The 20th International Conference on Knowledge Engineering and Knowledge Management is concerned with the impact of time and space on the representation of knowledge. Knowledge engineering has mostly been about creating static, universal representations. Yet the world is rarely static: everything changes, including the models, and real world systems need to evolve along with the surrounding world. Also, what makes some representations valid in some contexts may make them invalid elsewhere (e.g., jurisdiction for laws).
The special focus of this year's EKAW is "evolving knowledge", which concerns all aspects of the management and acquisition of knowledge representations of evolving, contextual, and local models. This includes change management, trend detection, model evolution, streaming data and stream reasoning, event processing, time-and space dependent models, contextual and local knowledge representations, etc.
EKAW 2016 will put a special emphasis on the evolvability and localization of knowledge and the correct usage of these limits.