Programme and Methodology
Methodologically, SCRIBE is following a Design Science Research approach. In a nutshell, this means that the project has iterative design-build-evaluate cycles (promoting continuous reflection and learning between problem and solution spaces) and has a focus on utility (that the outcomes are of practical use and/or benefit to the communities of interest). The core work packages address:
- Project management and communication (WP1). Here work activities include project, quality and risk management, the development and maintenance of the SCRIBE Web portal, the management of dissemination, communication and interaction with the NEMODE network (see links page).
- Technical development (WP2). Here work activities address the development of the semantic technology, (ontological) methodology and network-based analytics and visualisation. A novel and advanced ontology engineering approach is used to develop the semantic technology and method. Traditional (social) network modelling techniques provide a foundation for developing business ecosystem models but our focus will be on more sophisticated approaches. Outcomes will be integrated with visualisation platforms to produce usable network analytics and visualisation.
- Information product development (WP3). Here work activities address the development of the network based credit scoring models, the product matching model(s) and business network model(s). Spatial econometric methods as well as multi-factor approaches are adopted to extend traditional credit risk models to incorporate information from the network. These quantitative methods will allow adjustment of the default risk associated with a specific enterprise against the default risk of enterprises in its network,
and vice-versa. Product matching and business network models will use the technical foundations of WP2, delivered through ‘app-like’ demonstrators worked up in conjunction with the collaborators.
- Legal considerations (WP4). Here work activities address the issues related to the balance between Public Law and Private Law and inter-jurisdictional variation. Traditional (qualitative) legal methods will be employed to examine existing precedent, statute, international provisions and academic literature in light of the challenges and issues presented by the research and its outcomes.
- Training and evaluation (WP5). Here work activities include partner training (in technology, methods, products etc.), partner testing and evaluation of outcomes and commercialisation planning. The evaluation of deliverables is conducted in conjunction with the project collaborators and uses a combination of quantitative and qualitative methods as appropriate. Commercialisation planning is undertaken in conjunction with the collaborators and Brunel University’s Research and Development Office, who provide a range of services in this area.