Ten years ago, at I-KNOW 2005, Andreas Schmidt presented the very first version of the knowledge maturing model was presented, aiming at integrating diverse perspectives on knowledge, at that time particularly technology-enhanced learning and knowledge management, then picking up the social media revolution, which challenged knowledge management research fundamentally. Since then, numerous cross-disciplinary research activities have contributed to the extension and refinement of the model, most notably as part of the MATURE project. At the heart is the insight that knowledge develops along distinct phases in which its characteristics and thus requirements for support change. It brings together different perspectives and provides a framework for analysis and design of interventions. It has served many different purposes and spread to other research groups.
At this year’s I-KNOW conference, Ronald Maier from University of Innsbruck and Andreas Schmidt were invited to organize a special track on Social Knowledge Management as a celebration of the ten years’ anniversary, with support from Christine Kunzmann from Pontydysgu. As a contribution to the track, a new perspective on the pattern development process as a knowledge maturing processwas presented that is based on the social learning approaches developed in the EmployID project. The track concluded with a look into the future and collecting remaining challenges for social knowledge management, many of which are already on the agenda in EmployID.