Arto Kivela is an active member of our community. He has not only written many content in our site but also a thesis on it, reporting the process for producing quality documents. Here is his abstract in English:
Massidea.org is EU funded project to create online social media for sharing ideas and innovations through the internet. This helps in the creation of new innovations and finding out existing problems.
The purpose of this thesis is to create high quality content for use of Massidea.org. This material is expanding the current data base of Massidea.org, so that it would become more inviting for all partners and target groups.
The documents written for this thesis mainly concern themselves with climate change or with environmentally friendly technology. Also some documents are about quality management, hot work safety and also how to improve Massidea.org web service.
The documents for this thesis are written in English, and they are gone more thoroughly in Finnish in the thesis. The English documents are attached to this thesis.
The thesis first concerns itself with history and principle behind Massidea.org, and also instructions for producing quality documents for the website. The second part of the thesis concentrates on the background information and the content of the documents.
You can fin his thesis (in Finnish) here.
Social media is more and more involved in our daily life. But how will this affect to online education and e learning? The research of one Finnish student, Harri Paalanen, states that there is room for development in this area. See his thesis abstract:
A change can be identified in the business environment. Different enterprises are opening up their processes to others and they are networking together. Also smaller companies have the possibility to reach foreign markets while working in networks.
This thesis concentrates on the latest research on innovation, the conditions that enable the innovation process, how these conditions or environments can be lead and how one can learn in these environments. This thesis is also a project, which deals with the Second Life environment and also aims to combine it with the Moodle elearning platform using Sloodle tools. Main aim of the project was to test whether a Moodle course can be processed into a Second Life course.
A complete Moodle course on innovation management was used as a starting point for this new Second Life –course. The basic structure remained almost the same, but the contents of the course had to be modified. Most of the developer’s time and energy was directed to learning how to use Second Life and programming with Linden Lab Scripting (LSL) language used for different functionalities in the course. Not all of the functionalities were finished during this project. The project continues on even after this thesis. This project showed that the development is possible.
His thesis (in Finnish) can be downloaded here
Sharing is one of the main cornerstones of Open Innovation. But what kind of risks does it involve? Are you concerned about copyright issues and legal matters? Student Eeva Korhonen’s thesis will answer most of your concerns. Here is her abstract:
Legal risks relating to Open Innovation System service
The aim of this thesis has been to investigate what legal risks there are pertaining to the Open Innovation Banking System service, and what laws and decrees regulate these matters. I chose the copyright law and the laws regulating social media for the point of departure for the study. The rights and responsibilities of an individual have the leading role when using services provided by social media.
Information created by the author or authors is interesting and certainly encourages also students to produce information. From the viewpoint related with the copyright law, it is interesting how these matters have been interpreted within the law, and how the responsibilities and rights have been distributed. The copyright law as a law is constantly changing, and in Finland, in connection with international relations it is also necessary to take the legislation valid in other countries and the EU directives into consideration.
It was proven in the study that, even though laws and the agreement defining the usage terms and conditions have a great significance when using the Open Innovation Banking System service, an individual’s own human behaviour plays an equally great and significant role, too. How many of us know what is allowed to be published in the Internet and what responsibility do those people have who are involved with the Personal Data Act by virtue of their work.
A new way of learning is important even from the viewpoint of developing studying. I hope the final result provides new kind of innovations for all of us citizens. Conclusions of this new service can be drawn not later than after a few years, after we have become aware of the benefits and disadvantages of the use of the service.
You can access the full thesis clicking here
Kimmo Huosionmaa has written a handbook for students who would like to join our project. Here is the abstract in English and at the bottom the link to the thesis (pdf in Finnish):
Creating OIBS handbook for Laurea students Case: Laurea ammattikorkeakoulu
A handbook for students who want to join OIBS (Open Innovation Banking System) has been produced with this thesis. It includes the following parts: Open source, social media and open innovation.
The purpose of the handbook is to familiarize students with the OIBS system. The secondary purpose of the thesis is to give instructions on what is needed for creating the OIBS server and environment. The OIBS platform is an “open source” platform which is slightly different from the Windows system.
In this thesis will describe how the OIBS system will be updated. No system will update itself, but an open source environment needs some activity from users to stay up-to-date. The OIBS environment might be updated several times per day because of many developers.
The last section reflects on the development of OIBS. It is a good system, but marketing outside Laurea should be sharper. The general public probably does not know OIBS very well and the marketing is the mean that makes OIBS the idea bank for the whole nation
Basics of the OIBS are open source, social media and open innovation. It purposes is to benefit of those groups’ innovations that are not usually noticed. These groups are for example pensioner and students.
You can access to the full thesis (in Finnish) clicking here