The George Boole Foundation

Appeal Information Pack

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The George Boole Institute Appeal

The George Boole Foundation has, as its central objective, the organization of The George Boole Institute as a centre to foster the recognition of the contributions of George Boole to modern society, through practical and useful means.

Institutes in the United Kingdom

In the United Kingdom, the word "Institute" is used by organizations when they conduct research at the highest level or are a professional body of the highest standing. In order to be to be registered there needs to be sufficient evidence that there is a need for such an institute and that it has appropriate regulations or examination standards. It is also necessary to provide evidence that the organization enjoys the support of other representative and independent bodies.

The proposed role of the Institute

It is the purpose of the George Boole Foundation to establish a useful role of the proposed Institute, avoiding duplication of work of other organizations and, in collaboration with representative and independent bodies, to shape an Institute organization proposal that will:

  • provide evidence of its role in contributing to research
  • explain how it will foster the professional proficiency of those involved in its activities
  • demonstrate adequate support from other representative and independent bodies
  • draw up appropriate regulations and administrative structure
A centre of excellence for innovation

In order to maximize the benefit to the British economy, and society as a whole, it is proposed that the George Boole Institute be a centre of excellence for innovation based upon the appropriate management of information and methods of inference for decision-making. Such decision analysis should be applied to all areas of human endeavour. Today, digital technologies and techniques, used to support decision analysis in the form of devices and software logic, represent an enormous potential for the promotion of productivity. There is a significant backlog in the process of applying state-of-the-art technology across most economic activities. There is a need to identify ways and means of accelerating the process of technological transfer and the take-up of appropriate technologies and techniques for the whole of the British economy to benefit more from such innovation .

A challenge facing the process of translation of ideas into practice is an issue of confidence. People have varying assessments of the probability of successful outcomes of actions arising from decisions. If people feel that the likelihood of success is low then they assess the investment to be one associated with risk. On the other hand, better-informed individuals might be more aware of the feasibility and consider such an activity to involve less risk, as a result, they are more likely to change their behaviour by engaging the process of innovation.

Extension service & demonstrations

Therefore in order to broaden and deepen the innovative front, throughout the British economy, there is a need for an extension service whereby new ideas are prototyped and proven to be feasible through demonstration. In this way a larger number of entities will have the opportunity to assess the utility, convenience and economy of innovations without any initial risk to themselves and then, on the basis of their assessment of the potential contribution of innovations to their activities, decide to progress with investment or otherwise.

Creating an institutional legacy

The George Boole Foundation was formed as a non-profit foundation to organize the establishment of the George Boole Institute. The proposed role of the Institute can be better understood by sponsors and financial supporters if they can observe examples of the likely practical benefits of the institution. Therefore in addition to managing the raising of funds, for The George Boole Institute Appeal, the Foundation will pursue four activities all within the frameork of the Decision Analysis Initiative launched in 2010 and now in its second phase 2015-2020:
  • The publication of reports of leading edge decision analysis applicaions
  • To identify and devlop analytical tools to provide specialised vertical support to design procedures as software as a service (SaaS) provisions
  • To develop and implement project cycle and portfolio services and analytical tools as software as a service (SaaS) provisions
  • Continued development of Open Quality Standards Initiative to continue to develop recommendations to promote high quality standards of project design procedures to improve project cycle and portfolio mangement in the fields of economic development, food and fibre production and innovation
These activities will be supported by meetings, committees, workshops, seminars, other fora and activities, the proceedings and outcomes of which will be reported on the website:

This practical approach should help improve the short to medium term benefits of this operation. This should help clarify the role and scope of activities of the Institute justifying the requests for support of the The George Boole Institute Appeal.

The George Boole Foundation & Boolean Society are sponsored by various entities