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Intelligent modular open source Platform for intercultural and cross-domain SME Networks

Objective

Growing demand for development of products of higher quality and variety within an international environment characterized by fierce competition has put in particular SMEs in front of a number of significant challenges such as: how best to design and innovate, how to understand constantly shifting customer needs, how to produce the products that meet those needs within tight budget and time constraints.

Forming international networks through co-operation between companies (virtual organisations) of different engineering domains has become an important business strategy for SMEs to respond to these challenges. This brings about the prospect of ad hoc integration of systems across organisational boundaries to support collaborations that may last for a single transaction or evolve dynamically over many years. The dynamic character of the collaboration sets new requirements for scalability, responsiveness and adaptability that necessitate the on-demand creation and self-management of dynamically evolving virtual organisations spanning national and enterprise borders, where the participating entities (enterprises or individuals) pool resources, information and knowledge in order to achieve common objectives.

IMPORTNET will be a radical invention in the area of cross-enterprise interoperability between proprietary systems and cooperation across engineering domains through the ontology based sharing of knowledge. The project aims to promote breakthrough research and technological developments on "Providing an open-source environment and operative models for digital business ecosystems for SMEs". The development of an open source semantic integration framework aims to facilitate an affordable cross-organisational co-operation for SMEs and will operate in dynamically changing work environments. The framework forms the basis for an open and participatory environment that offers various applications to support the set-up of and work in networked organisations.

Funding Scheme

STREP - Specific Targeted Research Project

Coordinator

UNIVERSITAET KARLSRUHE (TH)
Address
Kaiserstrasse 12
76131 Karlsruhe
Germany

Participants (11)

ALKALMAZOTT LOGIKAI LABORATORIUM KUTATO FEJLESZTO SZOVETKEZET
Hungary
Address
Hankoczy Jeno Utca 7
1022 Budapest
CADCAM-DESIGN CENTAR D.O.O.
Croatia
Address
Matijasec 23
10000 Zagreb
FATMAN OY
Finland
Address
Kivivuorentie 4
01621 Vantaa
FLAME-TAO KNOWARE PRIVATE LIMITED
India
Address
2/544 Maitri 4Th St. Sriram Avenue, Natesan Colony
600041 Kottivakkam, Chennai
IPLON GMBH - THE INFRANET COMPANY
Germany
Address
Karl Kurz Strasse 36
74523 Schwaebisch Hall
PDTEC GMBH
Germany
Address
Albert-nestler Str. 10
76131 Karlsruhe
PROLON CONTROL SYSTEMS APS
Denmark
Address
Herstedvesterstraede 56
2620 Albertslund
SALZBURG RESEARCH FORSCHUNGSGESELLSCHAFT M.B.H.
Austria
Address
Jakob Haringer Strasse 5
5020 Salzburg
SIASUN ROBOT & AUTOMATION CO.,LTD.
China
Address
No. 16 Jinhui Street, Hunnan New District
110168 Shenyang
THE UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE
United Kingdom
Address
6 Kensington Terrace
NE1 7RU Newcastle Upon Tyne
TSINGHUA UNIVERSITY
China
Address
Qing Hua Yuan
Beijing