Intermediary Design for Collaborative Ontology-Based Innovation Monitoring

Intermediary Design for Collaborative Ontology-Based Innovation Monitoring

Jan Zibuschka (Fraunhofer IAO, Germany), Uwe Laufs (Fraunhofer IAO, Germany) and Wolf Engelbach (Fraunhofer IAO, Germany)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-3886-0.ch017
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This chapter presents the architecture of an intermediary platform for networked open innovation management, as well as a surrounding sustainable business ecosystem. The instantiation presented here is tailored towards SMEs, both as stakeholders in the platform and as contributors in the modular ecosystem. It enables SMEs to work together in creating innovative products, increasing both reach and agility of their innovation processes. The chapter also describes to some detail the technical realization of the system, including the representation and automatic acquisition of relevant information. Selected business aspects are also addressed. It specifically focuses on the role of ontologies and how they contribute to the overall business value of the system.
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Intermediary Design

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While existing approaches focus either on the participating SMEs, and supporting communications between them, capturing the knowledge of the non-executive workers, or capturing the users’ knowledge, business perspectives on integrated platforms for innovation management are few, far in between, and often not satisfactory documented from a scientific perspective. We present in this work an approach integrating a wider set of stakeholders in the Open Innovation process, tools for innovation management, and underlying technologies. We document it by presenting a reference architecture for an innovation management intermediary integrating a comprehensive set of components, and demonstrate overall viability and fit of the components in a wider business platform supporting innovation management in SMEs. We specifically focus on the contributions of ontologies in creating business value as basis technology for the platform and by enabling integration within the ecosystem.

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