How to Create an Innovation Accelerator


  1. Identify new ways of publishing, evaluating and reporting scientific progress
  2. Promote ICT solutions to increase the awareness of new emerging trends
  3. Invent tools to enhance Europe’s innovation potential
  4. Develop new strategies to support a sustainable technological development
  5. Lay the foundations for new ways to reach societal benefits and respond to industrial needs using ICT


We consider ICT the privilege avenue to enhance society's productivity. Obviously, science does not escape from this broad remark. It is well-known that the current publications system is affected by some weakness and vulnerabilities very difficult to modify, and which are negatively impacting on the overall performance of the Social Science System.

So far, the possibilities of the Web-2.0 and the semantic web have not been sufficiently used in the organization of science and the evaluation of its results. Despite the availability of powerful databases of scientific publications, it is still difficult today to find relevant information in other scientific disciplines that use different terminologies. This poses serious obstacles to multi-disciplinary research. Moreover, the time between the submission of manuscripts and their publication in the socio-economic sciences tends to be pretty long (typically 2-3 years as compared to 6 months in some other areas). This may be improved by new publication concepts and community-based evaluation approaches. Allowing readers to comment electronically on recent publications may also foster scientific progress and convergence of theoretical approaches, as scientific debates would be supported on top of the slow rhythm of classical scientific interaction (publication of papers, international workshops, etc.).
Furthermore, it is still difficult to collect information about time-dependent, geographic, and social network aspects of scientific activity. As a consequence, it takes a relatively long time to identify novel scientific fields and emerging trends. Here, new ICT strategies, platforms, and algorithms are needed to explore scientific knowledge, data about scientific projects, and information about scientific publications, including download rates, user ratings, etc. It will be identified which new publication approaches, Web-2.0 services, and data sources can be used to accelerate scientific publication and exchange, and to give feedback regarding innovative approaches and emerging trends. Identifying new application potentials of available ICT solutions
and formulating future challenges, the pace of innovation and efficient scientific discussion shall be significantly accelerated. For this, the data mining capacities addressed in the project challenge "Crisis Forecasting " and the modeling capacities addressed in the project challenge "Systems Design" will be largely used.


Identification of leading Web-2.0-like science and innovation platform creators


WP-3: Recommendations report (white paper) regarding ICT-based strategies to accelerate innovation. Now available for download

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