Research Projects

We have a total of 26 projects, which are shown below in chronological order (with the most recent listed first).

C4D (CERIF for Datasets)

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The JISC-funded IRIOS project developed a demonstrator integrating research information input and output datasets, allowing data to be exported in CERIF format. Input information was provided from Research Council grants systems and linked to output information from institutional repositories.

C4D extends this established platform to manage research datasets. Although research datasets are extremely heterogeneous, they have some commonality of research context which can be recorded in CERIF. This context is necessary to understand how the research dataset may be (re-)used.

This project started on 1st October 2011 and is due to be completed on 30th June 2013.

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IRIOS-2 (Integrated Research Input & Output System 2)

IRIOS-2 converted the IRIOS proof-of-concept demonstrator into a fully functional service.

This project was completed on 31st October 2012 and ran for 11 months.

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RMAS (Research Management and Administration System)

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The Research Management and Administration System (RMAS) project was funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) to procure, develop and implement a cloud-based pre-award through post-award system for HEIs comprising independent, but interoperable modules.

This project was completed on 30th June 2012 and ran for 16 months.

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IRIOS (Integrated Research Input and Output System)

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The JISC-funded IRIOS project developed a demonstrator, integrating research information inputs (from Research Councils) and outputs (from institutional repositories). The system allowed outputs to be linked to the inputs (grants) which funded their development. The system used CERIF (an emerging research information data standard), so that linked data could be exported for use in third party systems.

This project was completed on 30th September 2011 and ran for 7 months.

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KHISBCE (Knowledge House BCE Trial)


This project was part of a larger JISC project - Collaborative Tools 4 BCE - which aimed to trial online tools to support Business and Community Engagement (BCE). The project identified good practice, challenges, security considerations and data protection issues related to online collaborative platforms.

This project was completed on 30th September 2010 and ran for 18 months.

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STASIS (Software for Ambient Semantic Interoperable Services)


STASIS aimed to allow stakeholders (particularly SMEs) to participate in the eEconomy by researching the fields of semantic interoperability within an eBusiness context. The project developed software which facilitated the establishment of semantic business connections. The key tagline of STASIS was:

"If I have information in my format, and it is integrated into my systems, I want to put minimal effort into mapping this into any format to do electronic business with another party."

This project was completed on 30th September 2009 and ran for 36 months.

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Video Retrieval (EPSRC Case Award)

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Video Retrieval was an EPSRC case study which investigated whether clustering (an unsupervised statistical technique that seeks to organise objects into groups on the basis of their similarity as a potential solution) could be used to better index video content.

This project was completed on 1st September 2009 and ran for 35 months.

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SPIRE (System Performance Investigation and Reengineering Evaluation)

SPIRE was a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) which researched on-line dynamic web system performance, robustness and scalability issues. This research was applied in the re-engineering of the nowEDCTM software, enabling the expansion of application sales.

This project was completed on 1st September 2008 and ran for 25 months.

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DAPMAN (Dynamic Adaptable Property Management System)

This Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) implemented a dynamic adaptable property management system which enabled the company to break into new markets - specifically the US Villa Management market - and provide unique web services to a range of companies.

This project was completed on 30th August 2007 and ran for 23 months.

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LLU (Local Loop Unbundling)

This was a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) supporting Qnet in their aim to move away from being a re-seller of BT systems through the in-house development and launch of new higher margin Internet/Broadband and telecoms service.

This goal was achieved by unbundling existing BT products and services and placing Qnet and their own telecoms switches and DSLAM equipment in selected BT exchanges. The process of Local Loop Unbundling (LLU) redirected more of BTs margin to Qnet. In addition to increasing margins on existing products, it allowed Qnet to offer more advanced services than has hitherto been possible.

This project was completed on 20th June 2007 and ran for 21 months.

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SILAE (Servicios de Iniciativa Local en Amazonia Ecuatoriana)

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As part of the @LIS programme for technology transfer into Latin American countries from IST, SILAE supported the development of energy supply infrastructure to remote communities in Ecuador.

In partnership with several organisations in France and The Netherlands, the project developed an on-line collaboration portal. This portal supported information sharing and joint development of project structures between stakeholder organisations. These organisations included electricty suppliers in Ecuador, as well as European entities involved in the supply and installation of local grid structures such as micro-hydro and solar systems, in addition to conventional fuel based systems.

This project was completed on 31st March 2007 and ran for 41 months.

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PIKON (Personal Information and Knowledge Organiser Network)

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The PIKON project developed an integrated Information and Knowledge Management Environment that supports personal information and knowledge management needs and enables effective sharing of information and knowledge in the extended/virtual enterprise. The system comprises:

  • A behaviour-based learning and self organising methodology
  • A personal information and knowledge organiser
  • An enterprise cognitive network with semantic navigability

The solution includes thematic features and spaces for the exchange of ideas and creative activity and caters for teleworkers and flexible teams. The solution combines both organisational and technical perspectives which have equal weight.

This project was completed on 31st August 2004 and ran for 29 months.

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MACRO (Mobility Assistance for Customer Relations Based Organisations)

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The overall objective of the project was to examine technical questions and business paradigms that surface from real business interfacing of e-CRM software with enterprise ERP (enterprise resource planning) software and SCM (supply chain management) software when these are interfaced to emerging web and mobile technologies.

