIS volumes are also submitted for the inclusion in ISI Proceedings.


Other Publication Opportunities

Selected papers might be considered for a revised and extended version to be published in a range of international journals, including the International Journal of Metadata, Semantics and Ontologies (Inderscience)  and Program (Emerald).



There are two types of awards: the Best paper award and the Best student paper award, both sponsored by euroCRIS.

  • Best paper award: This award will be presented to the authors of the best full research paper submitted and presented to the conference.
  • Best student paper award: MTSR sponsors a paper competition to recognize excellence in a conference paper contribution whose primary author is a student (normally at a PhD or MRes level). The student is required to present the paper at the MTSR 2017 conference. Submissions are evaluated on their originality, scientific merits, structure, and clarity of composition.


Special Track Chairs

  • Fabio Sartori, University of Milano-Bicocca, ITALY
  • Angela Locoro, University of Milano-Bicocca, ITALY
  • Arlindo Flavio da Conceição, Federal University of São Paulo (UNIFESP), BRAZIL

For any other inquiry, contact track chair via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Program Committee

  • Federico Cabitza, University of Milano-Bicocca, ITALY
  • Luca Grazioli, ICteam SpA, ITALY
  • Riccardo Melen, University of Milano-Bicocca, ITALY
  • Aurelio Ravarini, Università Carlo Cattaneo - LIUC, Castellanza ITALY
  • Carla Simone, University of Siegen, GERMANY
  • Flávio Soares Corrêa da Silva, University of São Paulo, BRAZIL
  • Cecilia Zanni-Merk, Insa Rouen Normandie, FRANCE
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