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Technologies for Information Management

ICT Challenge 4: Technologies for Digital Content and Languages

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Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) is the largest single research area within the European Union's 7th Framework Programme (FP7) for research and development, with 9.1 billion EUR funding over seven years.

This section of the FP7 ICTWeb site brings together more details on the strategic objectives in the area of Technologies for Information Management , and further references to useful information and key documents.


The ICT Work Programme 2013 has been published. Our activities are focused on Challenge 4: Technologies for Digital Content and Languages:

Research aims and focus:

Research topics under Challenge 4 focuses on:
– exploring and testing new approaches, methodes and techniques to extract, interpret and exploit information from unstructured multilingual and/or multimedia sources, yielding actionable knowledge;
– developing and testing in realistic operating conditions new algorithms and software frameworks to analyse, interact and visualize extremly large volumes of data in real time;
– supporting Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) developing innovative applications in structured and unstructured digital content management and, particularly, in the reuse of open data.

Objective 4.3: SME initiative on analytics (Call SME DCA)

Objective 4.2: Scalable data analytics (Call 11)

The ICT Work Programme 2011-2012 has been published. Our activities are focused on Challenge 4: Technologies for Digital Content and Languages:

Research aims and focus:

Research topics under Challenge 4 focuses on:
– easing and speeding up the creation of added value, in particular by SMEs, using resources that are today too burdensome to acquire or complex to use; putting the ability to create quality content and innovative services within the reach of individuals and small organisations by lowering skill and cost barriers,
– allowing people to access and use online content and services across language barriers, in their preferred language,
– ensuring complete reliability of retrieval and use of digital resources across applications and platforms over time, and design digital content natively engineered for obsolescence avoidance,
– scaling up data analysis to keep pace with the rate of growth of data streams and collections and enable novel forms of real time intelligence that only become possible on extremely large data volumes.

Objective 4.1: SME initiative on Digital Content (Call SME DCL)

For further information about the strategic objective ICT-2011.4.1 – SME initiative on Digital Content and Languages, see the dedicated page .

Objective 4.4: Intelligent Information Management (Call 8)

For further information about the strategic objective ICT-2011.4.4 – Intelligent Information Management, see the dedicated page .


The Work Programme for 2009-2010 addressed Intelligent Information Management with the focus on large data.

Objective 4.3: Intelligent Information Management

The Work Programme 2009-2010 included two calls for proposals. For Challenge 4: Intelligent Information Management more specifically FP7 ICT Call 5 .

Research aims and focus:

Research topics covered under this theme are creation of intelligent digital objects and knowledge management, supporting knowledge exchange, and 'semantic web'.

The focus is on issues and activities which deal with more effective and efficient management of extremely large scale data.


The ICT Research Work Programme for 2007-2008 marked the start of FP7. The work programme focus on key areas where Europe has competitive advantages and established strengths: communications, electronics and photonics, and software systems and architecture. It also aims to ensure that ICT research benefits not only the European economy but also society by improving everyday life in areas such as transport, energy efficiency and healthcare.

Objective 4.2: Intelligent Content and Semantics

The Work Programme 2007-2008 included three calls for proposals. For Challenge 4: Intelligent Content and Semantics more specifically FP7 ICT Call 1 and FP7 ICT Call 3 .

Research aims and focus:

Research topics covered under this theme are Intelligent content creation and management, and Knowledge discovery and handling.

Research is aimed at the intersection of multimedia engineering, web technologies and social networks, and knowledge representation and reasoning. It will maximise automation of the content and knowledge lifecycle in support of existing activities, and novel opportunities in the respective domains.

Novel approaches and techniques are solicited for empowering creative usages and enabling interactive experiences based on an understanding of the content itself. Semantic-based methods are seen as a means for extracting actionable knowledge from massive data sets and providing complex and yet flexible, interoperable services.

The overall objective is to empower content and knowledge workers by automating the creation/capture, analysis/interpretation, manipulation/integration of content and knowledge. On one hand, the outcome will result in highly interactive and personalised content products, and on the other hand, on greater efficiency in querying and interpretation of massive amounts of distributed information.


Useful links and key documents


The Work Programme is presented in more detail at different Informations Days, Networking Events and Conferences, and the most important ones are listed on the FP7 Forums page .


- In the Paper: Towards the FP7 ICT Work Programme 2009-2010 ( 56KB ) you can find the outcome of the public consultation on future research directions and priorities beyond 2008 (held in the first quarter of 2008).

- A public consultation on efficient handling of data overflow was launched in October 2009. You can find the results and conclusions of this public consultation in the Document: Work-Programme 2011-2012, External Consultations 2009-2010 ( 31.1KB ).


  • Challenge 4 - Work Programme 2011-2012 - Excerpts SME initiative , Excerpts Intelligent Information Management .
    Challenge 4 - Work Programme 2009-2010 - Background .
  • Commissioner Reding and the Personal Sphere : Citizens' privacy must become priority in digital age, says EU Commissioner Reding (Press release IP/09/571, Brussels, 14 April 2009)
    The Europeans' control over how their personal information is being used is of great importance, pointed out Viviane Reding, the European Union's Commissioner for Information Society and Media. The Commissioner gave as examples the social networking companies that should reinforce privacy protection online and also the use of Radio Frequency IDentification (RFID), the smart chips integrated in products to send radio signals.
  • ISTAG Report: New Business Sectors in Information and Communication Technologies, The Content Sector as a case study ( 202KB ) - A report, prepared by the Information Society Technologies Advisory Group (ISTAG) (September 2007)
    This report aims to recommend actions that target the stimulation of innovation and economic growth in new business sectors in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). It surveys opportunities offered at a time of unprecedented technological change. It then presents an analysis of impediments and puts forward a series of recommendations to ensure a profitable future for the sectors involved and a competitive position for Europe.
  • Interactive content and convergence: Implications for the information society ( 2.805KB ) - A Study for the DG Information Society and Media by Screen Digest Ltd, CMS Hasche Sigle, Goldmedia Gmbh, Rightscom Ltd. (October 2006)
    The aim of the study was to identify and assess the impact of the potential economic, technical and legal roadblocks that may hinder the exploitation of digital content (television programmes, radio, music, movies, games, publishing), across new distribution platforms and technologies. The study was also required to provide data and economic forecasts of the different markets for digital content.
  • Complementary tracks on Creativity & Design, entertainment, games etc.
    The unit 'Networked Media Systems' has organized workshops on the technological questions of content creation and specifically the technological challenges of Digital Cinema (Please link from ' Digital Cinema ') (June 2006) and game development (April 2006). These issues play a key role in the positioning of the EU in the ICT sector in the years to come. The workshop and presentations on Digital Cinema acted as a wide consultation mechanism in the field of digital cinema and involved stakeholders from the entire value chain. The outcome of the workshop and presentations on Game development technologies and networking could be subject to research objectives in future research programs and political initiatives.
  • The 'Creative Sector' – An engine for diversity, growth and jobs in Europe .
    An overview of research findings and debates prepared for the European Cultural Foundation. (September 2005)
    The paper asks, how the arts and the culture / media industries could contribute to the general goal 'Growth and Employment' of the renewed EU Community Lisbon Programme (July 2005). It defines the scope of a 'Creative Sector' from a European perspective and discusses recent research findings and debates, in addition to drawing some conclusions for future action.
  • The ' ICT in FP7 At A Glance ' ( 172KB ) and ' FP7 Tomorrow's answers start today ' ( 1.589KB ) for you who are looking for a general overview.

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