The first step for the development of the KMS was to form a small team of energy efficiency experts and conduct contact a market analysis of the sector. A list of 303 experts from various fields (building, transport, industry, lighting, district energy, finance) was created and given a survey. The survey was answered by 76 people (25.08%) (Figure 1)
The two most critical questions covered by the survey were:
1. Do you currently use a Knowledge Management System for information related to energy efficiency?
Most of the experts are not using a dedicate Energy Efficiency knowledge system.
If the answer was no we asked a clarification question:
What should be included in the Knowledge Management System on energy efficiency?
Most of the experts are interested in finding information on best practices, policies and publications.
2.Would it be beneficial to have an accessible database of experts on Energy Efficiency?
Almost 90% believe that it would be beneficial for their work/research to access a database on Energy Efficiency experts.
If the answer was yes we asked a clarification question:
Please specify the area of interest:
Most of the experts are interested in Energy Efficiency in buildings, industry and finance. From the response, it is not possible to determine the experts’ area of interest in order to balance the results.
The next step was to design the architecture of the system. Based on content inputs, a System Requirements Specification (SRS) document was created. The purpose of the SRS is to help translate the ideas into a formal document and it forms the basis for the product development. A good system requirement document reduces the development costs and provides a reference for the validation of the delivered system.