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Enabling the Web of Entities. A scalable and sustainable solution for systematic and global identifier reuse in decentralized information environments

Project description


Intelligent Content and Semantics

Entity identifiers should not be multiplied beyond necessity


Prepare to 'Okkamize'!

OKKAM will deliver a secure and privacy aware open source infrastructure to manage entity references. Just as the WWW enables a global decentralised network of documents, connected by hyperlinks, OKKAM will provide a global digital space for publishing and managing information about entities, where every entity is uniquely identified, entities can be reused across digital resources and links between entities can be explicitly specified and exploited in a variety of scenarios. OKKAMs repository of global identifiers is designed to support forms of information integration that are currently simply impossible. The entity-oriented approach to content and knowledge management will be validated in relevant applications in industries like scientific publishing, news and product support.

The OKKAM project aims at enabling the Web of Entities, a virtual space where any collection of data and information about any type of entities (e.g. people, locations, organizations, events, artifacts, ...) published on the Web can be integrated into a single virtual, decentralized, open knowledge base, just like the Web did for hypertexts.

OKKAM will contribute to this vision by supporting the convergence towards the use of a single and globally unique identifier for any entity which is named on the Web. The intuition of the project is that the concrete realization of the Web of Entities requires that we enable tools and practices for cutting to the root the proliferation of unnecessary new identifiers for naming the entities which already have a public identifier ('OKKAM's razor'). Therefore, OKKAM will make available to content creators, editors and developers a global infrastructure and a collection of new tools and plugins which support them to easily find public identifiers for the entities named in their contents/services, use them for creating annotations, build new network-based services which make essential use of these identifiers in an open environment (like the Web or large Intranets).

To realize this vision, OKKAM has the following roadmap:

1. providing a scalable and sustainable infrastructure, called the Entity Name System (ENS), for making the systematic reuse of global and unique entity identifiers not only possible, but easy and straightforward. The ENS will be a distributed service which permanently stores identifiers for entities and provides a collection of core services (e.g. entity matching, ID mapping and resolution) needed to support their pervasive reuse;

2. bootstrapping and enabling the fast growth of Web of Entities by fostering the creation of OKKAMized content (i.e. content where entities are named or annotated with OKKAM IDs) in OKKAM-empowered applications (i.e. applications which can interact with the ENS for getting and reusing identifiers);

3. showcasing the benefits of enabling the Web of Entities and, more in general, of an entity-oriented approach to content and knowledge management by building relevant applications on top of the new infrastructure in three important areas: information retrieval and semantic search, content authoring (more specifically, in scientific publishing and news production) and organizational knowledge management.

The impact of the proposed infrastructure cannot be easily overestimated. Not only it will provide a general service for entity-level integration of virtually any type of data and service into the global Web of Entities; but it will also provide the solid foundation for a whole generation of new applications and services which will benefit from the use of global identifiers in large collections of OKKAMized content and data.


 

Call for proposal

FP7-ICT-2007-1
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Coordinator

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI TRENTO
Address
Via Calepina 14
38122 Trento
Italy
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 831 772
Administrative Contact
Micaela Amico (Dr.)

Participants (11)

TECH TOUR EUROPE SA
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 191 796
Address
Avenue Des Arts 56
1000 Bruxelles
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Roland Nobels (Mr.)
ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 641 004
Address
Batiment Ce 3316 Station 1
1015 Lausanne
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
René-Pierre Bonvin (Mr.)
SAP SE
Germany
EU contribution
€ 672 961
Address
Dietmar Hopp Allee 16
69190 Walldorf
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Frank Gottfried (Dr.)
GOTTFRIED WILHELM LEIBNIZ UNIVERSITAET HANNOVER
Germany
EU contribution
€ 716 304
Address
Welfengarten 1
30167 Hannover
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Uwe Thaden (Dr.)
UNIVERSIDAD DE MALAGA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 231 216
Address
Avda Cervantes, Num. 2
29016 Malaga
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Antonio Maña Gomez (dr)
INMARK ESTUDIOS Y ESTRATEGIAS SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 233 157
Address
Av Llano Castellano 43
28010 Madrid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Sabina Guaylupo (Ms)
NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND GALWAY
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 435 040
Address
University Road
H91 Galway
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Maria Smyth (Ms)
THE NATIONAL MICROELECTRONICS APPLICATIONS CENTRE LTD
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 350 700
Address
Suparule House, Lonsdale Road National Technologicy Park
. Limerick
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
John O'Flaherty (Dr.)
AGENZIA ANSA - AGENZIA NAZIONALE STAMPA ASSOCIATA - SOCIETA COOPERATIVA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 271 608
Address
Via Della Dataria 94
00187 Roma
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
antonio saracino (dr.)
EXPERT.AI S.P.A.
Italy
EU contribution
€ 453 643
Address
Via Fortunato Zeni 8
38068 Rovereto
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Marco Varone (Dr.)
ELSEVIER BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 95 799
Address
Radarweg 29
1043NX Amsterdam
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Anita de Waard (Drs.)