As you’ve read before in this blog, I am attending the IST Conference in
Projects of this kind are (quoting from Bertolo, full presentation here):
- centred around existing, promising but untried technologies
- designed to go one step forward towards
- packaging, configuring … and testing
- assess suitability & viability
- usability (hide technical complexity!
- within a well defined domain / user context
- rigorous evaluation plans & metrics
- active user involvement & feedback
- adequate documentation of results (positive/negative)
Throughout my postings in this blog so-far you may have read some frustration about the difficulty in closing the gap between R&D results and the market. To me it seems that these STR-D projects could play a promising role in filling this gap. It allows, for example, to take results of existing R&D projects (e.g. the SEKT project), and develop them a step further into direction of the market. This form of project seems to acknowledge that it is hard and expensive (and involving high technology risk) to bring R&D results to the market, and therefore I applaud it.