Knowledge Networks: A Key Driver for Technological Advancement and Social Progress
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The production, preservation, and diffusion of knowledge have become a top priority for our rapidly developing and globalized society. This responsibility can be assigned and distributed among the various levels of society institutions with a hierarchical order. Support and access to knowledge pools and use of modern technology, IT applications, and social media/special interest groups for knowledge diffusion are of vital importance. Institutional establishment, leadership drivers, and society vision can lead to the development of strong foundations of knowledge pools and shape their future perspectives. The strong liaisons formed among scientific societies and member activities, the creation of databanks/databases, repositories, and live chatting/Q&A sessions are powerful options for sharing scientific information in a fast and effective way.
Peer-reviewed Journal and Conference publications remain always on the top of the transfer “vehicles” of sharing scientific information and knowledge and diffusing research results to the “knowledge shareholders.” The recently launched open access model brings a new momentum, opening broader channels of knowledge transmission. However, this challenging option requires funding options to be activated and resources to be invested in order to be broadly utilized and further strengthened.
In a rapidly evolving economy, the assurance of sustainability by utilizing and substantiating reliable scientific knowledge is mandatory. Health and environmental protection, rational use of energy and raw materials resources, recycling, quality, and innovation are very widely used terms in modern manufacturing. Academic education and R&D projects shared among academic communities and industry sector have oriented their strategies toward these requirements which constitute acute society needs.
Our roles, as scientific society members, researchers, and technology contributors and team/section leaders, should focus and prioritize the implementation, support, and access to knowledge networks and mentor and train people to become excellent and reliable users, transforming the opportunity into reality and leading society to a bright and challenging future.