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Advanced technologies for interoperability of heterogeneous enterprise networks and their applications


Increasing collaboration among enterprises during the entire product lire cycle is a global trend; Organizations are transforming themselves into "networked organizations". To achieve this, enterprise systems and applications need to be interoperable in order to achieve seamless business interaction across organizational boundaries. Currently, enterprises face many difficulties related to lack of interoperability. Interoperability, defined as "the ability of two or more systems or components to exchange information and to use the information that has been exchanged", needs to be addressed in respect of all layers of an enterprise (including ICT Systems, Knowledge, Business and Semantics). It needs to be tackled using a holistic perspective, a multi-disciplinary approach, and by bringing together the best research teams, industry expertise and ICT suppliers.

ATHENA aims to be the most comprehensive and systematic European research initiative in IT to remove barriers to interoperability, to transfer and apply the research results in industrial sectors, and to foster a new- networked business culture. Building on its vision statement "By 2010, enterprises will be able to seamlessly interoperate with others", ATHENA aims to enable interoperability by providing a comprehensive Interoperability Framework. In ATHENA, Research and Development will be executed in synergy and collaboration with Community Building: research will be guided by business requirements defined by a broad range of industrial sectors and integrated into Piloting and Training. ATHENA will be a source of technical inventions for interoperability. It will also lead to prototypes, technical specifications, guidelines and best practices that form a common European repository of knowledge.

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