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Our mission is to exploit semantic technologies to address the various challenges associated with communication and collaboration at large scales. We acknowledge that these challenges include technical, social, policy and economic strands and thus our approach uses a hybrid combination of research, technology creation, exploitation, networking, dissemination, education and standardisation. In short our aim is to maintain semantics as an integral component of modern-day Information Systems leveraging the expertise and skillset of our Partners, Members and the wider semantic community.

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STI International Marketing Presentation

  1. 1. 11/26/2008 The Semantic Technology Institute International Mission, Objectives, and Organization© Copyright 2007 STI - INTERNATIONAL 1
  2. 2. 11/26/2008 Contents • Mission and Status • Semantic Technologies – Role in modern Computer Science – Status of Developments • Future Challenges – Next Challenges in Research & Development – The Role of STI International • STI International – Organization – Services – Membership Regulations – Current 2
  3. 3. 11/26/2008 Overview • The mission of Semantic Technology Institute International is to establish semantics as a core pillar of modern computer science • STI is an association of interested academic, industrial and governmental institutes. • STI provides services to facilitate research, education, and commercialization activities around semantic technologies beyond the g y boundaries of individual institutions or 3
  4. 4. 11/26/2008 The STI Services education, technology transfer, commercialization roadmapping REALIZATION RESEARCH STI Services TECHNOLOGY standardisation, reference architectures, testbeds, 4 4
  5. 5. 11/26/2008 History and Status • Founded in April 2007 • Legal status: non-profit association (registered in Austria) • Key Personnel – Dipl. Ing. Alexander Wahler (CEO) – Univ.-Prof. Dr. Dieter Fensel (President) • Members (March 2008): 27 • Website: g • Location: Amerlingstrasse 19/35 A-1060 Vienna, 5
  6. 6. 11/26/2008 Semantic 6
  7. 7. 11/26/2008 What are Semantic Technologies? • Semantic Technologies are about – Formal and meaningful description of data, g p , protocols, and processes – Ontologies as explicit and shared knowledge models • Benefits – Meaning-preserving information processing – Handling of Heterogeneities – Facilitate Interoperability and Automation • Roots in Artificial Intelligence research • recent research and developments around the Semantic 7
  8. 8. 11/26/2008 Role in Future IT • Semantic Technologies will become a pillar of future IT Systems in order to facilitate – Meaning-preserving information processing – Interoperability between systems and organizations – Hi h d Higher degree of A t f Automation ti • Suitable technical solutions need to properly deal with the properties of Web based applications Web-based – Openness – Heterogeneity – Distributedness Di t ib t d – 8
  9. 9. 11/26/2008 Recent Developmentsdynamic Web Services Semantic Web UDDI, WSDL, SOAP Services OWL-S, WSMO, SAWSDL static WWW Semantic Web URI, HTML URI HTML, HTTP XML, RDF, XML RDF OWL syntactic semantic 9
  10. 10. 11/26/2008 Semantic Web Layer CakeStatus of Standardization(W3C Recommendations) 10
  11. 11. 11/26/2008 Semantic Web Technologies• Ontology Management – Protégé ( – OntoStudio ( – WSMO S di Studio ( ( di ) – Altova SemanticWorks® ( – IBM Ontology IDE ( – WSMT (• Repositories R it i – Sesame ( – Oracle 11g RDF database ( – Jena (HP Labs) ( – AllegroGraph ( (agraph franz com) – OWLIM Semantic Repository ( – SPARQL engines ( – YARS (• Reasoning Engines – Racer, FaCT, Pellet (OWL-DL) ( – Flora 2 (F-Logic) ( – IRIS (WSML) ( – KAON2 (OWL DL WSML) (OWL-DL, ( (kaon2 semanticweb org) 11
  12. 12. 11/26/2008 Web 2.0 • Web 2.0 is – interactive – user-driven – collaborative user driven – From Consumers to Prosumers on the Web – New Technologies: Wikis, Blogs, Tagging • M t d t created by users Meta-data t 12
  13. 13. 11/26/2008 Semantic Web Services • Aim & Approach automate th Web Service Usage Cycle i SOA Systems by t t the W b S i U C l in S t b 1. rich, formal annotation of Web Services 2. inference-based techniques for automated discovery, composition, mediation, execution of Web Services iti di ti ti fW bS i • Overcome deficiencies of initial Web service technology stack (WSDL SOAP UDDI) that limits the detection and (WSDL, SOAP, integration of Web services by clients to manual inspection • Integration with the Semantic Web g – Using ontologies as underlying knowledge models – Enable semantic 13
  14. 14. 11/26/2008 SWS Approacha) Web Service Description Structure b) Semantic Web Service Description Structure Non-functional Functionality Interface Web Service Web Service WS Implementation Implementation (not of interest in Web (not of interest in Web Service Description) Service Description) WS WS Interface Aggregation XML Ontology Ontology Ontology 14
  15. 15. 11/26/2008 SWS Techniques if: successful Request else: submission not solvable matchmaking else: try other WS uses R with all WS Discoverer if: composition possible Data if: usable Mediator Selection & uses Composer Ranking Service Repository Process P uses Behavioral B h i l composition Mediator Conformance (executable) if: compatible information lookup for particular service Executor if: execution 15
