A Guide to Open Innovation & Crowdsourcing

We are pleased to announce the release of the book on Open Innovation and Crowdsourcing that we have co-authored. The new book, called A Guide to Open Innovation & Crowdsourcing, edited by Paul Sloane was launched this week. Paul Sloane manage to pull together contributions from the most active players in the field of Open Innovation worldwide. Most of the contributions are really insightful and I really recommend the reading of the book. Contributors include Henry Chesbrough, Stefan Lindegaard and Andrew Gaule to name but three. If you do buy a copy, thank you and do let us know what you think. (please note that we have participated to the writing for free and that we are not earning a single

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Multistep Problem Solving Process

Multistep rather than black box The multistep approach allows to engage experts and to satisfy seekers, in a safe, secured and trustable environment. It ensures better performance for problem solving, less frustration among solvers and less disappointment among seekers. Online problem solving is often thought of as a “black-box process”: the seeker gives the input, waits a few months and finally opens the box to discover the set of submitted solutions. This process implemented by nearly all Open Innovation platforms has various drawbacks, the main ones being: motivation decrease and risk-averse behavior of solvers, inefficiency to reach quality and relevant solutions, limited incentives for seekers to be fair and pay for all valuable solutions. We propose instead a three-step “gray-box”

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Expert Sourcing and Dynamic aspect

Expert sourcing rather than crowdsourcing To solve highly critical and technological problems, a company needs experts, not random solvers. This is why MDES relies on highly skilled experts rather than solvers. Dynamic (or On-Demand) rather than subscription-based As previously explained, most Open Innovation intermediaries or network of experts rely on registration-based platforms: potential experts have to know about the platform and to register. This is not the right paradigm to address global expertise. Instead, we propose to build a worldwide automatic network of Experts that can be solicited on-demand and that allows automatic profiling of experts. In addition, this paradigm enhances confidentiality, since the visibility of the problems can be restricted to preselected experts (and not to any registered solver).

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X-Search, the worldwide expert search engine is live

Since a few hours ago, PRESANS Expert Search Engine, X-Search is live. You can create a free account and start finding hundreds of thousands of experts worldwide in a few clicks. If you have been invited to the Beta, we will send you your activation code in a few hours from now. If you are not yet invited, you can ask us for a free activation code. All the instructions are here: presans.com/x-search

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A disruptive approach: Multistep Dynamic Expert Sourcing (MDES)

Expert Sourcing The French startup PRESANS developed and implemented the Multistep Dynamic Expert Sourcing (MDES) approach. It relies on a combination between a state-of-the-art web-mining technology and a secured multistep problem solving process. In this approach, experts do not register, instead, the various digital tracks they leave on the web allow to detect and to invite them on-demand to tackle most challenging technological problems. MDES has strong advantages for the platform, for the experts and for the client companies. The pillars of the Dynamic Expert Sourcing Approach As illustrated in Figure 1, the MDES approach seeks to bring value to seekers by connecting their needs to worldwide scientific knowledge & intelligence. The MDES philosophy holds on 3 points: Expert Sourcing Dynamic

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Confidentiality and intellectual property issues are poorly addressed

Confidentiality. This is the big issue on the client side Companies using Open Innovation Platforms are mostly concerned by the confidentiality of the information they provide to the intermediary and to the rest of the world. Even if the name of the company remains anonymous, it may be easy for competitors to guess who is behind the problem, which is a serious issue. Putting a problem online and broadcasting it to a priori unknown solvers is too sensitive for many companies, and is a significant break for the use of Open Innovation platforms. Online Non-Disclosure Agreements proposed to solvers is not a satisfactory solution as anybody can sign them without real engagement or verification. Intellectual property (IP) management is yet

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PRESANS partners with Techinnov 2011

On the 10 of February 2011, PRESANS partners with Techinnov 2011. Techinnov, one day, 5 events Techinnov more than a traditional trade fair. It is also an efficient and practical forum for technology and innovation through business, R&D and financial meetings. Techinnov lasts over one day and groups 5 events in 1: Business meetings, Funding business event, SME flash presentations, R&D business event, and Conference & workshops. Techinnov 2011 and PRESANS Participate to Techinnov 2011 and get immediate and free access to X-Search, the worldwide expert search engine. more information on the Techinnov website: http://www.techinnov-orly.com/EMAIL/Email_4.html.

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X-Search, worldwide expert search engine

On the 18th of January 2011, PRESANS introduces X-Search (x-search.presans.com), worldwide expert search engine. (1) X-Search crawls tens of millions of scientific sources (scientific literature, patents, research center websites etc.). (2) X-Search indexes and structure the information into expert profiles. (3) Sending a query from X-Search search bar returns a list of potential most qualified experts. X-Search mines the web for millions of experts Millions of experts exist in the world; most of them leave tracks on the web through scientific literature, patents, research center corporate websites, blogs, forums etc. X-Search, PRESANS Expert Search Engine technology allows automatically building network of Expert (expertise mapping). The “crawling module” constantly crawls tens of millions of these scientific sources to collect relevant information.

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