Managing Knowledge: Nanotubes – A Case Study

E. Ajala and K. Ahmad (UK)


Knowledge management, special language, case-based reasoning, carbon nanotubes.


The conversion of implicit knowledge into explicit, and the sharing of explicit knowledge, is essential for managing knowledge in emergent subject domains. The promise and potential of Fullerene chemistry requires sharing of experimental know-how for creating stellar conditions for vaporizing carbon which is then allowed to condense, producing so-called carbon nanotubes. This is an emerging subject and it is perhaps important to systematically, yet unobtrusively, store the results of reported experiments. This will enable the emergent community to share knowledge using historical knowledge, or past cases, and to compare and contrast new experiments for producing carbon nanotubes with those already reported. We report on a prototype case based reasoning system for sharing knowledge.

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