The WI-WE Bank is an interactive Web 2.0 environment interconnecting knowledge on wild cards and weak signals (WI-WE) potentially shaping or shaking the future of science, technology and innovation in Europe.
Users and visitors of the WI-WE Bank will be able to:
So far we have mapped 14165 wild cards and 18996 weak signals (a total of 33161 WI-WE). From these, 32343 are nominated and 818 are further discussed using three levels of characterisation: basic (416); advanced (180); and fully-fledged (257).
To produce the WI-WE Bank, the iKNOW Project has combined several methods, including:
We used Web 2.0 tools so as to promote a bottom-up process whereby different stakeholders are capable of capturing and assessing the relevance of a wide range of wild cards and weak signals (WI-WE). However, in order to pilot and populate the system with high quality entries, the 2009 WI-WE mapping has been more of a top-down process carried out by leading foresight practitioners in six institutions: PREST Institute of Innovation Research of the University of Manchester (UK), Finland Futures Research Centre (Finland), Z_punkt (Germany), RTC North (UK), Technology Centre of the Academy of Sciences (Czech Republic) and the Interdisciplinary Centre for Technology Analysis and Forecasting (Israel).