The critical importance of Knowledge Management, Collaboration and Information Systems to social and economic development is steadily becoming acknowledged by wider Asian academic and business circles. Asia can be referred to as the cradle of civilization, where many of the most ancient languages first developed, where societies are inherently very close knit and 'collaboration' is a natural way of life. Yet, by western standards, communication, creative and critical thinking and knowledge exchange in modern Asia are just emerging.
Last August in Ayuttaya, Thailand 'KICCS' took place, the first Conference on Knowledge, Information and Creativity Support Systems in the country. Announced a few months earlier via international links