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COIN - Academia training section

author: Davor Orlič, Knowledge 4 All Foundation Ltd.
published: Jan. 31, 2010,  

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These videolectures describe the technologies being used and developed in COIN, and some of the applications of those technologies in the project. The lectures are given by COIN researchers and by other researchers working in the same and related fields. We also suggest that as a starting point you take a look at the COIN promo video.

1. Motivation for the paradigm of EI/EC

This first unit aims at creating a motivation for the course through a brief presentation of application areas, illustrated by concrete examples in industry, services, government, etc. A brief historic overview of the industrial organizational paradigms leading to collaborative networks and their interoperability as well as a summary of current technological and organizational trends is presented. For each example an attempt to identify the main involved problems (e.g. organizational forms, processes, and cooperation and collaboration forms) is made, calling the attention for the potential contributes from other disciplines.

  • Collaboration and Interoperability
  • Practical examples of CNs
  • Practices of Interoperability
  • Historic overview.
  • Technological and organizational trends.
  • Discussion of the usefulness / benefits and current limitations

Motivation for the paradigm - course



2. Basic concepts

After the motivation phase, the base concepts are introduced. Considering the large variety of collaborative networks and interoperability modes, a categorization of the various forms is made and taxonomy is introduced in order to give students a global perspective of the area. At the same time the basic project concepts and models are being addressed. The various innovative concepts and models developed in COIN.

  • COIN Basic Concepts
  • Fundamentals in CN
  • Fundamentals in Interoperability
  • COIN innovative concepts and models

Basic concepts - course



3. Enterprise Interoperability

After the motivation phase and the COIN basic concepts are introduced, the base concepts of Enterprise Interoperability are explained. After describing the overall goals and essential terms for the Interoperability of enterprises, principles, methods and benefits of enterprise Interoperability are explained. Here we show key issue, definitions and approaches in manufacturing and industrial enterprise generally and how Interoperability is the ability of a system or a product to work with other systems based on various architectures and platforms or products without special effort from the user.

  • Basic Concepts, Definitions and Approaches.
  • Enterprise Modelling for Interoperability
  • Ontology for Interoperability
  • Introduction to Architecture and Platforms for Enterprise system Interoperability
  • Business Interoperability (BI)

Enterprise Interoperability - course



4. Virtual Organisations Breeding Environment

Course on the main elements of the VBE that are studied in COIN featuring theoretical and practical business examples from the field. The basic elements of Virtual Organizations Breeding Environment and its role in the context of CNO. Contents: Virtual Organization And Current Enterprises, Collaborative networked organization and business opportunities, Business ecosystems, VBE - Virtual Organization Breeding Environments, VBE - constituting elements and features, VBE - working and sharing principles, Value system and metrics for VBE.

  • Concept and examples.
  • Components, structure, actors and roles.
  • Competencies and assets.
  • Processes and governance principles.
  • VBE management system.
  • Trust and value systems.

VO Breeding Environment - course

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5. Virtual Organizations

Course on the concept and structure of Virtual Organizations creation rules and functionalities. Here we present the continuous life cycle of the Virtual Organization creation with its creation, formation, later approaching its breeding environment functionalities and ultimately its dissolution and incorporation into its next life cycle phase.

  • Concepts, organizational models and operational rules. Life cycle.
  • VO creation process and functionalities.
  • VO management functionalities and performance measurement.
  • VO dissolution and inheritance.

Virtual Organizations - course



6. Virtual Communities

In this course is shown the basic knowledge on Virtual Communities, the concept of Professional Virtual Communities that is being explored in COIN. A typology of VC is introduced and a particular attention is devoted to Professional Virtual Communities. The components, structure, and life cycle of PVCs are discussed and modeling options introduced in comparison with the VBE. Architectural options for a PVC management system and supporting functionalities are introduced. The creation of Virtual Teams within a PVC and their management are studied. Governance principles, main processes, intellectual property issues, and social computing issues are discussed.

  • Concepts and typology.
  • Components, structure, and life cycle.
  • Professional virtual communities (PVC).
  • PVC management system.
  • Virtual teams.
  • Governance principles and social computing.

Virtual Communities - course

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7. Architectures and Platforms

Focusing on research coordination in the area of Architecture & Platforms. Show basic internet and computer technologies, ideas, and concepts for enterprise interoperability purposes and to continue on updating with state-of-the-art models, approaches and mechanisms.

  • Computer networks basics. Base Internet technologies.
  • Components of a communication infrastructure.
  • Introduction to Service Platforms, Service Oriented Architectures
  • Introduction to Distributed systems
  • Introduction to Platform virtualisation
  • Introduction to Service-Oriented Interoperability (SOI)
  • Introduction to Model-Driven Interoperability (MDI)
  • Security mechanisms and technologies.
  • Data Quality in Cooperative Information Systems
  • Emerging computing models and implementation approaches

Architectures and Platforms - course



8. Background Technologies

This course presents and explains core technologies from the area of knowledge technologies that ranges from the data driven methods to knowledge driven methods and are important for detecting, analyzing and managing knowledge (tacit and explicit) in enterprises, organisations or agents. Recent developments in the particular areas are demonstrated through real software prototypes, successful market cases and real business implementations. The course provides many demos and business cases that will be available as demonstrations online and could be supplemented with the hands-on session.

  • Traditional technologies
  • Semantic and knowledge technologies
  • Self awareness and cognitive systems
  • Agent technologies

Background Technologies - course

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9. COIN Solution

This is one of the main courses in COIN training programmes. It is aimed at presenting COIN innovative solutions that will be developed in the frame of the project. Training starts with innovative business and organisational models that are consequence of newly introduced technologies. The main focus is on the explanation and demonstration of technologies developed in COIN, their use in the industry contexts and on the discussion of their implications to the traditional business environment. Course addresses in detail the methods for identifying knowledge processes, knowledge (tacit and explicit) in organisations as well as new technology research streams. Furthermore it explains and demonstrates the methods for contextualisation that spans over three orthogonal dimensions: content, social network and time.

