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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 ICT 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.

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Cabinet Office accused of shunning open source for IT deal

Online tech publication, The Register, has accused the Cabinet Office of snubbing open source players by awarding a contract to help establish how much money the government spends on technology to a proprietary
software provider to help establish how much money the government spends on technology.
Last month, a damning report published by the public administration select committee (PASC) critisised government over-reliance on big IT firms in Whitehall throughout the last few years.
"According to some sources, the government pays between seven and 10 times more than the standard commercial rate for its work" said Bernard Jenkin in the report titled Government and IT – a recipe for rip-offs: time for a new approach.
In response to the report,  the Cabinet Office recently sought expressions of interest from providers capable of providing an ICT asset and services knowledgebase which could, among other things, help the department pinpoint how to reduce tech costs and reuse existing systems where possible.
But despite all the open-source rhetoric, including the appointment of the pro-open source Liam Maxwell as incoming technology chief, the publication accuses the government of ignoring companies including Red Hat, Alfresco and Sirius Corp in favour of a proprietary system.
CDS, who have been awarded the tender, say their asset management product is "mandated for use across government" and the company is expected to deliver a "first phase" of the asset management product by September this year.
But, according to The Register, a number of people are perplexed by the Cabinet Office's business-as-usual treatment of open source players that had worked on a pilot project. .
Some argue that Maude's department has changed its tune. The government's deputy chief information officer Bill McCluggage previously told suppliers that more open source technology should feature in Whitehall's ICT strategy and when he met with OSS suppliers in February this year he said  the Cabinet Office wanted to see an increase of open source tech deployment across government departments and for the use of open source software within government to become normal practice
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