Brussels, 09 Sep 2005
Organisations involved in European innovation and looking for Russian partners, as well as Russian innovation players wishing to take part in the EU's research and innovation activities, will soon have a virtual meeting place that aims to support greater collaboration.
A European-funded project called TechBrid (Technical Bridge between Russian and European Online Infrastructures for Innovations) is currently working to establish "technical bridges" between European and Russian online infrastructures in support of innovation. These include online information resources and online services.
The project has its origins in a national initiative to build a digital information space for innovation actors called the Russian Online Infrastructure for Innovations (ROII). A number of Russian organisations and projects are currently involved in the construction of ROII, including the Russian Network Infrastructure for Innovations, known as the SININ project. SININ is an associated project providing TechBrid with information on Russian innovation.
TechBrid aims to integrate the ROII into EU online innovation support services and develop an English language version of the online workplace. This will allow EU innovation players to use all SININ services to find Russian partners and vice versa.
The final information system will apply an "online work-bench" design. It will allow the innovation actors themselves to create, update and delete material and documents in the online information space, and use the existing material created by others. A personal information agent set up with individual user preferences will automatically monitor the incoming information and notify the user by e-mail.
The project started on 1 January 2005 and will last for 12 months. It is coordinated by Professor Sergei Parinov, Head of Department at the Institute of Economics and Industrial Engineering of the Information on the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences (IEIE SB RAS). Technical experience and tools from another running project, SOCIONET, will also be employed in TechBrid to bridge different types of EU and Russia online resources and services.
TechBrid aims to facilitate the interaction between EU and Russian innovation players and promote technology transfer and exchange of best practice between them. It will make its services, including a partner search facility, available for SMEs and large firms, public and private research centres, institutes and laboratories as well as individual researchers and entrepreneurs from Russia, the EU and the Associated Countries. TechBrid will also raise awareness among Russian scientists about EU research and development programmes in which they can take part. The project hopes that its example and technical results will encourage other organisations to integrate their services and resources into a unified online infrastructure so that the innovation actors can, quickly find relevant information, partners and potential end-users.
For more information on TechBrid please consult 'Find a Project' on the CORDIS FP6 service:
For more information on the Russian Network Infrastructure for Innovations (SININ):
For more information on the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences (IEIE SB RAS):