Networks of Regional Innovation: The case of the Atlantic Region Policy Forum,
15th November 2012 – Oxford Internet Institute
Special Jury Award
The Oxford Internet Institute at the University of Oxford, as part of KNetworks project, organized an online competition to identify the innovative activities with high outreach that have been carried out by organizations within the Atlantic Region (transnational cooperation between Ireland, Spain, France, Portugal and the United Kingdom).
This competition was aimed at academics, practitioners and stakeholders focused on knowledge transfer, tourism, and e-government collaboration with particular links to the Atlantic Area (Ireland, Spain, France, Portugal, United Kingdom).
The Platforms for Networked Innovation Competition is funded by the “Atlantic Area Transnational Programme” in cooperation with the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
The winners platforms of this competition are:
• 1st place: SSMS+ (Social Media Surgery + – software for social media surgery network)
SMS+ is software designed to enable people to organise and monitor ‘social media surgeries’. A network that fosters civic conversation and develops on-line skills. It enables users to set up meetings, advertise them, inform and track their networks, and monitor quantitatively and qualitatively what exactly happens at them. It provides reports and records simply and effectively. It is free to use for community groups and active citizens, but can be re-engineered for specific purposes in organisations that pay for it. It enables people to share knowledge and connect with each other.
• 2nd place. Bentham Papers Transcription Initiative.
Transcribe Bentham, launched in September 2010, is a pioneering and award-winning crowdsourced manuscript transcription project, which has done a great deal to promote engagement between academics and non-academics. The project makes available digital images of University College London’s vast Bentham Papers collection, and recruits online volunteers to transcribe the material and encode their work in Text-Encoding Initiative-compliant XML. Since its launch, volunteers have transcribed over 4,500 complex manuscripts, or an estimate 2.2 million words. Volunteer-produced transcripts (a) will feed into the production of the new scholarly edition of The Collected Works of Jeremy Bentham, being produced by UCL’s Bentham Project; and (b) will be uploaded to UCL’s digital Bentham Papers repository, thereby making available to all a collection of unparalleled historical and philosophical importance, and ensuring its long-term preservation and sustainability.
• 3rd. joint place: TKNIKA INNOVA (Regioanl Innovation Management Model)
Innovation Management. Vocational Education and Training and further education: One of the main problems facing VET colleges and further education institutions is the gap that elapses between a new technology or innovation is discovered at a university, at a research centre or even at a company, and arrives to the ducational system is too long. TKNIKAINNOVA, the Innovation Management Model, allows educational institutions and also SMEs to develop innovation projects in Technology, Teachers´training, ICT and e-learning or Management. The processes the model is based on, are the following: 1º.- Capture of ideas through a transversal following up system at regional, national and international levels 2º.- Preparation of pre-projects that can be evaluated as innovative and then offered to the colleges to be developed. 3º.- Development of the Project. Selected teachers working half time with TKNIKA, half time at their colleges 4º.- Transfer of the results to the rest of the teachers and colleges of the system 5º.- Evaluation of results of the transference. This model also allows to develop a culture of innovation for the whole staff of TKNIKA and for all the trainers of VET colleges and further education in the Basque Country.
• 3rd. joint place: Skeltrack (The Free Software skeleton tracking library).
Devices like the Microsoft Kinect introduced new ways of interacting with technology. This device gives information about depth, i.e. the proximity of objects to the camera. Using skeleton tracking software on top of this information, it is possible to infer what and where are a human skeleton’s joints. This knowledge open a number of possibilities that will be more and more a part of our lives, influencing how we can interact with objects in our environment This entry introduces Skeltrack, the world’s first Open Source library for skeleton tracking. By being open and compatible with commercial use, Skeltrack opens many possibilities to both independent developers and companies. This entry’s summary explains the problem Skeltrack solves, the advantages it gives, the reception it had since its release and the good prospects it has for the future.
The jury consisted of Dr. Lucy Power, Prof. Jose Tribolet, and PhD Student Tim Davies.
(This is a cross-post previously published here).