As mentioned in Chaps. 1 and 3, the Active Knowledge Modeling (AKM) technology was originally invented/discovered in industrial attempts to build digital “industrial war rooms,” around 1990, and through studies and discussions with leading scientists. The inventor recognized that core enterprise innovation is within the four inter-dependable core knowledge dimensions of any industrial enterprise. Holistic, multilayered knowledge models can be used to capture aspects of these dimensions. Holistic models create coherent knowledge representations that are logically consistent and have reflective views, recursive processes, repetitive working solutions, and replicable structures of metadata. These intrinsic properties of participative and active knowledge, called the 4R’s, give us powerful development, integration, management, and reuse capabilities.
In this chapter, we describe the main principles and parts of AKM and EKA.