FITT Toolbox: Tools for External Collaboration


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FITT Toolbox: Tools for External Collaboration

  1. 1. Tools for External Collaboration FITT– Fostering Interregional Exchange in ICT Technology Transfer – www.FITT-for-Innovation.euExcept where otherwise noted, this work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.
  2. 2. Case study on Mobile Jungle web platform  Collaborative web platform as an implementation of national initiative on mobile services, focused on transfer (technology, knowledge, competencies, ideas)  The architecture of the platform is reusable; the initiative can be converted to other sectors and geographical locations (national/regional markets)  Case is mostly generic  Stakeholders: development engineers, TT and Communication officers  The case is related to FITT processes: “Communication & Collaboration” and “Network Management”2 | March 2011 Tools for External Collaboration
  3. 3. The Mobile Jungle concept Platform for networking and collaboration between various stakeholders of mobile services sector  Objective: to facilitate interaction between research – large companies – clusters – SMEs – entrepreneurs, boost innovation and leverage transfer projects  Mean: by creating and maintaining an online collaboration environment designed specially for the mobile services community3 | March 2011 Tools for External Collaboration
  4. 4. The context – Initiative on mobile services  Mobile Jungle is a part of the French national initiative on mobile services (“Initiative Services Mobiles”), which involves: - research institutes in ICT - ICT clusters and associations - large telecom groups - innovative SMEs - innovation agency supporting SMEs  One of the first of national initiatives launched to boost the innovation and transfer in the sector of strategic importance  Targets a fast-growing market with high potential  Similar initiatives will be launched in other sectors (high performance computing is the next to come)  In this perspective this initiative will be broadened from national to European market4 | March 2011 Tools for External Collaboration
  5. 5. The context - Initiative for mobile services  The objective is to stimulate the national ecosystem of mobile services through coordinated actions and to leverage the innovation capacity of its players  The main elements:  Mobile Jungle – platform for networking and collaboration for mobile services community  Data Publica – access to public data for software developers  SMEs programme – support for SMEs to enter or to expand on the mobile services market  Some other elements under development5 | March 2011 Tools for External Collaboration
  6. 6. Mobile Jungle – the origin  INRIA is coordinating the mobile services initiative  Mobile Jungle was the first implemented action  there was a need for a good starting point which will centralize people and ideas and will generate new projects in a longer term  the platform was designed by INRIA engineers with help of TT associates (labs-industry interface)  it aims to provide multiple but complementary facilities: - networking environment (online equivalent of professional trade fairs) - collaboration interface (discussions, ideas, uploads, wikis) - complete source of information about activities in the sector6 | March 2011 Tools for External Collaboration
  7. 7. Mobile Jungle – how does it work? groups blogs discussions COMMUNITY documents idea box sharing links to surveys wikis7 | March 2011 Tools for External Collaboration
  8. 8. Mobile Jungle – how does it work? The mapping of mobile services “jungle” - search directory sorted by: People Organisations Results Type Software Among community Applications members Market / application Patents Technology / Projects Filtered by user scientific domain name or type of Articles interest Geographical location Theses8 | March 2011 Tools for External Collaboration
  9. 9. Mobile Jungle – how does it work? Bunch of useful features: • calendar of events • calls for projects • tenders • job offers • press releases • Google map with mobile services organisations • advanced search engine • homepage with summary of recent community updates and events • chat and mailing through the interface • audio & video communication features will be added soon9 | March 2011 Tools for External Collaboration
  10. 10. Web 2.0 design10 | March 2011 Tools for External Collaboration
  11. 11. Implementation  Experimental method:  The conception and implementation were done in parallel  No specifications, only the clear objectives  The platform was first opened a year ago with only the basic functions and then tested in a continuous way, adding / deleting / modifying different elements  The present state is still not the final one – constant evolution  One moderator, in collaboration with TT officers and TT associates  Communication:  To attract users, one must start with networking  Possible starting points: - existing thematic events and networks established earlier on - existing clusters and professional associations11 | March 2011 Tools for External Collaboration
  12. 12. Main characteristics  Online work environment  Brings together collaborators from different organisations or distant locations  creates networking opportunities and centralises information related to the domain  Designed to support a national initiative to boost innovation in the sector  Focus on users/community needs  Heterogeneous users (also beyond the members of mobile services initiative)12 | March 2011 Tools for External Collaboration
  13. 13. Conclusions  The mobile Jungle platform is very recent and will be further developed, following the results of ongoing evaluations and tests  The feedback of users is one of key elements of continuous development  To keep the platform alive and attain the goals (synergies, leverage) is a hard task which needs continuous efforts  ~200 visitors per day, ~500 member accounts  Too early to say if the objectives are achieved; while it is possible to measure the information traffic, number of members and relations between them, it is not the case for monitoring the number of businesses resulting from that  Expanding to the European market and involving global players such as Nokia, Ericsson etc. may be a key issue for the future of the initiative13 | March 2011 Tools for External Collaboration