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2005-2006 Work Programme

2.5.5 Software and Services


To support the competitive position of European software industry (notably SMEs) in more globalised and service-oriented markets. This requires advanced capabilities in the engineering and management of software systems, services and applications and is to be addressed by creating and extending open and interoperable platforms, methodologies, middleware, standards and tools. The results will enable the design and management of complex software systems and, particularly, the simple and low-cost creation of new types of services and applications, including those for the mobile user.


  1. Research on the engineering, management and provision of services and software, incorporating ambient intelligence-based features such as dynamic composability and adaptability, context awareness, autonomy and semantic interoperability.

    Instruments: IPs, NoEs, STREPs

  2. Principles, methodologies and tools for design, management and simulation of complex software systems, viewing the user as part of the system.

    Instruments: IPs, STREPs

  3. Research into technologies specifically supporting the development, deployment, evolution and benchmarking of open source software. Investigation into the use of open source models for improving software engineering. This investigation should be based on agreed indicators of productivity and quality and result in a measurement of the economic impact of OSS.

    Instruments: IPs, STREPs

  4. Foundational and applied research to enable the creation of software systems with properties such as self-adaptability, flexibility, robustness, dependability and evolvability. Emphasis should be on high level methods and concepts (especially at requirements and architectural level) for system design, development and integration, testing, light/agile methodologies, collaborative and distributed development; end-user development.

    Instruments: NoEs, STREPs

  5. Support actions contributing to the achievement of this strategic objective or, in particular, studying the evolution of the software industry into service-based organisations and identifying strategies, and technological roadmaps: These actions should help reduce fragmentation of research effort and build a critical mass of support for consensual action and agenda-setting.

    Instruments: SSAs, CAs

Support for interoperability should be promoted through the use, extension and creation of open standards. Support for the widest possible use of results may be promoted through the use, extension and creation of open source software where appropriate.

Priority will be given to projects in which strong industrial users join forces with software and service suppliers in building common platforms and applications with support of academic research partners. These projects should include clear demonstration of the industrial usability of results through take-up activities. Foundational research should, in particular, pave the way for applied research in later framework programmes.

Work should, where appropriate, enhance and complement ERA activities. Within the software sector, dynamic SMEs play a vital role in bringing the benefits of the Information Society to fruition. International cooperation, notably with China or India, especially in the field of free and open source software, is welcome. Cooperation with ITEA and other national programmes should be considered where necessary.

See above
Indicative budget:
IPs, NoEs: 60%; STREPs, CAs, SSAs: 40%
Call information:
IST Call 5

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