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Intelligent modular open source Platform for intercultural and cross-domain SME Networks

Intelligent modular open source Platform for intercultural and cross-domain SME Networks

Objective

Growing demand for development of products of higher quality and variety within an international environment characterized by fierce competition has put in particular SMEs in front of a number of significant challenges such as: how best to design and innovate, how to understand constantly shifting customer needs, how to produce the products that meet those needs within tight budget and time constraints.

Forming international networks through co-operation between companies (virtual organisations) of different engineering domains has become an important business strategy for SMEs to respond to these challenges. This brings about the prospect of ad hoc integration of systems across organisational boundaries to support collaborations that may last for a single transaction or evolve dynamically over many years. The dynamic character of the collaboration sets new requirements for scalability, responsiveness and adaptability that necessitate the on-demand creation and self-management of dynamically evolving virtual organisations spanning national and enterprise borders, where the participating entities (enterprises or individuals) pool resources, information and knowledge in order to achieve common objectives.

IMPORTNET will be a radical invention in the area of cross-enterprise interoperability between proprietary systems and cooperation across engineering domains through the ontology based sharing of knowledge. The project aims to promote breakthrough research and technological developments on "Providing an open-source environment and operative models for digital business ecosystems for SMEs". The development of an open source semantic integration framework aims to facilitate an affordable cross-organisational co-operation for SMEs and will operate in dynamically changing work environments. The framework forms the basis for an open and participatory environment that offers various applications to support the set-up of and work in networked organisations.

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Coordinator

UNIVERSITAET KARLSRUHE (TH)

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Kaiserstrasse 12
76131 Karlsruhe

Germany

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Participants (11)

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ALKALMAZOTT LOGIKAI LABORATORIUM KUTATO FEJLESZTO SZOVETKEZET

Hungary

CADCAM-DESIGN CENTAR D.O.O.

Croatia

FATMAN OY

Finland

FLAME-TAO KNOWARE PRIVATE LIMITED

India

IPLON GMBH - THE INFRANET COMPANY

Germany

PDTEC GMBH

Germany

PROLON CONTROL SYSTEMS APS

Denmark

SALZBURG RESEARCH FORSCHUNGSGESELLSCHAFT M.B.H.

Austria

SIASUN ROBOT & AUTOMATION CO.,LTD.

China

THE UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE

United Kingdom

TSINGHUA UNIVERSITY

China

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 033610

  • Start date

    1 July 2006

  • End date

    30 June 2009

Funded under:

FP6-IST

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 518 050

  • EU contribution

    € 2 225 000

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITAET KARLSRUHE (TH)

Germany