At *Research, we’re all about knowledge and innovation.
To start with, those two words are how we think of a piece of research—it’s an innovation in the world of knowledge.
They also define the two worlds we bring together—the world of knowledge in universities and the world of innovation in companies and society.
And they define the materials we work with. The articles we write, the data we compile—this is the knowledge we create. And we deliver it with innovation, using technology in smart ways.
And knowledge and innovation describe what we are, less a publishing company these days, more a hybrid of think tank and tech.
We take a global view. We range not only across the geography of continents but across the landscape of disciplines, taking in the sciences, social sciences and humanities. And we turn on this world the same quizzical, dispassionate, rigorous gaze that researchers focus on their disciplines.
What we see is that fragmentation is the enemy. It’s the barriers between people and institutions, divisions between disciplines, siloed software and the compartmentalisation of knowledge itself that slows us down. Clear these walls away and we can make the future, faster.
So we want to bring together research, researchers and the wider world. But not as so many have before, by colonising a space, planting our flag on it, putting up walls and extracting rents. In reality, that just means more fragmentation.
Instead, we choose the path of co-creation, which is like partnership but less rigid. We already have 600 of the world’s leading universities and research organisations as our customers. Let’s work with them to defragment the research world. Let’s build up a network of strong institutions where knowledge flows freely.
Take a look at *Unity, our new cloud collaboration platform and you’ll see what we mean. It’s open source software, owned and controlled by the community. It’s open to the entire world of education and research and will shortly be rolling out to around 2,000 leading institutions around the world. And each institution benefits from a data processing agreement ensuring that it controls its own data.
So we don’t own or control the software. And we don’t own or control the data. These things are at the core of *Unity—and are in the hands of the community itself. Our role is to be part of a bigger picture. We’re a catalyst that helps the network become better connected and knowledge to flow more freely.
You can sum up this approach in three words.
Knowledge Innovation Network.
This is our vision.