Value-Added Research

Often, the goals of large-scale research projects include not only science and technology development but research on the frontier between the “hard” and the “social sciences”: technology forecasting, economic and social impact analysis, concept evaluation, analysis of data on user behavior and satisfaction, business and exploitation planning and so forth.

XiWrite specializes in this kind of value added research, providing our customers with our specialist know-how in data analysis and in forecasting, evaluation and business modeling modeling.

Recent research to which XiWrite has made a key contribution includes:
 
PASION (an EU project, under the IST-FET program) (2008): Coordination of work to investigate the ethical and societal implications of PASION technology, in particular with regards to privacy, the psychological impact of “augmented communication cues” and the risks of abuse in professional and non-professional environments
PASION (2008): development of a business development roadmap, identifying key project outputs, analyzing the potential competition, investigating Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats, and possible models for commercial exploitation.
PASION (2007): development of end-user scenarios, showing how Computer Mediated Communication can be “augmented” with information about users' emotional state, context and positioning within their “social network” and how this augmentation can improve user interaction in collaborative knowledge work and social gaming
SMS (2007 an EU project, under the IST-FET program): development of end-user scenarios, depicting a new open model of Simple Mobile Services, as easy to find, use and produce as the services provided by the World Wide Web
SMS (2007) development of Business Development scenarios, identifying alternative models for the introduction of Simple Mobile Services “in the wild” (advertising supported models, operator supported models)
SMS (2007) development of Business Development scenarios, identifying alternative models for the introduction of Simple Mobile Services “in the wild” (advertising supported models, operator supported models)
IST-FET PACE:(2005) Report on the IT potential of Programmable Artificial Cells.
WebMark ®: development, in collaboration with Gruppo Pragma Srl, of a methodology for the formative evaluation of commercial websites; application of the methodology for the evaluation of a number of commercial websites.
ISFOL: development of guidelines for evaluating the quality of educational software (ISFOL, 2004, Linee Guida per la Valutazione di Qualità del Software Didattico nell'E-Learning ).
CEDEFOP: study of innovative practices in e-learning (CEDEFOP, 2003, E-learning for teachers and trainers: Innovative practices, skills and competencies).