The biennial PAKM Conference Series offers a communication platform and meeting ground for practitioners and researchers involved in developing and deploying advanced business solutions for the management of knowledge in organizations. PAKM is a forum for people to share their views, exchange ideas, develop new insights, and envision completely new kinds of knowledge management solutions.
PAKM 2006, the Sixth International Conference on Practical Aspects of Knowledge Management, was held again in Vienna. It was a milestone for two reasons: First, it marked an anniversary – 10 years of PAKM conferences. The first conference was held in Basel, Switzerland, in 1996, followed by the conferences in 1998 and 2000, in Basel as well. After that PAKM moved to Vienna where it was held in 2002, 2004, and 2006.
Secondly, from now on PAKM will be “on tour”: It will be organized by different people and be hosted at different places all over the world. The PAKM Steering Committee will be responsible for selecting the conference chairs and the conference locations. The Steering Committee will also be responsible for the direction the PAKM conferences will take and will ensure their continuing high quality.
For this year’s conference we received 123 submissions from 30 countries. Based on the reviews by the members of the Program Committee and the additional reviewers, 29 papers were selected. They cover a great variety of approaches to knowledge management, which tackle the topic from many different angles. It is this very diversity that makes PAKM unique, while at the same time focussing on the one issue of managing knowledge within organizations.
Many people were involved in setting up PAKM 2006. We would like to express our warm thanks to everybody who contributed to making it a success. First of all, this includes all the authors who submitted a paper to the review process, the members of the Program Committee and the additional reviewers who made such an effort to select the best papers and to ensure a high-quality program. Our thanks also go to Xiulian Benesch, who was responsible for all the organizational work and the University of Vienna for providing an excellent environment for the conference.