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Information and knowledge fusion

The aim is to develop a distributed infrastructure and
services system (ikf framework) with appropriate toolkits
and techniques, for knowledge discovery/fusion and
presentation in different application areas.

The IKF projects aims at developing a 'Distributed Infrastructure and Services System' (IKF framework) with appropriate toolkits and techniques for Information Discovery in a multi-source distributed environment and Knowledge Extraction, Fusion and Representation in order to provide advanced applications for different domains in the area of 'Knowledge Management' (KM). The ultimate goal of building the common 'horizontal' IKF Technological Framework, as an open, modular and scalable architecture will be achieved through the development of a set of 'vertical' applications, in which the Information- Knowledge Fusion will be applied to selected domains: these 'IKF Application Frameworks' will demonstrate both the value of the tools and the techniques under development and the effectiveness of the solutions provided for Knowledge Management in specific business areas. The IKF project encompasses several advanced functionalities: - the distributed sources of information it deals with can be structured (like DB-DW relations and tables, workflow process data, etc.), semi-structured (e.g. tagged XML) or unstructured such as free texts in natural language; - the Intelligent Retrieval Subsystem will be Agent-based and Domain-Ontology-Driven; - the Knowledge Representation Subsystem will support Link Elicitation, Knowledge Extraction and Fusion, Inference Management and other innovative KM functions, specifically created to suit different application domains. It will be based on different methods, such as semantic networks with a general 'Reference Ontology' which will be directly linked to specific 'Domain Ontologies'; - the Interface Subsystem will be typically web-browser based with some innovative functionalities, some of which are based on Virtual Reality solutions. One of the crucial points of the IKF project will be to strike a balance between a domain-dependent development and the implementation of a general, re-useable set of tools: this objective will be achieved while pursuing domain- specific applications by a constant generalisation effort throughout the project. Collaboration with end-users right from the outset will be a strategic component of the IKF approach. The Italian IKF sub-consortium in particular, which shares a large part of the total IKF effort, has focused on an "Application Management Environment' as one of its objectives in order to utilize a sort of 'Application Builder Assistant' to customize and package the IKF tools for a specific application. The different IKF applications, strongly supported by eight end-users in six European countries, cover a wide range of important areas: - finance - insurance - banking regulations - healthcare - legal information - training & education - e-commerce/search engines - the industrial environment. The expected results in terms of Knowledge Management Applications will provide a new generation of re-useable products, based on intelligent, decision-support systems helping the different users to benefit from multi- disciplinary data and information and behaviour-based/self- organising Knowledge Systems. The Domain diversification is also important to guarantee the validation of the general IKF infrastructure, inside a specific application of a National IKF sub-project: each National IKF sub-consortium contributes to the development of specific parts of the general IKF Framework, implementing inside its own IKF environment, new modules, integrating and customizing components that are already available on the market or delivered during the project by other IKF partners. The IKF Consortium covers over 10 System Developers in 6 European countries, responsible for the implementation of the prototypes and exploitation of the results. The objectives reflect mainly the industrial strategies of these System Developers, who will be supported by a large technology contribution from Universities and Research Centres (acting as IKF Technology Providers). The IKF EUREKA project is related to the Information Society Technology (IST) theme inside the 5th Framework Programme of EU RTD 1998-2002. The references are: - Key Action IV Essential Technologies and Infrastructure - RTD Priority in 1999: IV.3 (Technologies and engineering for software, systems and services) - Action Line IV.3.3 (Methods and Tools for Intelligence and Knowledge Sharing). In particular strong collaboration will be established between the EUREKA IKF project and the project 'MACROntology' of the 5th Framework Programme which has just been submitted under the 19th March call. MACROntology will be coordinated by the Italian LADSEB-CNR of Padua, an official Technology Provider for the Italian IKF sub-consortium as well. Planned deliverables from MACROntology to IKF are: * the 'Reference Ontology' with lexical links for the Italian and English language; * 'Ontology-driven conceptual modelling' methodology; * 'Ontology-driven Information Retrieval technology'; * 'Domain Ontologies for clinical and biological data'. On the other hand, the IKF partners will contribute to the validation processes of the MACROntology results, mainly for the finance and healthcare areas. Keywords: information, knowledge, ontology, e-commerce.
Project ID: 
2 235
Start date: 
01-04-2000
Project Duration: 
69months
Project costs: 
14 140 000.00€
Technological Area: 
Knowledge Management, Process Management
Market Area: 
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