Knowledge re-use for decision support

Shaofeng Liu, Alex H.B. Duffy, Iain M. Boyle, Robert Ian Whitfield

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Effective decision support has already been identified as a fundamental requirement for the realisation of Network Enabled Capability. Decision making itself is a knowledge-intensive process, and it is known that right decisions can only be reached based on decision maker's good judgement, which in turn is based on sufficient knowledge. It is not unusual for decision makers to make incorrect decisions because of insufficient knowledge. However, it is not always possible for decision makers to have all the knowledge needed for making decisions in complex situations without external support. The re-use of knowledge has been identified as providing an important contribution to such support, and this paper considers one, hitherto unexplored, aspect of how this may be achieved. This paper is concerned with the computational view of knowledge re-use to establish an understanding of a knowledge-based system for decision support. The paper explores knowledge re-use for decision support from two perspectives: knowledge provider's and knowledge re-user's. Key issues and challenges of knowledge re-use are identified from both perspectives. A structural model for knowledge re-use is proposed with initial evaluation through empirical study of both experienced and novice decision maker's behaviour in reusing knowledge to make decisions. The proposed structural model for knowledge re-use captures five main elements (knowledge re-uers, knowledge types, knowledge sources, environment, and integration strategies) as well as the relationships between the elements, which forms a foundation for constructing a knowledge-based decision support system. The paper suggests that further research should be investigating the relationship between knowledge re-use and learning to achieve intelligent decision support.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2008
EventRealising Network Enabled Capability 2008 - Oulton Hall Hotel, Leeds, Leeds, United Kingdom
Duration: 13 Oct 200814 Oct 2008


ConferenceRealising Network Enabled Capability 2008
Abbreviated titleRNEC'08
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
OtherNetwork Enabled Capability (NEC) is at the heart of defence transformation for the UK and many other nations. Its realisation demands the armed forces work in new ways, and that government and industry adopt new approaches to the design, acquisition, and management of the systems that support military capability. This conference will focus on the systems engineering and ‘systems of systems engineering’ that is crucial to NEC success.
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  • knowledge-based decision support
  • knowledge re-use situations
  • knowledge re-use behaviour
  • knowledge re-use models
  • re-use and learning
  • design engineering


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