KTN's online platform helps you to make the connections you need

 

The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) has refreshed its online platform to intelligently connect you to relevant events, funding, thought pieces and specialist staff to help your business innovate and grow.

You can discover content using your area of interest, from Digital Creative to transport; from space to health – all major UK economic sectors are covered. Once you have selected your interests, using our intelligent tagging system, we will then display rich and relevant content related to your area, often from surprising sources.

An example might be new satellite technology from the space sector that is applicable in the agri-food sector. KTN-UK.co.uk will help you form these unusual and valuable connections.

All content on the platform has been carefully curated by our team of innovation specialists – not by an automated algorithm – so you can be confident that KTN is connecting you to the most relevant cutting-edge information.

 

The move also marks a closer alignment with our main funder, Innovate UK , with the website branding making a clear visual link. Knowledge Transfer Network is Innovate UK's innovation network partner, and also works with other funders to provide innovation networking services and fulfil our mission to drive UK growth.

We link new ideas and opportunities with expertise, markets and finance through our network of businesses, universities, funders and investors. From agri-food to autonomous systems and from energy to design, KTN combines expertise in all sectors with the ability to cross boundaries. Connecting with KTN can lead to potential partners, horizon-expanding events and innovation insights relevant to your needs.

Visit our people pages to connect directly with expertise in your sector.

Visit the KTN refreshed online platfom here

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Convergence or "Splinternet" ?

Thanks to Frank Boyd, The Creative Industries KTN Convergence Theme Champion, for this article.

 

For the past decade convergence has been the defining characteristic of the emerging digital media ecology and economy.  The internet, particularly the web, brought standards that meant that any screen, on any connection was capable of delivering pretty much the same media and the same services.

 

But while the platforms may have the same capabilities, it is increasingly clear that people use different devices for different purposes in different contexts. Technological convergence has brought with it increasingly divergent patterns of user behaviour.

 

Consumers are being offered a rapidly growing range of digital devices. Various proprietary gadgets are overtaking desktops as the most common way of accessing the web, and they offer significantly different experiences.  Some support flash, other don’t; some will adopt HTML5, others don’t plan for it. The content and services available on an Android phone or tablet differ from those on iOS.

 

As ever more mobiles, tablets, desktops, netbooks and IPTV devices appear on the market, the gaps between the content and services they offer will widen - as will users’ experience of them.

 

And that’s just the hardware. Much of the content and services on social networks is invisible and inaccessible outside them. Adaptive software delivers increasingly personalised experiences defined by preferences and history.  It’s a long way from the original vision of the web, a phenomenon that is being described as the “Splinternet”.

 

As we move into the era of the "Internet of Things" the focus of a forthcoming TSB competition, the challenge and opportunity for the creative industries can only become greater. At the heart of it is how to create seamless, coherent and meaningful converged experiences in an ever more complex jungle of diverging devices and interfaces.

 

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