FUNSIECProject reference: 42059
Funded under: IS-ECONTENT
Feasibility study for a unified Semantic infrastructure in the European construction sector [Print to PDF] [Print to RTF]
Total cost:Not available
EU contribution:EUR 200 000
Topic(s):AL2 - Action Line 2: Enhancing content production in a multilingual and multicultural environment
Funding scheme:DEF - Definition Phase Project
The general aim of the FUNSIEC project was to study the feasibility of building and maintaining an Open Semantic Infrastructure for the European Construction Sector (OSIECS) at a technical, organisational and business level. Such an infrastructure was to be built by gathering semantic resources devoted to the construction sector in different languages, including public results produced by international initiatives and EC-funded projects.
OSIECS was made available to content and service providers, as well as to other actors in the construction area, to help them exploit fully the advantages of Construction-oriented semantic-based e-resources. In order to develop OSIECS, the work to be carried out in FUNSIEC followed major trends and strategies currently in place in Europe on the one hand and, on the other hand, it was likely to be a good mechanism to provide answers to the business needs related to the use of what is named Semantic Resource (SR) in FUNSIEC. A Semantic Resource is a generic term used to refer to dictionaries, taxonomies, ontologies and other similar types of resources where semantics play a crucial role.
FUNSIEC work was based on four major points, namely:
1. State of the art survey: analysis and evaluation of the current situation in Europe regarding standards (official/de facto), classification systems, taxonomies, ontologies and the related technologies and tools currently available;
2. Services characterisation: description of the electronic services that could represent a benefit for the construction organisations. Some examples of such services are the following: publication and management of electronic catalogues of products, standard-based search of construction products across multiple catalogues (one single query, several searches through multiple catalogues), and ontology-based search of knowledge;
3. Partnerships: on the one hand, this was related to the identification of the more representative organisations in Europe that must work together in order to produce OSIECS. On the other hand, this included the setting-up of a set of procedures (likely supported by rules of cooperation, formal organisational models and tools) aiming at enabling small (but not less important) organisations and their respective resources/initiatives (e.g. regional dictionaries) to be incorporated as part of the FUNSIEC framework; and finally
4. Implementation plan: the various actions required to foment the cooperation among the institutions identified for the partnership, taking as input the analysis of the state of the art and the added-value services to be built upon OSIECS.
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