Action 3

ACTION 3:

Integration, validation and demonstration

Action 3 consists of three individual activities:

Activity 3.1: Web service platform integration.

Activity 3.2: Testing and validation of service performance.

Activity 3.3: Demonstration of service in operation.

During the Activity 3.1 all the components developed in Action 2, namely the knowledge models, the inference engine and service matchmaker, feedback and interface tools and web portals for two users in target country Greece, has been integrated into web platform, implemented on the user’s computer servers and made available for validation.

In the course of Activity 3.2, the performance of the web platform is tested and validated with known use cases selected from the large database of cases available from the beneficiary PIC. In the second stage of this Action the validation process will be expanded to a group of new users from target country Greece and selected in Action 1, Activity 1.1.

The service developed in Action 2 according to the requirements set in Action 1 has been integrated in Activity 3.1. It is in the form of web service that is fully accessible on the Internet and will allow the users, that is waste stream and solution providers together with the IS practitioners to register their interest and to describe their provision together with the monitoring the whole process, all done in the following steps:

  1. Registration of the waste stream providers guided by the waste knowledge model (ontology) to help users to provide details necessary for the full description: waste composition, availability and anticipated availability, geographical location etc. Users will also be in position to register respective datasets describing/characterising waste streams (if available);
  2. Registration of solution (technology, transportation storage) providers guided by the solution knowledge model to help users to provide necessary for the full description: solution description, technological, economic and environmental characteristics, geographical location etc. Users will also be in position to register respective datasets describing/characterising technological solution (if available);
  3. Automatic matching of the waste stream providers and solution providers and match ranking according to the semantic relevance. Additional ranking is provided based on economic and environmental relevance with priorities set by the IS practitioners;
  4. Initial indication of economic and environmental potential for each proposed chain in the form of metrics defined in Action 1;
  5. Possibility to engage the IS practitioner in the process of selection and to register intention to proceed with IS process;
  6. Formalise the setting the synergy with all the parties involved in the chain defined in step 3 and according to practice set in Activity 1.3: The system supports the workflow including all the partners and exchange of relevant data between them. Each stage of the process is approved according to the policy set by the practitioners and requires agreement from all the parties involved. Also, at each stages the benefits (economic and environmental) are indicated to the users in metrics specified in Activity 1.3 and from data in respective domain ontology;
  7. Once the symbiotic chain is set and operating, all the participants are in position to regularly register respective monitoring data: quantities and type processed, volume of outputs, timing and changes, specific benefits and shortfalls which are processed by the system to refer to specified metrics and prepared for reporting.

Initially, the whole platform in Activity 3.1 is implemented in English and validated for performance by known cases selected from the large database from beneficiary PIC. On successful completion of initial validation, the translation will be made into languages from the target country Greece.

In Activity 3.2 a set of tasks, at least two per beneficiary countries, are defined to validate the performance of the whole system in terms of description of personalised user services, ranking of the symbiosis matches and performance in the course of establishing and maintaining synergies – the functionality performance. The results are compared with manually established ones. In the second part of the validation, a number of potential users selected in Activity 3.1, both from the waste stream category and solution providers, are selected for trials. The performance of the system is then established through the questionnaires and focus group discussion on its functionality and performance of supportive tools; user interface and presentation. Necessary actions are taken to rectify deviation from requirements set in Action 1, Activity 1.4.

The initial demonstration in Activity 3.3, a workshop, will take place at the coordinating beneficiary NTUA place for the members of the working group, providing information on the project progress and final results with practical demonstration. In addition, a series, at least two, of demonstrations of the system operation will take place for specific target groups in different geographical area of Greece and coordinated by the beneficiary PIC. Demonstrations aim to promote the concept of Industrial Symbiosis with the focus on industrial byproducts and waste, advantages and ease of use of the developed web platform, as well as the benefits to potential customers, all with practical demonstration with selected use cases. SMEs will be particularly targeted for all demonstrations. The feedback from demonstrations is aimed to further improve the system performance and to set ‘the best’ code of practice in system operation.

All the demonstrations and workshops will be supported by appropriate written material and leaflets demonstrating the system operation, successful stories and potential environmental and economical benefits.

Diversity of profile and specificity associated with SMEs is seen as potential constrain in accessing that target group. National beneficiaries PIC and NTUA already have strong links with a wide range of SMEs and will ensure to keep them informed on the project progress from the very beginning. In particular, the experience from the beneficiary PIC will be exploited fully.

Expected Results:

The main results of the Action 3 are the successful integration and validation of the service with minimum one service implemented as well as the demonstration of its benefits to a wider community.

Progress Indicators:

  • Results from the validation of the service operation

Target: minimum of 80% of satisfactory (positive) results

  • Number of people, companies and agencies participating in the demonstration workshops

Target: minimum of 30 companies, 15 agencies and 40 people included

  • Quality of feedback from targeted users

Target: minimum 90% of satisfactory feedback

  • Number of distributed copies of demonstration material

Target: minimum of 500 copies distributed.

Last Update:
22-06-2015

Project Budget

Total Project Budget: 1.763.295,00

EC Funding: 878.047€

(49,8% of Total Project Budget)

LIFE09 ENV/GR/000300

Development of knowledge-based web services to promote and advance Industrial Symbiosis in Europe with the contribution of the financial instrument LIFE of the European Union
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