  16. 16. 11/26/2008 SWS Frameworks WSMO Degr of Automation & Interoperability co p e e s e a e o comprehensive framework ree Ease of P for Semantic SOA Provision and Usa OWL-S upper-level ontology for describing Web services n & schema WSDL Document SAWSDL / WSDL-S mapping Types age semantic annotation of model Interface Operation reference WSDL descriptions Message Binding g Endpoint 16
  17. 17. 11/26/2008 Future Challenges and the Role of STI 17
  18. 18. 11/26/2008 State of Affairs • There is a significant amount of research results and technology developments on semantic technologies gy p g • … BUT: – Still many open research issues – Mostly academic solutions (not ready for the market) – Too less commercial adaptation – Too few killer applications – … • Thus, it is necessary to – coordinate and integrate future research – Standardize technology developments gy p – force industrial adaptation and exploitation => STI International addresses these 18
  19. 19. 11/26/2008 Challenge 1: Future Research • Future Research Issues include – Scalable reasoning techniques for the Semantic Web – Integrated ontology engineering technologies – Knowledge acquisition and automated semantic g q annotation of data and services – Scalable and workable SWS technologies – … • STI International supports this by – Defining common research roadmaps – Coordinating cross-project working 19
  20. 20. 11/26/2008 Challenge 2: Technology Development • The Development of Semantic Technologies requires – Integrated, adoptable, and extensible software architectures I t t d d t bl d t ibl ft hit t – Use case scenarios for testing, demonstration, and evaluation – Platforms for demonstrating benefits to outer world – Legal f L l framework f IPRs and usage by third parties k for IPR d b thi d ti • STI International supports this by – Providing an open-source integrated reference architecture – Defining test-beds and challenges for testing, demonstration, evaluation, and comparison of technology developments , p gy 20
  21. 21. 11/26/2008 Challenge 3: Standardization & Commercialization • Critical Success Factors are – St d di ti Standardization of Technologies b renowned standardization f T h l i by d t d di ti bodies (W3C, OASIS, OMG) The work in standardization bodies is usually cumbersome => good preparation is required – Commercial Adaptation of semantic technologies => requires ready-to-market solutions and industrial cooperation • STI International supports this by – Coordinating standardization activities among members – Coordinating pre-standardization work gp – Establishing a network and coordinate cooperation projects with the international industry (IT vendors and Users) 21
  22. 22. 11/26/2008 Challenge 4: Education & Dissemination • The thorough adaptation of Semantic Technologies requires – E t Extensive di i dissemination i research, i d t and society i ti in h industry, d i t – Systematic education of students, researchers, and practioneers – Training and educational services by experts • STI International supports this by – Coordinating dissemination and marketing activities – Providing educational services for students and researchers (summer schools, tutorials, etc.) – Providing education and training services for industry and other interested parties (tutorials, training workshops, etc.) – Coordinating academic education among its members – Coordinating exchange programs for students and 22
  23. 23. 11/26/2008 STI International – Organization, Services, Members – 23
  24. 24. 11/26/2008 Overview • Aim: a central institution for coordinating R&D & on Semantic Technologies in Europe and beyond – S Support successful & enduring d t f l d i development and adaption l t d d ti – Coordinate research, development, dissemination, standardization – Supportive services for members • STI is a non-profit organization run by its members – General Assembly: elects President and Board Members – Members: propose new activities, voting rights – Executive Board: controls the business – Advisory Board: independent advice – CEO: responsible for the operational business • Members (March 2008) M b (M h 2008): – Full members: 22 – Associate members: 4 – Members of Honor: 24
  25. 25. 11/26/2008 Organigram Executive Board independentAdvisory advice President Board Vice-Presidents control Service CEO (= Area Coordinators) Coordinators coordinate elects activities General Assembly G lA bl (1 representative per member) Associate & Full Members Extraordinary Members (no voting rights) 25
  26. 26. 11/26/2008 The Executive Board Dr. Michael Brodie Dr. John Davies Univ.-Prof. Dr. Dieter Fensel Prof. Dr. John Domingue Chair Advisory Vice President Vice President Presidet Board Realization Strategic Affairs S ffProf. Dr. Guus Schreiber Prof. Dr. Rudi Studer Alexander Wahler Univ.-Prof. Hannes Werthner Vice President Vice President CEO Vice President Technology Research Members 26
  27. 27. 11/26/2008 The Advisory BoardDr. Michael Brodie Dr. Richard Benjamins Dr. Mark Greaves Verizon, US Telefónica R+D Vulcan Inc., US Vice President Advisory Board Member Advisory Board Member yChair Advisory B dCh i Ad i 27
