Description of work
· The participants of the NoE provide a global cartography of issues related to the architecture, design and architecture of future networks. This cartography, made available through the Knowledge Map tool (http://omega.enstb.org/eurongi/) covers the worldwide effort and not only the activities within the NoE.
· A document can be uploaded in several formats: text-based, LaTex, MS Office or Open Office documents are converted in html, in order to provide a comfortable browsing experience. Acrobat PDF documents can also be uploaded, which allows for quick interactions.
· Several access methods are currently implemented:
1. hierarchical access: documents are hierarchically structured as part of a tree at the top of which one finds the fundamental Euro-NF research areas. The nodes of the tree relate to specific topics and subtopics. This is the main access method.
2. keywords driven access: a limited subset of master keywords (e.g. wireless, routing, admission control,...) are defined beforehand and each author shall characterize his/her document by one or several such keywords. The reader can specify that he is interested in the documents that are characterised by a given set of master keywords. The hierarchical tree is then “thinned” and only the documents characterised by these key words are presented. The list of master keywords has to be regularly updated.
3. “guided tour” access. A “guided tour” is a specific type of document that proposes a selection of logically ordered documents located in various nodes of the cartography considered as a tree. It is well adapted e.g. to describe Summer School and PhD courses programs.
4. “search engine empowered” access. the reader submits some words and the system returns the documents that contain these words.
This initial KM (http://omega.enstb.org/eurongi/) will be continuously updated, implying a sustained survey of Euro-NF related ongoing research. IA 1.1 will maintain this Knowledge Roadmap continually, thus facilitating the coordination and orientation of research activities within the network. New features shall be added to the tool if deemed necessary by the network.
Within the KM, documents can have different objectives. Some may be associated with problem statement with links to parent, sibling and child problems, as well as to related documents including papers, RFCs, relevant Web sites, etc. Other pages are technical solutions (hopefully linked to identified problems). Yet others might be counter-examples raised with respect to proposed network architecture elements.
The KM will be used in particular to identify topics to be addressed in Tutorials, Workshops and Summer Schools organized to spread excellence.
Although highly dynamic, in order to be an operational tool of the network, at least part of the KM should be kept freely available to non-consortium members in order to communicate the advances obtained within the NoE.