The Open University’s (OU) Knowledge Media Institute (KMi) was set up in 1995 in recognition of the need to be at the forefront of research and development in areas that impacted on the OU’s very nature: Cognitive and Learning Sciences, Artificial Intelligence and Semantic Technologies, and Multimedia.
As one would expect, the KMi’s researchers, PhD students and staff work on high-level, data-intensive projects involving terabytes of database analysis andsemantic processingof web and language content.
Knowledge Media is about the processes of generating, understanding and sharing knowledge using several different media, as well as understanding how the use of different media shape these processes.
The KMi’s research is aligned with a number of broad strategic threads, including Future Internet, Knowledge Management, Multimedia and Information Systems, Narrative Hypermedia, New Media Systems, Semantic Web and Knowledge Services and Social Software.
The KMi is home to internationally recognised researchers in semantic technologies, new media systems, collaboration technologies, knowledge management, artificial intelligence, cognitive science, and human-computer interaction