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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The next IT revolution is happening in the "I" - the information - not the "T"

This week we were not just deluged with data, but data about data. First of all, Tim Berners-Lee, urged us to stand up to Google and  Facebook and fight for our data – as the Guardian devoted the whole week to exploring the battle for the internet. Then, data-sharing become an issue as the EU signed a controversial agreement with the US to share air passenger data; the National Audit Office accused the government of not having a handle on the implications of its open data policies; data analyst company, Splunk,saw it’s shares more than double on its first day of trading and the week finished with the UK’s first Open-data Cities Conference in Brighton.


Data Diggers

Experts and analysts have been predicting the growth of big data for a while now, but the veritable tsunami of interest in the “new gold” is now most certainly upon us. There are two very simple reasons for this, the first is the huge drop in the cost of computing and the second is the huge increase in the amount of data – which is thought to double every couple of years.

Obviously, there are enormous benefits for the companies, like Splunk, who can analyse this data and use it to predict everything from financial to consumer performance.  Data analytics is also becoming increasing accessible for smaller companies. 


Data Nuggets

However, it’s the benefit to the consumer, which is as yet unclear. Consumer data is currently and literally a free for all but with increasingly better informed consumers, new regulations and encouragement from the likes of Tim Berners-Lee, this is unlikely to last .

Many consumers can, as yet, see little advantage in the data which will become available from their fridge telling them it’s time to buy milk on the basis of their prior purchasing habits – the well advertised benefit exemplifying the communications possible from the internet of things. However, they may be interested in, for example,  the health cure developments which mining large sets of anonymous data can bring about. 

Local data is also likely to have huge benefits for citizens, as debated at the Open-Data Cities conference. For example up-to-the-minute listings of cultural events wherever they happen to be or the asking price of the cheapest two-bedroom home that has just gone on sale, in the catchment area that will guarantee their child a place at the best-performing school.


Data Debate

There’s no doubt that companies use of data needs to be moderated and put to good use, this is thought to be a matter, ultimately for policy makers and, setting the ball rolling, the EU last week began a major consultation on the Internet of Things, an ever looming prospect which is set to unleash ever greater torrents of data, this time from the communications between devices.

The subject is also up for scrutiny in London next month, with the Internet of Things Conference - one of the biggest gatherings of public and business leaders, as well as academics, in this swiftly emerging field.

Many including , Autonomy CEO, Dr. Mike Lynch believe  it’s a hugely exciting time: “What we can do now has never been possible before,” he says, "the next IT revolution is happening in the "I" - the information - not the "T".


Read Dr. Mike Lynch’s very informative article about the power of data, on the BBC website. 

The New York Times feature, The Age of Big Data, is also a wonderful read. 

The Internet of Things Conference takes place in London on 15th May, read more and register your interest here.

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