The project created a software platform that acts as an integration environment to interface and interconnect CRM, SCM and ERP systems to make data contained in those systems seamlessly available according to company's overall e-CRM strategy.

This project was completed on 31st December 2003 and ran for 18 months.

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WebDaC (Web Enabled Data Capture)

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The project promoted the use and awareness of data capture technologies among SME communities in the North East of England.

This project was completed on 31st December 2003 and ran for 15 months.

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Burma-X developed the concept of the Extended Enterprise in order to facilitate the following:

  • Development and production across company boundaries.
  • Provision of high level after sales services, even if components have been produced by partners.
  • Definition and easy execution of cross organisational business processes.

This project was completed on 30th August 2003 and ran for 30 months.

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Transact (Cluster for Electronic Trading Systems, Transaction Management, Brokerage and Negotiation)

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TRANSACT was a 2 year project Funded by the European Commission under the IST Programme, Key Action II, which contributed services and activities that help achieve the goals and policies of IST-funded projects. TRANSACT did not conduct active RTD research itself, rather it formed a high-end service in RTD by accumulating information on current and future directions in the area of transaction management.

The overall objective of TRANSACT was to increase collaboration between RTD projects and accelerate the speed with which project results were disseminated and exploited. By stimulating the exchange of information between research centres, industrial enterprises, industrial sectors, projects and programmes, and by supporting collaborative activities between RTD projects, TRANSACT facilitated the cross-fertilisation of ideas, the discovery of synergies and collaborative opportunities, and helped avoid the duplication of results and deliverables within RTD projects.

This project was completed on 28th February 2003 and ran for 25 months.

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SMARTISAN (Smart Artisans)


SMARTISAN developed a generic XML based service to facilitate easy access to a range of systems and supported synchronised delivery of products against deadlines in the wholesale and retail sectors. This service was piloted in several varied test situations, including food materials, decorating supplies and furniture.

This project was completed on 31st December 2002 and ran for 23 months.

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DEEPSI@ (Dynamic on-linE IntErnet Purchasing System based on Intelligent Agents)

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The strategic aim of DEEPSIA was the creation of a state-of-the-art solution and Internet-based business system which supported companies' usual day to day purchasing requirements.

This project was completed on 31st August 2002 and ran for 20 months.

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ERDF Supplypoint (European Regional Development Fund Supplypoint)

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ERDF SupplyPoint supported SMEs in the use of the software platform developed in the EU SupplyPoint project. Concentrating on the North East of England, funded through EU structural funds, we worked with a wide range of local companies.

This project was completed on 31st December 2001 and ran for 29 months.

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E-NTRY (Electronic Tendering, Bidding and Negotiation Real-time System)

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E-NTRY developed a set of generic functionalities for the entire procurement cycle and produced a range of software tools which self-configure based upon the explicit models underlying business practice. Such models are transferrable into other industry sectors, even within specified industry sectors. E-NTRY can be adapted to suit the needs of a specific bid, therefore ensuring a degree of genericism and of flexibility beyond the state-of-the-art.

This project was completed on 30th September 2001 and ran for 19 months.

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EXPERTS II (XML/EDI Procurement Enabling Real Trade Standards 2)


EXPERTS II drew upon existing XML work (especially that done in the original EXPERTS project) and further developed and enhanced the XML/EDI based demonstrator developed during the original project.

This project was completed on 31st July 2001 and ran for 18 months.

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SRB ELPRO (Single Regeneration Budget ELPRO)


SRB ELPRO enabled local companies to be part of the piloting and evaluation phase of the European funded electronic procurement system ELPRO.

This project was completed on 31st March 2001 and ran for 45 months.

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SupplyPoint developed an integrated business service that supported the formation and operation of virtual supply chains.

The service allowed SMEs to:

  • take advantage of procurement opportunities
  • take on large contracts jointly
  • ensure timely and cost effective delivery>/li>
  • resolve supply problems dynamically

The service integrated existing electronic procurement services, provided EDI capability, and included tools for virtual marketplace design and management, electronic payments, advanced document handling and decision support for legal requirements.

This project was completed on 30th September 2000 and ran for 26 months.

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EXPERTS (EDI/XML Procurement Enabling Real Trade Standards)


EXPERTS (EDI/XML Procurement Enabling Real Trade Standards) was a European Union funded Electronic Commerce demonstration project (ISIS I1-03) under the 1998 ISIS Programme for Standardisation. EXPERTS was also a G8 Test-Bed Project within the "Global Market Place for SMEs" in the field of Electronic Commerce.

The project implemented the new standard and concept of XML/EDI in existing Electronic Commerce services in the European Health Care Supplier Sector.

This project was completed on 31st December 1999 and ran for 12 months.

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ELPRO (Electronic Procurement)

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With £2.7 million European funding, and approximately the same contribution from industry, ELPRO developed an electronic procurement system for Europe.

This project was completed on 30th June 1999 and ran for 41 months.

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TRADEPOINT provided a one stop shopping service for public authorities to purchase goods and services from Small to Medium Enterprise suppliers, which did not require a published call for tenders. The web-based system used electronic catalogue technology, electronic shopping baskets, electronic purchase orders and electronic payments.

This project was completed on 30th June 1999 and ran for 28 months.

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