Leveraging unstructured information in support of innovation

W. Uys, N.D. du Preez, D. Lutters

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    Innovation allows organisations to survive and grow. Effective management of innovation has a major influence on the competitiveness and sustainability of an organisation. Innovation is knowledge and information intensive as a successful innovation often involves a multitude of concepts from various disciplines. The availability of contextualised innovation-related information to the innovation and knowledge workers of an organisation may aid innovation and the management thereof. This paper puts forward some innovation-related information entity types that may facilitate the contextualisation of innovation-related information. To provide the best support to innovation workers, a consolidated view of all applicable innovation-related information is required – of both the structured and unstructured type. Harnessing unstructured information, in the form of natural language text, to support innovation is especially important since large quantities of potentially relevant information exist in this format. A mechanism to abstract, contextualise and make accessible information, contained in electronic documentation, to the innovation workers of an organisation will be discussed.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings International Conference on Competitive Manufacturing, COMA '10
    EditorsDimitri Dimitrov
    Place of PublicationStellenbosch, South Africa
    PublisherStellenbosch University
    ISBN (Print)978-0-7972-1322-7
    Publication statusPublished - 3 Feb 2010
    EventInternational Conference on Competitive Manufacturing, COMA 2010 - Stellenbosch, South Africa
    Duration: 3 Feb 20105 Feb 2010


    ConferenceInternational Conference on Competitive Manufacturing, COMA 2010
    Abbreviated titleCOMA
    Country/TerritorySouth Africa

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