Information Sharing and Tomorrow’s Knowledge Workers

Both public and private sectors are currently evaluating various information sharing capabilities based on Model Driven Architecture and the Semantic Web. The supply of knowledge workers for Model Driven Architecture is relatively high. Currently, the private sector reasonably satisfies demand for these capabilities. But knowledge workers for the Semantic Web are currently in short supply.

Capabilities based on Model Driven Architecture and the Semantic Web are an effective interim step toward information sharing. However, to better satisfy information sharing requirements, Model Driven Architecture and the Semantic Web must evolve to both a broader vision and a more formal specification for information sharing. This vision, embodied in the Logical Environment of the Information Flow Framework (IFF), implies that we abstract today’s approach to one where information is shared among languages, logics, models and theories, with emphasis on the multiplicity of each ! Formal specification implies smart machines and a smarter workforce, or knowledge workers.

Unfortunately, this sets a high barrier for tomorrow’s knowledge workers. Tomorrow’s knowledge workers will become experts in ontology, semiotics and formal concept analysis. Both Model Driven Architecture and the Semantic Web will benefit from a strong labor supply with knowledge workers in these areas. And both public and private sector interests should consider the relevance of knowledge workers to their annual workforce assessments.