  • Basic architecture
  • Introduction to COIN Service platform
  • Transition from a Service Platform to an Utility Platform
  • Business-adaptive Service Platform:
  • Pervasive, Evolutionary and Scalable Service Platform
  • TSD-enabled service Platform for Networked Enterprises
  • Agent-based Business Knowledge Interoperability
  • Introduction to COIN Enterprise Interoperability services
  • Interoperability baseline
  • Information Interoperability Services
  • Knowledge Interoperability Services
  • Business Interoperability Services.
  • Introduction to COIN Enterprise Collaboration services
  • Collaboration baseline
  • Collaborative Product Development c-PD,
  • Collaborative Production Planning c-PP,
  • Collaborative Project Management c-PM
  • Collaborative Human Interaction c-HI.

COIN solution - course



10. Practical Examples and COIN prototypes

In this course the practical examples of COIN prototypes will be demonstrated and explained together with some applications that are related to the COIN research domain. The course will be supplemented with a hands-on workshop to allow participants to deal with concrete examples from their work context.

  • use scenarios,
  • case studies and best practices,
  • demonstrators, demos, prototypes

Practical Examples and COIN prototypes - course



11. Information Management

Course on competency/profile information management basics and preliminary prototypes. Contents: Introduction, Specification of main components and functions of PCMS, e-Catalogue features and key components.

  • Information management requirements.
  • Mechanisms for information sharing and exchange.
  • Access rights definition and enforcement.
  • Federated /distributed information management.
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12. Information Exchange Standards

A number of standards particularly relevant for collaborative networks and enterprise interoperability are introduced and analyzed. Among them: EDI (Electronic Data Interchange), which in historical terms represents one of the first tools for cooperation among enterprises, is introduced and briefly characterized. The interaction between EDI and ERP. The EDIFACT standard is presented and current XML-based implementations mentioned. Support technologies as well as PDM systems are discussed. Other emerging standards for information and knowledge exchange are pointed out.

  • Importance of standards.
  • Interaction with legacy systems.

Information Exchange Standards - course



13. Coordination Mechanisms

This course is aimed at providing knowledge about the models, structures and mechanisms for management, coordination and problem solving. The coordination mechanisms are basic mechanisms in any networked organisation and as such the focal point of interest for any distributed, knowledge focused organisation. The course will analyze and study the approaches for distributed and collaborative decision-making including organizational aspects in the context of informal and knowledge processes.

  • Collaboration modalities.
  • Concept of coordination.
  • Distributed-business process modeling and planning.
  • Distributed scheduling and re-scheduling.
  • Languages for business process modeling.
  • Workflow and process execution engines.
  • Challenges in flexible coordination.

Coordination Mechanisms - course



14. Management of common Ontologies

This course is aimed at providing the base concepts of ontologies, especially in relation to the COIN common ontology, explore the potential of ontology-based techniques to tackle the problem of interoperability and to investigate how such techniques can be joined together with the other fundamental perspectives addressed in COIN.

  • The role of ontologies in collaboration
  • Ontology based support to Enterprise Interoperability
  • Introduction to Ontologies
  • Glossary and specification of base entities and concepts
  • COIN Core level common ontology
  • Ontology engineering approaches

Management of common Ontologies - course

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15. e-Commerce and e-Markets

This course will in particular investigate aspects related to the economics and the incentives behind Interoperability. Issues of costs and benefits associated to developing, deploying or maintaining architecture, platforms and systems at enterprise level will be presented and instruments to predict and use them for analytically describe knowledge creation processes which are important pre-requisites for their large-scale.

  • Concepts of e-Commerce and e-Market.
  • Relationships to CN and Interoperability.
  • Support institutions.
  • Support systems. Portals. Negotiation.
  • CRM. Logistics.

E-commerce and E-markets - course



16. Non Technological Issues

In this unit social, ethical, legal, and organizational issues are discussed and current trends pointed out. New business models and their applicability are discussed, namely through the introduction of examples. Marketing and sustainability, intellectual property management, systems of incentives, etc. are other relevant issues.

  • Social, ethical, legal, and organizational issues.
  • Contractual issues.
  • New business models.
  • Sustainability mechanisms.
  • Intellectual property management.

Non Technological Issues - course



17. Organisation Modeling and Reference Models

The course topic is focusing on Organisation Modelling as a combination of a set of activities within an enterprise with a structure describing their logical order and dependence whose objective is to produce a desired result. Business Process modeling as an enabler of common understanding and analysis of a business process. The course will also descrivbe the main process modelling techniques.

  • Concept of reference model.
  • Modeling frameworks.
  • Examples of reference models.
  • Organisation Modelling
  • Business Process Modelling
  • Business Models Overview
  • Derivation and evolution methods.


18. Emerging Collaborative Forms

Brief summary of the various collaborative forms studied in previous units, a discussion of possible new models and generalizations is made. As a starting basis, new forms of collaborative e-government, e-science, Virtual institutes, Virtual laboratories, etc, are discussed. Other generalizations include: networks of sensors, networks of machines, etc.

  • Summary of studied collaborative forms and interoperability approaches.
  • New application examples: collaborative e-government, e-Science, Virtual institutes, Virtual Labs, etc.
  • Internet of Things: Networks of machines, networks of sensors.
  • Intelligent, self-aware enterprises, Symbiotic models
  • Other emerging cases.

Emerging Collaborative Forms - course

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