Funding strategies for the Semantic Web: current activities and future trends in the European Union

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Funding strategies for the Semantic
Web: current activities and future
trends in the European Union

Stefano Bertolo, European Commission

DG Information Society and Media, Unit E2

stefano.bertolo@cec.eu.int


European Semantic Web Conference

Heraklion, 31 May 2005



Presentation outline


Current Semantic Web activities


FP6 Call 1 and 2


Future Semantic Web activities


FP6 Call 4


FP6 Call 5


FP6 Call 6


FP7


Strategies


Understand what we are asking for and why


Understand how we evaluate

Current FP6 activities


Total FP6 Call 1 and 2 funding: 137M



Call 1 projects


AceMedia
,
Aim@Shape
,
AgentLinkIII
,
Alvis
,
Aspic
,
DIP
,
DirectInfo
,
Knowledge Board 2.0
,
Knowledge Web
,
Metokis
,
Muscle
,
News
,
Rewerse
,
Simac
,
SEKT
,
VIKEF


Call 2 projects


3DTV
,
Axmedis
,
Content4All
,
GameTools
,
Holonics
,
Inccom
,
Inscape
,
IperG
,
IP
-
Racine
,
M
-
Pipe
,
NM2
,
Peng
,
Polymnia
,
Reveal This
,
WalkOnWeb
,
Worldscreen


ftp://ftp.cordis.lu/pub/ist/docs/directorate_e/kmcc/call1an
d2_project_factsheets_v2.doc

Current FP6 activities


FP6 Call 1 and 2 emphasis on


Convergence between web services and
semantic annotation


Standards for semantic annotation


(semi)automatic extraction of semantic
annotation from text, images, video


Scalability, robustness, distributedness of KR
and reasoning


Environments for KR (methodologies, editors,
mediators)


Lack of temporal/dynamic KR


Future FP6 activities: Call 4


152 proposals requesting 530M



1360 participants from 39 countries
(reaching beyond EU)


34.8% public/gov, 33.5% industry, 21.7%
not
-
for
-
profit


Selection close to end: expect to fund ~25
projects, ~124M



Continued but not exclusive focus on
semantic web technologies


Future FP6 activities: call 5


Closing 21 september 2005


http://fp6.cordis.lu/fp6/call_details.cfm?CA
LL_ID=208


No strategic objective from DG INFSO/E2


Infrastructure
-
oriented (Grid)


Opportunities under:


Semantic grid


Large test
-
beds


Large cultural/scientific archives

Future FP6 activities: call 6


Likely to be published at the end of 2005


Relatively modest budget: ~10M



Focus: search technologies for audiovisual
materials


Rationale: trying to integrate into usable
infrastructure components that are
presently being developed separately

FP7 activities


FP7 to run 2007
-
2013


EC proposal published April 2005
http://www.cordis.lu/fp7


Public consultations Fall 2005


First call early 2007, project start end 2007


ICT remains top priority, budget may
increase substantially (12B


requested)


DG INFSO/E2 to continue SW research
support


FP7 novelties


Projects vs Ideas


European Research Council


investigator
-
driven

research projects


http://www.cordis.lu/fp7/ideas.htm

DG INFSO/E2 in FP7 looking for:


More multimedia knowledge extraction
and reuse:


DG Information Society and
MEDIA


Our portfolio is ‘text
-
heavy’


Dissemination = shared components/data


Want to see content/media producers use
tools built by SW engineers


Greater emphasis on building communities
beyond researchers,including IT integrators,
early adopters

DG INFSO/E2 in FP7 looking for:


Solutions = things YOU would want to use


Don’t assume you can start from scratch: show
integration of legacy systems


Don’t scare away users with steep learning curve


‘Eat your own dog food’: if you are not using your
technology, why should others?


Don’t just build individual tools, architect a system in
which they cooperate reliably


Don’t just design standards, show how they come
together in a coherent stack to solve independently
motivated problems that can’t be solved with existing
tools/standards

DG INFSO/E2 in FP7 looking for:


Persistence = tools/data and research
communities that thrive after EC funding is over


Don’t just expect it will happen: plan for it


Open Source whenever appropriate


Distribute data: people learn from your data as much
as from your code (and data is more expensive to
collect)


Plan for transportable test
-
beds


Third parties should be able to replicate your experiments


Prepare your data and protocols as you would want to find
them if you were to replicate somebody else’s experiment

Strategies


Understand
what

we are asking for and
why


why
: make EU economy more competitive through use
of advanced technology (Lisbon objectives)


mid
-
term return on research investment (not to the exclusion of
basic research)


Help us recognise/define FP7 strategic objectives


Scale of ambition is to solve problems, not climb citation index



what
: make sure what you are proposing would be
recognized by a reasonable person as part of our
published strategic objectives


what
: solve EU
-
sized problems, not the integration
problems of a single SME

Strategies


Understand
how

proposals are evaluated


The
problem

is stated in the SO: from you we want to
hear the
solution
;


If you have a
solution

please explain your
plan
, i.e. all
the technical steps: reviewers can be expected to be
knowledgeable


If you have a
plan
, explain how you will
manage

it:


Who will do what, why, with what resources and on what
time
-
scale


Project fail when things don’t go as planned: do credible
contingency planning

Strategies


Understand
how

proposals are evaluated


Your proposal has competition: make sure the
main ideas are exciting and clearly differentiate
you


Avoid echoing keywords from call’s SO


Reviewing is hard work:


help the reviewers get a very concrete idea of what
you want to do;


Ambition is excellent if backed up by credible plans;
unsubstantiated exagerations alienate reviewers.

Strategies


Look for convergence/reuse


Build tools that will speed progress in other
projects (solve someone else’s problem)


Use data that comes out of other projects
(exploit clean semantics)


Create data that can be used by other
projects (provide clean semantics)