Experiences from Establishing Knowledge Management in a Joint Research Project

  • Sebastian Meyer
  • Anna Averbakh
  • Torsten Ronneberger
  • Kurt Schneider
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7343)


Joint research projects are create new knowledge and lessons learned from experience. A research project with several partners is a challenging environment for systematic reuse of knowledge and experience. Knowledge management is often considered overhead, with several tasks added to the workload of the project. This overhead can become overwhelming, since partners from academia and industry have different backgrounds, and may associate different goals and priorities with the project. Industry partners tend to follow strict security guidelines that hamper experience exchange. An extension of project duration is not possible in many publicly funded joint projects. In this paper, we describe our experiences from the initial phase of a major German joint research project with partners from academia and industry. We describe the applied techniques and the lessons learned during the first year the project. We derive conclusions and provide suggestions how to introduce knowledge and experience management in similar projects.


experience report case study joint research project knowledge management experience lifecycle 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sebastian Meyer
    • 1
  • Anna Averbakh
    • 1
  • Torsten Ronneberger
    • 2
  • Kurt Schneider
    • 1
  1. 1.Software Engineering GroupLeibniz Universität HannoverHannoverGermany
  2. 2.Audi AGIngolstadtGermany

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