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Tech Mining Success Stories

Monday, April 11, 2011

Alan L. Porter and Nils C. Newman, Search Technology, Inc. (CIMS Technology Management Report, pp 17-19, Spring 2011)

"Tech mining is an essential tool for enabling open innovation," wrote Alan L. Porter in the Spring 2011 CIMS Technology Management Report.  He detailed in that article how Tech Mining can help managers in the biotech industry search research publications for answers to "who, what,when,and where?" questions.  Porter and his Search Technology, Inc, colleague Nils C. Newman cull the literature for examples of tech mining successes outside of strictly academic research.  They illustrate the progress being made in applying tech mining more broadly, and also point toward applying these capabilities to the identification of potential technology innovation pathways.  

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To see other CIMS articles written by Porter, et.al, please visit: http://cims.ncsu.edu/index.php/newsletters and search for "Porter".

Tech Mining - Exploiting New Technologies for Competitive Advantage

TechMiningBookCoverWiley's Series in Systems Engineering and Management, John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (2005)

Alan L. Porter and Scott W. Cunningham

Tech Mining makes exploitation of text databases meaningful to those who can gain from derived knowledge about emerging technologies. It begins with the premise that we have the information, the tools to exploit it, and the need for the resulting knowledge.


The information provided puts new capabilities at the hands of technology managers. Using the material present, these managers can identify and access the most valuable technology information resources (publications, patents, etc.); search, retrieve, and clean the information on topics of interest; and lower the costs and enhance the benefits of competitive technological intelligence operations.

Preprint: Mining External R&D

Friday, January 7, 2011

Alan L. Porter and Nils C. Newman, Search Technology, Inc. (to appear in Technovation, Volume 31, Issue 4, pp 171-176, April 2011)

Abstract - Open Innovation presses the case for timely and thorough intelligence concerning research and development activities conducted outside one’s organization. To take advantage of this wealth of R&D, one needs to establish a systematic “tech mining” process. We propose a 5-stage framework that extends literature review into research profiling and pattern recognition to answer posed technology management questions. 

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