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Title : Knowledge Technologies in IST-FP6

Knowledge Technologies 2002-2006.

Knowledge Technologies (KT) is part of the 3,600 Meuros Information Society Technologies thematic priority in the EU's sixth Framework Programme 2002-2006 . IST addresses the vision of ambient intelligence , in which "people will be surrounded by intelligent and intuitive interfaces embedded in everyday objects around us and an environment recognising and responding to the presence of individuals in an invisible way" (ERCIM News ). KT will specifically research advanced ways to improve the flow of knowledge across the emerging Webs and networks, whether it is embedded in multimedia content or implicit in human communications.

Consultations on FP6

Knowledge Technologies formed an integral part of the consultations on the IST programme. As early as 2001, the IST Industry Advisory Group (ISTAG) had identified context- and semantic-based systems as key enabling technologies in the ambient intelligence vision. Later ISTAG reports stressed knowledge technologies, including content-based image retrieval, Semantic Web, Knowledge GRID, Digital content management, Ontologies and Knowledge Management. The first specific Programme Consultation Meeting (PCM -10) on Knowledge technologies in April 2001 identified a number of important challenges for future EU research.

More recently, a workshop bringing together some 80 experts was held on 15-16 May 2002, providing many ideas for the RTD agenda and workprogramme. The FP6 Expression of Interest in Summer 2002 yielded over 120 submissions directly related to Knowledge Technologies and proposing outlines of Integrated Projects and Networks of Excellence on two main themes: Semantic Web and intelligent Web services and Knowledge modelling and reasoning in science and industry processes.

A longer-term view of Knowledge Technologies - going into the next decade €“ emerged from an expert workshop held on 27-28 June 2002.

Funding opportunities in FP6

The first IST Call for Proposals is expected to be launched in December 2002, with a closing date probably in late April 2003. It will include Knowledge Technologies .

The second Call will be launched later in 2003 and will include Digital Content Technologies.

These calls will be based on the 2003-2004 IST Workprogramme , which is currently (October 2002) being finalised.

What can a proposer apply for in Knowledge technologies?

Knowledge Technologies will call for two main research themes:

  • Theme 1: Semantic-enabled systems and services for the next-generation "Webs"
  • Theme 2: Knowledge-based adaptive systems

Within these themes, proposers may focus on one or more research approaches:

  • Foundational research and infrastructures
  • Component-level research
  • Systems-level integration and showcase applications.

Proposers may also apply for:

  • training of researchers and users
  • best practice and dissemination
  • use of joint communications facilities (for Networks of Excellence)
  • Etc

usually within an Integrated Project or Network of Excellence, as appropriate.

Specific Support Activities aimed at the programme as a whole will also be possible. IMPORTANT : proposers should check which FP6 Instrument is most appropriate to their situation.

What should a proposer do next?

Basically three things can be done at present, before the Call publication:

- prepare the scientific / technical substance of the proposal in outline. Consult the documentation, Web sites and participate in information days and other related events.

An Infoday on Knowledge Technologies was held on 23-24 th October 2002 in Luxembourg with some 300+participants

Infoday related documentation

- Ensure that you have the right material for the Call for Proposals.

- Prepare the outline finance and administrative package. FP6 brings in new funding Instruments - the so-called Integrated Projects, Networks of Excellence, Specific Targeted Research Projects etc. Whilst these are not yet finalised, the main principles already require careful studying.

- Prepare your partnerships. Choice of partners is a crucial issue and can take a long time to arrange. If in search for new partners, consult the IST National Contact Points or the new Cordis Partner-search database which already has some 1000 entries.

1. Over 130 expressions of interest are now published on Cordis Web site in the area of Knowledge and Interface Technologies. Each entry contains a short description of the subject area, partner, country and type of project. Topics include semantics systems, Web services, content-based multimedia analysis, optimisation methods, design management, business R&D, virtual information resources, search engines and more. Turn to /eoi/ and click on the thematic priority 1.1.2.iv Knowledge and Interface Technologies .

2. Over 750 individual offers for partner search in the general FP6-IST area are also available. Keyword searches reveal for example knowledge management / technology, semantics, interactive media, intelligent agents, web services etc. See the search facility at /partners/

3. There is also another initiative grouping all NCPs aiming at supporting partner search.Among it's activities are a ctive partner search targeted at specific calls and tasks as well as international partner brokerage events .

What is done so far?

Over 40 projects are currently running in the IST programme under Information Access and Filtering which underpin some of these themes, especially in the Semantic Web area. (Project Synopses can also be found at .)

Where do I find more information?


Last updated: 13|02|2003

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