DTI adopts conferencing technology to boost collaboration


DTI adopts conferencing technology to boost collaboration

Tash Shifrin

The Department of Trade and Industry has selected Interwise to provide its Interwise Connect integrated conferencing platform to support a series of industry-specific collaboration communities.

The 19 communities – dubbed Knowledge Transfer Networks – were set up in a £17m programme aimed at helping firms invest in emerging technologies by linking businesses, government, research institutes and other bodies.

Each network incorporates a Vignette portal, an Autonomy content management system and the Interwise Connect conferencing platform. The portal interface integrates content from web-based sources, reports from the Foreign Office’s network of commercial and scientific attaches and links to key industry databases.

Network members can also post documents, schedule and participate in virtual conferences using the system. The Interwise Connect platform allows meetings to be recorded, indexed and stored for later review and discussion.

DTI deputy director Allan Mayo said the virtual meeting technology had allowed the department to “apply the Silicon Valley model to emerging industries in the UK and create world-class virtual communities”.


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