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Thesis Info

LABS ID
00064
Title
A Software-based Knowledge Management System using Narrative Texts
Author
Thomas Rudy McDaniel
2nd Author
3rd Author
Degree
Ph.D.
Year
2004
Number of Pages
269
University
University of Central Florida
Thesis Supervisor
Paul Dombrowski
Supervisor e-mail
Other Supervisor(s)
Dan Jones, Karla Kitalong
Language(s) of Thesis
English
Department / Discipline
English: Texts and Technology
Languages Familiar to Author
English
URL where full thesis can be found
www.english.ucf.edu/faculty/mcdaniel/temp/McDaniel_Thomas_R_200404_PhD.pdf
Keywords
story; narrative; knowledge management; artificial intelligence
Abstract: 200-400 words
This dissertation explores the field of knowledge management (KM), particularly its relationship to the related study of artificial intelligence (AI), and then recommends a KM software application based on the principles of narratology and narrative information exchange. The focus of knowledge is shifted from the reductive approach of data and information to a holistic approach of meaning and the way people make sense of complex events as experiences expressed in stories. Such an analysis requires a discussion of the evolution of intelligent systems and narrative theory as well as an examination of existing computerized and non-computerized storytelling systems. After a thorough discussion of these issues, an original software program that is used to collect, analyze, and distribute thematic stories within any hierarchical organization is modeled, exemplified, and explained in detail.