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 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.

Visit the KTN refreshed online platfom here


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Future Internet meets Internet of Things

The ICT KTN has been involved actively in the Inside Government event on the Internet of Things in London today. Ian Osborne presented on the results of the Future Internet Report and its implications for converged services, a major consequence of increasing the rich supply of data from sensors connected to the Internet. Stuart Revell, presented on the work of the Internet Of Things Special Interest Group and his interest in Machine to Machine communications, at the heart of an Internet of Things. Ian's presentation can be found here.



2 people have had something to say so far

Hi Ian,

an interesting presentation but I'd be keen to know your views on the currently successful walled gardens of data within silos such as LinkedIn, Facebook, twitter and Google+. Silos seem only to break down when the open model aligns with commercial interest - i.e. Bing is currently trialling integrated search results with user's facebook data - they are motivated to integrate in order to gain market share. If it doesn't work, the silos will continue - what will precipitate the move to the future internet? Obviously I am working from your slides and not from the accompanying words!

Posted on 21/05/12 09:49.
Alex, you raise an important issue to which there is no simple answer. One viewpoint to consider is that the subscription to an internet service will be accompanied by terms and conditions which may, in effect, require you to cede ownership of data to the service provider. This data becomes their property to manage how they will. Data Protection Regulations in preparation in Europe may give you the right to remove this data from their systems, but this does not necessarily make the data stored available to third parties, unless you give specific permission. Perhaps alignment with new data protection regimes, recognising that they are not convergent across international boundaries, requiring explicit permission for your data to be made available in a predefined way (aggregated, anonymised, or unfiltered) is a way forwards. At present, in an uncertain regulatory climate, the big players are trying to steal a march through exploiting uncertainty and unbalanced contractual arrangements in the race to create new services. Anyone else have a view? Ian
Posted on 23/05/12 15:22 in reply to Alex Brooker.

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