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Tooling of and training for collaborative, distributed product innovation

Project description

Digital libraries and technology-enhanced learning

Industries increasingly rely on innovative design. Innovative design is characterised by an intense, collaborative process of generating and exploring ideas meant to contribute to the solution of particular problems. Innovators go through cycles of divergence, in which new ideas are generated and explored, and convergence, in which new ideas are valued and detailed. These cycles rely on knowledge elicitation (formal learning) and knowledge sharing (informal learning). Innovators also need appropriate tools to generate ideas, reuse them, take them apart, criticise them, or even reject them. Currently, innovation processes use a large variety of tools, relatively independent of each other, with little or no regard for past efforts, with little or no attention to the context in which ideas arose.

The idSpace project addressed this issue by researching solutions that allow designers of innovative products to collaborate with each other, but most importantly to elaborate ideas and designs that have emerged earlier on, in previously held sessions with their own group or even in other groups. This is achieved through a dedicated platform which facilitates collaboration and, what is more, in which ideas are stored, reused and reworked - thus allowing to learn from them and tell about them.

The idSpace platform features an integrative toolset that allows a distributed team of innovators to create new ideas, to contribute to and preserve existing ideas, and to learn about and from them. It employs techniques for exploring new ideas (e.g. mind mapping in story writing and brainstorming) and for refinement of ideas (e.g. morphological analysis). The project developed tools to support traceability among stories, mind maps, concept maps, goals, as well as company values and policies. The platform further exhibits extensible, informal, pluggable pedagogical approaches, which drive specific uses of the toolset; and instantiates a flexible, context aware web-based platform, forming the substrate for communities of practice to grow and thrive.

The development of the idSpace environment was carried out in three phases: During the first year, the state of the art in informal learning, creativity techniques, and context awareness was researched, with a particular focus on distributed, collaborative product design. In parallel with this, experts were called upon to articulate their functional requirements. All information gathered as well as theoretical insights on adequate pedagogies, on idea generation and transformation and on the constraining effects of context were translated into functional design requirements for the idSpace platform.. The second phase was dedicated to the integration of the technical and functional requirements and their incorporation in the first fully functional prototype (built on the Liferay portal environment). The prototype was evaluated in several user-centric pilots. In the final stage, the platform was built and evaluated, paying attention to aspects such as informal learning, idea generation and context awareness. The results of the evaluation were used to create an updated and final prototype. The openness of the platform and code allows for future developments and adaptation.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/production economics

Call for proposal

FP7-ICT-2007-1
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Funding Scheme

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

Coordinator

OPEN UNIVERSITEIT NEDERLAND
Address
Valkenburgerweg 177
6419 AT Heerlen
Netherlands
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 391 262
Administrative Contact
Jos Van den Broek (Mr)

Participants (9)

SPACE APPLICATIONS SERVICES NV
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 153 239
Address
Leuvensesteenweg 325
1932 Zaventem
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Richard Aked (Mr)
UNIVERSITY OF CYPRUS
Cyprus
EU contribution
€ 242 880
Address
Kallipoleos Street 75
1678 Nicosia
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Rozita Pavlidou (Ms)
STIFTUNG UNIVERSITAT HILDESHEIM
Germany
EU contribution
€ 170 721
Address
Universitatsplatz 1
31141 Hildesheim
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Klaus Schmid (Prof)
LANDESINITIATIVE NEUE KOMMUNIKATIONSWEGE MECKLENBURG-VORPOMMERN E.V.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 119 196
Address
Friedrich Barnewitz Strasse 3
18119 Rostock
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
MARTIN HAGEMANN (Mr)
AALBORG UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 262 856
Address
Fredrik Bajers Vej 7K
9220 Aalborg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Hanne Frøde (Ms)
EXTRIM MINTIA SOLOUSIONS ETAIREIA PLIROFORIKIS KAI TILEPIKOINONION ETAIREIA PERIORISMENIS EFTHINIS

Participation ended

Greece
EU contribution
€ 68 927
Address
Kleisthenous 267
15344 Gerakas
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
VERONICA SAMARA (DR.)
UNIVERSITY OF PIRAEUS RESEARCH CENTER
Greece
EU contribution
€ 156 640
Address
Gr. Lampraki 122
185 32 Piraeus
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
LAMBROS LAIOS (PROF)
Morpheus Kennistechnologie BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Fluweelmos
3994 KS Houten
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Gabriel Hopmans (Mr)
MORPHEUS SOFTWARE VOF

Participation ended

Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 225 818
Address
Oxfordlaan 70
6229 EV Maastricht
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Gabriel Hopmans (Mr)