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Knowledge Infrastructure Laboratory
Edwards (2010) defined knowledge infrastructures as “robust networks of people, artifacts, and institutions that generate, share, and maintain specific knowledge about the human and natural worlds.”


Knowledge infrastructures are not engineered systems designed to see a process from start to finish, rather they are complex, organic meshes, ecologies and interconnections between collected data, behaviour and knowledge exchange comprising many individuals, institutions and industry practices. Traditional examples might include academic conferences, the global positioning system or the evening news.

Today, the Knowledge Infrastructure Laboratory’s mission is to examine and build data pipelines for the new age of data in the form of software tools that can examine, extract and transport knowledge throughout these ecologies. Composed of two research groups - Bio and Language - both focus on improving knowledge discovery and decision-making in large, distributed open systems.

Since 2004, KIL has attracted more than $1.1M in funding with 2 ARC Linkage Grants, 4 ARC Discovery Grants, a UTS Research Excellence Grant in electronic markets, a UTS Challenge Grant on visualization of genes and a Cancer Institute NSW Innovations Grant concerning systems biology in personalized childhood medicine. They work with many external groups including:
BulletThe Children’s Hospital at Westmead
BulletUNSW
BulletThe University of Western Sydney
BulletMacquarie University
BulletIIIA (Spain)
BulletEC3
BulletQueen’s University (Canada)
BulletUniversité Paris 7
BulletMicrosoft Labs Cambridge
BulletAlcatel
BulletThe Leading Edge
BulletThe Institute of Analytic Professionals Australia