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Eberly College of Arts and Sciences


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Since its creation in 1989, ARNOVA has grown from a 2-day annual conference to a year-round functioning organization that is one of the major contributors to the third sector/civil society paradigm. Online knowledge management and infomatics are one of the major concerns. The concern here is with a few technical aspects of the role of the association in the production, dissemination and application of knowledge about the third sector the flow of scholarly documents generated by ARNOVA members primarily for the use of other members. The challenge today, as it has been in the past, is how to structure a knowledge management system to facilitate, rather than impede the production of normal science. The paper considers six components of a knowledge management system: open standards; peer-to-peer networks; a semantic web; cover-page semantics; resource description frameworks; and XML embedded documents.