Exploitation to get a big boost from new CORDIS service.
CORDIS is launching a new webservice devoted entirely to exploiting the technologies that result from European Union (EU) and other research. Called "Technology Marketplace", the new site will become a starting point for all types of organizations - commercial and public - who could benefit from the latest technology. A massive increase in the availability of information, dubbed the "information explosion" has led to the rapid expansion of CORDIS in recent years. This has meant that users looking for new products or service ideas have increasingly had to find their way through a maze of other research, technological development and demonstration (RTD) information to get to what they want. But this new service from CORDIS means that in future the exploitation of technology will be just one click away from the CORDIS Home Page. "Technology Marketplace" will gather together in one place all the CORDIS exploitation services. The site will contain sections aimed at different types of users as well as the main Results database searching facilities. These sections will be used to gather information and resources that are of practical use in the process of exploiting technology. From one site, it will be possible for users to find a technology relevant to their organization. They will then be able to conduct follow-up research and make direct contact with useful organizations, such as joint-venture partners, licensors, know-how providers, or technical facilities. "Technology Marketplace" is aimed at three types of user: - Commercial companies looking for new products and services; - Public or other organizations looking for the latest social and environmental technologies; - Scientists and researchers looking for models, tools, and ideas for further research. The service is designed to support all the programmes under the EC's Fifth Framework Programme (FP5) for RTD by enabling exploitation information to be gathered together in one place. "Technology Marketplace" also features a new multi-media format, "Technology Offers". This will present the most exciting and recent results of shared-cost research and development projects, which specifically invite enquiries for collaboration and exploitation. "Technology Offers" covers the following categories: - Biotechnology and Medicine; - Energy; - Environment; - Information Technology and Telecommunications; - Industrial. All the information on this webservice can be downloaded. Contact details and links to further information are also provided. Over the coming months, "Technology Marketplace" will launch a number of other features. These will include "hot links" that will connect to a wide range of technology exploitation sites on the Web. This will be a useful "jumping off" point for research into new products, patenting, and technology transfer around the world. CORDIS envisages that "Technology Marketplace" will soon include information on: - Opportunities now! - a search through databases of currently available technologies for new products and processes; - Hot links - the world of technology and innovation on the Web; - Success stories - winners in the risk game; - Tips and Traps - information on exploiting technology including free downloads; - Novices' nursery - a safe cyber play area for first timers with all "Euro-speak" explained; - Contractors' corner - what to do and how to do it if (for participants in EU research projects); - Professionals only - advanced tools, searches, information, private areas and the Technology Exchange - strictly for those "in the business". "Technology Marketplace" is intended to improve the service for the user, and CORDIS is inviting users to suggest services that they would like to see. In particular the "Hot Links" section will be built up over the coming months from users' suggestions to make up a collection of the best sites for exploitation of research and development from around the globe.