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OnLine Partnership Lens: A social browser for networked enterprise, Opal IST-2000-28295, Final Public Report

Funded under: FP5-IST


The Opal project addresses a significant knowledge management problem: human capital in those firms who need to find partners online, or in those organisations that have the need to configure multidisciplinary teams.
This problem is addressed through the design of the Opal concept and the development of the prove tool-kit that stores and manipulates profiles of partners’ competencies, compatibility and trust. This novel resource extends the concept of human capital beyond competence modelling and includes emotional and moral dimensions.
Tightly linked with the main objective of developing the Opal concept and associated tool-kit, the Opal project had both scientific and technological objectives:
- The scientific objectives are: elicit models of competence, compatibility and trust; design and implement a computer-based probe to capture and evaluate these and store them in a partner profile library; evaluate the probe’s effect on the speed and strength of teambuilding.
- The technological objectives are: to capture sets of attributes for partner profiles that represent three facets of partnership: competence, compatibility and confidence; to model these as data objects held in an extensible framework such as XML; to integrate the three facets into a flexible toolkit for modelling partnership; to design, implement and evaluate a ’partner retrieval’ system; to design and evaluate a visual interface for this; to provide a ranking mechanism for partnership.

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