Applied Research

Content  X  Management  X  Digital  X  Transformation

Gnostyx Research Inc.

Starting in 2010, Gnostyx Research has pursued a range of parallel research undertakings with the intent of better understanding each subject area while at the same time exploring the interrelations and interactions between them. The subject areas of interest include content technologies, management practices, governance and accountability, the digital transformation of content, management and organizations, and how all of these elements can be made to interact to achieve sustainable, and desirable, outcomes.

Modes of Operation

Gnostyx pursues its research goals using a variety of means. These include advisory engagements, technology innovation projects, academic research efforts, participation in industry consortia and events, and publishing endeavours.


Broad Experience

Gnostyx is grounded in decades of practical experience managing organizations, technologies, teams, knowledge, investments, and innovations. This experience has been built up amid collaborations with customers and partners around the world.

Broad Knowledge

Gnostyx draws upon diverse knowledge disciplines including technology design, management practice, content management and publishing, and the study of literature, history, philosophy, and the social sciences as they bear upon the foregoing.

Broad Network

Gnostyx maintains active connections with leading technology providers, software developers, consultants, academics, standards bodies, and industry consortia, allowing it to draw upon the best knowledge & skills available in its domain.



Ability to gracefully adapt to new or changing demands


Ability to withstand shocks and build strength from adversity


Willingness to be clear with stakeholders and to adhere to all commitments made


Determination to minimize negative external impacts as well as internal waste


The drive towards maximizing the returns realized on investments of effort, time, knowledge, and hope


Ability to scale gracefully in the face of escalating demands

Gnostyx Activities

In support of its research agenda, Gnostyx embraces opportunities to help organizations:

  • Modernize publishing processes
  • Leverage content technologies
  • Implement content solutions
  • Optimize knowledge utilization
  • Improve information discovery
  • Enable digital services
  • Transform legacy practices
  • Guide technology acquisitions
  • Build inhouse capabilities
  • Synchronize with suppliers, partners & customers

Starting 2010, Gnostyx has been extracting lessons from numerous service engagements, some short and intense, and some that have run over many years. These projects include enabling numerous government online services, publishing interactive health information, feeding content to automated chatbots and voice assistants, introducing smart work instuctions into lean manufacturing processes, acquiring industrial-grade content management platforms for global enterprises, and articulating architectural frameworks for integrating semantic technologies into content solutions.

Complementary lessons have been drawn from concurrent academic ventures including tailoring an academic research instrument for use in operational contexts and publishing an academic study based on the experience, supporting a major university digital humanities project, developing a test data set for an international open information standard, and experimenting with a virtual community platform for management education and development.

Active Research

Highlighted below are some of the research projects that are currently underway. Some of these are being pursued as commercial engagements, some as academic collaborations, and some as publishing endeavours.

Content Technology

Content 4.0: A framework for understanding the different states at which content and content technologies can operate.

cXML: A proposed profile for the W3C Extensible Markup Language (XML) recommendation redressing known weaknesses to improve its suitability for encoding and processing content (the "c" in cXML).

OPA: Refine and promote a modelling technique (Object Process Actor - OPA) optimized for representing organizations, processes, and responsibilities.

Management Practice

Virtual Learning Communities: Experiments with virtual community platforms and text analytics software deployed to support management education.

Management and Content: A study of how the practice of management might be impacted by the digital technologies used to manage, share, and leverage content.

Management 4.0: An effort to understand how management is evolving in the face of the fourth industrial revolution (Industry 4.0).