IP protection

Q1

Problem / need / knowledge gap

Note: Please concentrate on the specific result and on the problem/need/knowledge gap that the research result is responding to. How was it addressed before?
OrganiK combines social software applications and semantic technology in order to offer an innovative knowledge management solution for knowledge-intensive SMEs. OrganiK is founded upon a set of semantically-integrated social software tools and a well-tested and documented methodology for their application. It is developed through the OrganiK Project of the Research for the Benefit of SMEs Programme of the European Union.

SMEs are increasingly forced to operate in a highly competitive environment, while in parallel are constrained by their resource scarcity and they can not compete with large companies in terms of tangible resources, such as capital, labor, equipment and physical commodities. However, an intangible asset such as knowledge is an invaluable resource that can be utilised by small firms. Knowledge if properly harnessed by SMEs will enable them to stand out in the competition and outperform their rivals, thus maintaining a competitive edge. However, small knowledge-intensive companies seem to present specific peculiarities that inhibit the implementation of current formal and comprehensive knowledge management systems and methodologies:

•              lack of resources to acquire, implement and maintain complex knowledge management systems,

•              practice of informal person-to-person communication and ad hoc people-centric operations,

•              lack of budget for customized training and widespread educational programs.

 

Q2

Alternative applied solutions

Note: Please provide similar – alternative applied solutions to this problem/need/knowledge gap.
OrganiK differs substantially from current Knowledge Management solutions. Existing large and complex knowledge management systems are not only expensive to purchase and install, but also they require serious time and resources commitment on classification tasks and taxonomy design, system maintenance and functionality monitoring. Unalike larger companies, with available resources to be involved in KM initiatives, SMEs can not afford the extensive resources requirements of existing knowledge management systems and programs. Additionally, current knowledge management systems are not suitable for small knowledge-intensive firms, since SMEs rely heavily on person-to-person communication and people-centric operations. Present enterprise knowledge management systems place emphasis on predetermined workflows and rigid “information-push” to pre-recorded employees, since the majority of tools, techniques, and methodologies have been developed with large firms in mind. On the contrary, SMEs usually operate utilising informal, largely ad hoc day-to-day work practices, less formalization and standardization in their work. This informality within SMEs and on projects can also be viewed as a strong motivation for adoption of KM, since it will affect dissemination and transfer of experiences and relevant knowledge to future projects and organisational development.

OrganiK on the other hand, is an integrated open-architecture and extendible knowledge management system. OrganiK solution perfectly adapts to the actual work practices of European small software firms and will empower them to utilize the integrated and semantically-enabled enterprise social software capabilities, enhancing their innovation and problem solving competences through emerging knowledge structure support, creative knowledge exploration functions and organic embodiment of their business value chain. Thus, knowledge can be easily obtained, disseminated and will result in pragmatic and immediate increase in efficiency, higher profit margins and competitive advantage. OrganiK can enhance critical characteristics of small knowledge-intensive firms, such as self-emerging knowledge sharing structures and organic communications procedures, while providing with contextual awareness and intelligent information retrieval technologies, personalized and implicitly deduced recommendations.

 

 

 

Q3

Similar Patents

Note: Please provide (5) five Patents mostly related to your R&D result. Describe the most important issues that they are addressing
Not applicable

 

 

 

Q4

IPR protection of the R&D result

Note: Propose the method according to the scientific area of the result and the national, EU or global legislations. IPR can be protected as a patent, license, trademark etc.
The source created under the OrganiK project is open source and it is a property of its creators.

 

 

Q5

Procedures for IPR protection

Note: What are the steps that need to be taken in order to secure the IPR protection? What is the cost of IPR protection? Describe the process and costs in accordance to national or international rules if required.
OrganiK code can be developed further and be a property of its creators. No associated cost is foreseen.

 

Keywords quantitative assessment (1-5)

Please choose the appropriate:

Problem/need/knowledge gap : Potential Impact 1 2 3 4 5
Positioning with respect to alternative solutions 1 2 3 4 5
State-of-the-art/innovation 1 2 3 4 5
IPR-protection potential 1 2 3 4 5

 

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