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Building the SSN framework

WP: 
3
Lead Beneficiary: 
Brunel/UPV
Objectives: 

O.3.1. Investigate state of the art social networking technologies, techniques and methodologies, in order to identify and select the most appropriate for KNOWNET.
O.3.2. Extract systems/other requirements from users needs and experiences
O.3.3 Design the detailed architecture (provisional and finalised) in order to meet the user’s needs
O.3.4 Integration (the build) and Testing of the System
O 3.5 Evaluate the integrated System
O.3.6 Develop the evaluation and measurement tool for assessing knowledge transfer.
O.3.7 Conduct data gathering on supplier experiences and knowledge learnt to complement on line logging/measurement tool.
O.3.8 Identify optimal data visualisation tools, exercises, applications for sharing, transferring and adopting new ideas.
O.3.9 Carry out a comprehensive revision of tools, applications, exercises, etc following the 1st trials.
O .3.10 Develop a training programme and training manuals in use and management of the SSN system.
O.3.11 Evaluate and measure knowledge sharing and adoption in parallel trials.
O.3.12 Analyse structural and cultural issues from the parallel trials in Spain and UK

Description of Work: 

T.3.1. During this task, appropriate technologies, techniques and methodologies will be investigated for their availability, usability and applicability to the KNOWNET project. The technical members of the consortium will perform an extensive research on their specific fields in order to identify useful existing technological standards and specifications. Where the need for advancement beyond the state of art has been identified, a survey of existing research projects and initiatives will be conducted in order to further expand project potential.
T.3.2. The exact requirements of users will be identified and classified. This will guide the technical partners at all levels of the KNOWNET implementation i.e from the design of the conceptual architecture to the final validation phase of the system.
T.3.3. During this task the basic entities and functions of the SSN system will be identified and described. The main purpose is to determine, specifically, the functional specifications or restrictions of the proposed SSN; the expected interaction of systems modules, the communications and security specifications, and the user interactions with the system. This task will
Identify hardware/software components explicitly and comprehensively (where relevant)
Provide a detailed design of the SSN (open and scalable architecture)
Provide a detailed description of the system services and interactions with the end users.
T.3.4 In this task, the technical architecture of the integrated platform will be clarified. An integration plan will be prepared in order to guide the consolidation of the different components of the system. In addition, a set of testing processes will be defined that may include:
• Testing of software components in order to ensure the function performance and interactivity
• Certifying that communications systems confirm to appropriate standards and perform effectively
• Verifying that the system is capable of performing under expected normal conditions and possible abnormal conditions.
T.3.5 System Integration, Verification and Refinement- This task will focus on the integration or build of the SSN - different components into one system. Work will ensure that the integrated system is compliant with all the technical and functional requirements. In addition the testing plan will be executed in order to verify the performance of the system against its function and non functional requirements. Once each test is performed, appropriate feedback will be produced in order to refine components in an iterative procedure.
T 3.6 System evaluation: Evaluation will take place via evaluation of the final version of the system- the platform itself – via its manageability, accessibility, authentication, activities etc. This will take the form of a pilot run prior to launch.
T3.7 A evaluation and measurement tool (incorporating quantitative and qualitative data collection) for assessing engagement, usage, satisfaction, knowledge transfer and learning will be developed. This will consist of both an off and on-line facility.
T. 3.8 Data gathering via interviews and surveys will be carried out on supplier experiences and knowledge learnt, and will be used to complement the on- line measuring tool.
T.3.9 A range of tools, processes and activities will be tested (iteratively) to identify the optimal for generating knowledge transfer and learning, and implemented into SSN system.
T.3.10. A training programme and training manuals in the use and management of the SSN system will be developed.
T.3.11 Evaluation and measurement of Knowledge transfer/exchange and structural/cultural issues to be identified following all parallel trials across Spain and the UK.
T.3.12 Finalise the SSN system.

Deliverables and Milestones: 

D 3.1 ‘State of the Art’ and requirements analysis report. A report detailing technological standards, commercial available solutions, best practices techniques and methodologies and research foundations that may be integrated to the proposed SSN framework. The report will also define the user requirements.
D.3.2 A detailed description of the SSN architecture and functional specifications.
D.3.3 Integration and testing plan(report)- a report on the integration and testing processes that will guide the consolidation of the different components (tools, applications, exercises) of the SSN
D.3.4 The integrated SSN system (incorporating components of the system -set of 3D tools, applications, activities etc). – Prototype and documentation of the final SSN system, including an outline for the implemented procedures for its technical testing and corresponding results.
D.3.5 Pilot and evaluation of the impact of the system.
D.3.6 Notification of launch to project participants via project website.
D3.7 Evaluation report – final evaluation report of the integrated SSN system
D3.8 Measuring tool (quantitative and qualitative) to evaluate SSN package to suppliers, and to ascertain at early stage whether knowledge has been transferred and adopted using simple exercises.
D3.9 Report evaluating the results relating to engagement with web based interactive tools and activities, the effects of virtual collaboration on different partners along the supply chain, the results of simple knowledge transfer activities and exercises.
D3.10 Report showing comparison between Spain and UK supply chains in relation to different components of the system, detailing supplier preferences, usage, engagement, KT results of exercises.
D3.11 A training programme and manual on SSN use and management
D3.12 SSN system is finalised
M.3. The integrated SSN system.

Seconded Fellows : 

ER 1– From Partner BU to RSA– Month 6 to 48
Expertise: Virtual learning; Building 3D virtual environments; Web based design, Software engineering
Tasks where involved: T.3.1-T3.12 (inclusive) (M.3)

ER2- From Partner UPV to RSA- months 5-9, 19-48
Expertise: SNA, knowledge networking, cross trial evaluation and cultural analysis.
Tasks where involved: T3.7- T3.12 (inclusive) (M3)

Risk Analysis: 

Technical Innovation required is beyond the capabilities of the partners involved: V Low. KNOWNET partners have been carefully chosen to minimise the possibility of this risk, as they have the full range of required skills. In addition they have strong collaborative ties with leading European companies, and external specialist support will be brought in if required.
Lack of interoperability between the different subsystems developed: V. Low. Any subsystem employed in the system must follow the reference architecture. This will ensure the interoperability between all the required components. The technical team will be in charge of supervising the building process of the KNOWNET system and ensure its correct functioning.
Project facing technology replacement issues: Low-med. IT develops at a phenomenal rate, and it is difficult to foresee its evolution. The project will engage in a continual technology watch effort until the end of the project

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