iSchool Partnerships and Practices, Part 1 of 3
Collaborating with Industry: Best Practices & Lessons Learned
Data-Driven Innovation: Managing a Project Including Multiple Business Partners
University of Borås, Sweden
The proposal describes an ongoing research project called Data-Driven Innovation which comprises 14 researchers and 13 business partners. The project is characterized by partnership, collaboration, and interaction between the involved researchers and the business partners. The purpose of the project is to identify tools that can support the business partners in their efforts to exploit data in order to enhance service delivery and to create competitive advantage. The project is applying a socio-technical perspective in order to avoid a too one-sided technical focus. The proposal ends with presenting a number of challenges due to the increased complexity concerning the management of multiple business partners and researchers. The challenges are: maintaining the balance between competing interests, managing the problem of generalization, mutual learning, and ensure partnership throughout the project.
Title of submission: Innovation recognition as a knowledge management practice in an iSchool: an ongoing experience from Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC)
Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Spain
We present our experience of design and implementation of an internal system of recognition of innovation in our iSchool (Faculty of Computer Sciences,Multimedia and Telecommunication at UOC, Barcelona). The system retrieves innovations done by the faculty members, reviews them using a peer review approach, elicits innovation actions done every year and share them among faculty members. We discuss the impact of this experience as an internal initiative and practice of knowledge management in our academic department. We think this experience may be extended to our whole university or to other iSchools, with potential similar benefits we have tested in our iSchool.
Community and Industrial Partnerships for Improved Faculty Research and Student Experience in Biomedical Informatics
IUPUI, United States of America
The Department of BioHealth Informatics at IUPUI School of Informatics and Computing has successfully built strong collaborations and partnerships with local communities, research centers, and biomedical technology industries. The department drafted a 5-year strategic plan to foster the teamwork and practice, which benefit both faculty and students. The department also recruited members for the BHI industrial advisory boards with diverse backgrounds from local industries, which strengthen our programs to meet the industrial needs, promote faculty interactions with local communities, and increase student employment opportunities. BHI faculty have been successful to build new collaborative projects and secure joint grants. Students have enriched learning experience from professional oriented projects and internships with local companies. The practices can be easily extended to other informatics disciplines easily.