The University of Southampton


Interaction with Knowledge and semantics

The Innovation Base is a structured place to share models of higher education. They can be any type of model including use cases, scenarios, models of processes and information models; and they can be in any format including images of drawings, text descriptions and formal models created in a language such as BPMN, UML or Archimate.

The aims of the Innovation Base (IB) are to:

  • Act as a structured central location for the deposit of models of higher education.
  • Support sharing of models in order to reduce duplication of effort and help the community to identify common processes that may justify shared services or common action.
  • Help project teams and programmes to share the outputs of projects in ways in which people can make better user of them.

What makes the Innovation Base different from previous attempts to produce models is it's agnosticism as to the method or approach that was used to create the knowledge that it holds. For example the IB can take knowledge that has been generated from role analysis using the Higher Education Role Analysis (HERA) method, information on enterprise architectures created using The Open Group Architecture Framework (TOGAF) method or developments using agile development methods.

It is specifically designed to enable users to add information that they have, in the form in which they have it. This might be a sketch of a business process through to a full enterprise architecture model in a formal notation.

The IB offers depositors some support for the modelling that they are undertaking by offering guidance for producing modelling constructs such as the development of business process models, information models, use cases and scenarios.

Primary investigator

Secondary investigator


  • University of Manchester

Associated research group

  • Learning Societies Lab
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