Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz - Switzerland
Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz FHNW (University of Applied Sciences North-western Switzerland) was established as a merger of three well-established universities at January 1st, 2006. FHNW is composed of 9 schools each having several institutes. FHNW is engaged in four product areas: (1) degree courses, (2) adult education, (3) services and consultancy and (4) applied research and development. The transfer of new technologies and ideas into practical use affording advantages for companies, organisations, society and people is a main objective of FHNW. In the plugIT project, the Institute for Information Systems IWI, which is part of FHNW’s School of Business, will be involved. It has a strong partner network mainly consisting of Swiss SMEs and public administrations and is involved in national and international research activities. Business process oriented knowledge management with a specific focus on applications of semantic technologies is a core research area of IWI. In this area, it has also been involved in the IST projects OntoGov (Ontology-enabled e-Gov service configuration), FIT (Fostering self-adaptive e-Government Service Improvement using Semantic Technologies) and MATURE (Continous Social Learning in Knowledge Networks).