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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Technology Strategy Board to support data and metadata tools and technologies

In the Technology Strategy Board's Creative Industries Strategy: 2013 -16, Data is highlighted as one of the three key themes (convergence and transaction being the other two) they see as offering the main challenges and opportunities for the creative industries where they can offer support.

'Across the economy, data has become recognised as crucial to business success. With increased connectivity has come an increase in available data, and more opportunities to manage and capture value from it. When this data is embedded in instant or near real-time decision making, it becomes even more powerful, with commentators forecasting a shift towards embedding data in decision-making and strategic processes.

Use of metadata, the importance of which was identified in our 2009 strategy, has mushroomed, with metadata solutions enabling new ways of driving content discovery, licensing, consumption and new, as yet undetermined, business models. Metadata is no longer a niche interest – it is now mainstream. Analytics and metrics have become contested areas, with issues around data ownership, value and validity, and access to data skills, presenting new commercial and innovation challenges.'

Thus us, as further outlined within the Strategy, the Technology Strategy Board is committed to:

  • using their collaborative R&D programmes to support the development of robustdata and metadata systems for enriched, more applicable information about content and its use
  • support the development of tools for analysing, interpreting and presenting data that are accessible and easy-to-use
  • invest, through the Catapults and other programmes, in projects that integrate and link different kinds of rich data sets to provide creative innovators with the capability to develop new ideas, products and services.


Two planned initiatives in support of these objectives are:

  • in the early part of 2014, the Technology Strategy Board will be launching a competition on Data Exploration in order to help UK businesses respond to the opportunities around Big Data
  • as requested by the Technology Strategy Board, on 10 October 2013 the Creative Industries KTN are organising a workshop in London to explore how data visualisation can become part of the development process across a range of potential applications and in very diverse industrial sectors.


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