Web Tools for Knowledge Transfer
- Minimizes administrative costs of collaboration to match potential business partners
- Enhances profitably by raising awareness of funding available for collaboration between business and higher education
OCC designed a web-fronted database to help academics and businesses work more effectively together. It was developed to benefit business and academics as part for the Government's Business Support Programme.
Database brings together different players
A key part of the programme is to increase UK productivity by funding business support programmes for Technology and Innovation, Access to Finance and Best Business Practice, Regional investment. Support is included for R&D, and Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP).
Benefits to business
Knowledge Transfer Partnerships benefits British businesses and knowledge bases (universities, research institutions and colleges) by:
- assigning a KTP associate (a graduate) to work with a business for 1-3 years on an agreed project supervised by the knowledge base
- fresh research transferred into the business, increasing productivity and competitiveness.
- providing graduates with business experience which can lead to qualifications such as NVQ in management.
OCC designs web-fronted database
Dave Pippard, Technology Transfer & Innovation's Managing Director, asked OCC to become the company's IT partner for the KTP product. As Mr. Pippard explains,
"We needed a web-fronted database that could be accessed by academics, businesses, government stakeholders and the public. Authorised partners need to enter live data via the website, which passes through to a secure database for analysis and report generation. Automated emailing assigns tasks to associates, and tracked by all those involved in a specific project."
Automated processes added to system
The database synchronises with the master KTP database, thus, information is fresh and backed up. OCC's sister company, Oxford Internet Consultants (Oxinet) developed the web aspects of the system and automatic emailing. Oxinet hosts the system on their secure servers and continues to support it.
Dr. Reynold Greenlaw, at OCC advises:
"The project was completed before the 6 month's deadline. The project shows that technology can automate statistical calculations, sending emails, track tasks and generate reports."
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* The DTI (The Department of Trade and Industry) is now part of the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS).