With current web technology the computer is used as a device for rendering information for the human reader only. Providing actual support in information processing and information exchange requires machine-processable semantics of data and information. This is precisely the goal of the Semantic Web. Based on Ontologies, the computer will be enabled as a device for querying and managing semi-structured information. Recent complementary efforts try to lift the web to a new level of service based on integrating it with computational aspects. Software programs can be accessed and executed via the web based on the idea of Web Services, which can significantly increase the Web architecture's potential by providing a way of automated program communication, discovery of services, etc.
The major mission of DIP is to further develop Semantic Web and Web Services and especially to enable their combination. Web Services are the proper means to access semantically enriched data and semantic enrichment of Web Services is essential for their scalability and maturity. This new area is called Semantic Web Services. Semantic Web Service technology will allow structural and semantic definitions of documents providing completely new possibilities in knowledge management, Enterprise Application Integration, and eCommerce.
Semantic Web Services will provide a new infrastructure for eWork and eCommerce, just as the telephone did a century ago, based on its ability to provide semantic processing of data, information, and processes. DIP will develop this technology and will focus on applications in eWork and eCommerce including sub topics such as Knowledge Management, Enterprise Application Integration and eGoverment. DIP'S mission is to make Semantic Web Services a reality, providing an infrastructure (i.e. an architecture and tools) that will revolutionize data and process integration in eWork, and eCommerce as the web did it for human access.
Funding SchemeIP - Integrated Project
EC1A 7AJ London
CM1 1JZ Chelmsford, Essex
08190 Sant Cugat Del Valles (Barcelona)
CO3 3SE Colchester
MK7 6AA Milton Keynes