  28. 28. 11/26/2008 The Extended Board Witold Abramowicz Prof. Dr. Fabio Ciravegna Oscar Corcho Mathieu Daquin Dr. Emanuele Della Valle Prof. Dr. Asunción The Poznan University University of Sheffield, UK Universidad Politécnica de Knowledge Media Institute, CEFRIEL, IT Gómez-Pérez of Econimics, PL Roadmaps Madrid,ES Open University, UK Testbeds and Challenges Universidad Politécnica Strategic Development & Service Coordinator Testbeds and Challenges Realisation Service Coordinator de Madrid, ES Internationalisation Service Coordinator Service Coordinator g Testbeds and Challenges Service Coordinator Service Coordinator Marko Grobernik Barry Norton Dr. Raphael Volz Dr. Michal Zaremba Peter Mika Dr. Elena Simperl J. Stefan Institute, SI Knowledge Media Institute Raphael Volz Innovation University of Innsbruck, AT Yahoo Research, ES University of Innsbruck, AT Dep. of Knowledge Technologies Open University, UK Consulting GmbH, DE Standardization and Reference Testbeds and Challenges EducationFuture Internet Initiative Task Force Standardization and Reference Roadmaps Architecture Service Coordinator Service Coordinator Service Coordinator Service Coordinator Architecture Service Coordinator Service Coordinator 28
  29. 29. 11/26/2008 STI Services STI addresses the emerging challenges for the future research & development b f t h d l t by: – Definition of Research Roadmaps – Common Strategy and Coordination for Standardization gy – Provision of open-source Reference Architectures – Provision of open Test Beds and Challenges – Joint program for Education in semantic technologies – Support & Coordination of Industrial Commercialization – Coordination of Cross-Project Working Groups – Coordination & Auxiliary Services for members and associated R&D 29
  30. 30. 11/26/2008 The STI Service Cycle education, technology transfer, commercialization roadmapping REALIZATION RESEARCH STI Services TECHNOLOGY standardisation, reference architectures, testbeds, 30
  31. 31. 11/26/2008 STI Research - Roadmapping • STI International will create, maintain, and publish roadmaps as a means of d bli h d f planning and coordinating its activities Prof. Dr. Fabio Ciravegna towards the achievement of the mission. University of Sheffield, UK Service Coordinator • The service will focus on the five main areas of research in the field of semantic systems and services: y – Ontologies and Ontology Engineering Dr. Raphael Volz – Reasoning Raphael Volz Innovation Consulting GmbH, DE – Knowledge Acquisition and Sharing Service Coordinator – Semantic Web Services – Social 31
  32. 32. 11/26/2008 STI Technology – Standardization and Reference Architectures • STI International will provide 1. 1 Support and coordination services for technology standardization Dr. Michal Zaremba University of Innsbruck, AT 2. Development of Reference Architectures Service Coordinator for semantic technologies • The aim is to – Establish a communication channel with W3C, OASIS and OMG – Provide a open, integrated, and Barry Norton extensible software architecture for Knowledge Media Institute Open University, UK semantic technology developments Service Coordinator – F ilit ti communication across the Facilitating i ti th various projects and initiatives – Gaining leverage and impact by combining efforts 32
  33. 33. 11/26/2008 STI Technology – Testbeds and Challenges • STI International will facilitate the joint development of open, globally di t ib t d d l t f l b ll distributed testbeds for developing, deploying and Dr. Emanuele Della Valle CEFRIEL, Politecnico di Milano, I Service Coordinator testing Semantic Web technologies and Semantic Web Services at global scale S ti W b S i t l b l l Prof- Dr. Asunción Gómez-Pérez Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, ES Service Coordinator • Challenges will offer participants the Oscar Corcho possibility to show the best of Semantic Universidad Politécnica de Madrid,ES Service Coordinator Web and Semantic Web Services technologies in order to identify Barry N t B Norton Knowledge Media Institute promising approaches and to support Open University, UK Architecture Service Coordinator relevant 33
  34. 34. 11/26/2008 STI Realization – Commercialization • STI International will facilitate the commercial exploitation of R&D results with the aim of increasing business opportunities Mathieu Daquin Knowledge Media Institute, • STI International performs, among others, the p , g , p y, Open University, UK Coordinator following commercialization activities: – Knowledge Capitalization Structure – Market surveillance – Comprehensive offer building for proving the interest of SWS and Semantic Web in general – International position strategy – Diffusion by consolidation of dissemination plans and 34
  35. 35. 11/26/2008 STI Realization – Education • STI International will provide educational activities in the field of semantic technologies g for academia and industry Dr. Elena Simperl • The STI educational program includes: University of Innsbruck, AT – G Generation of high-quality t i i materials f ti f hi h lit training t i l for Service Coordinator S C specific target communities – Development and maintenance of training repositories and expert databases – Organization of different types of training and educational events – Provision of different types of training – Set-up of joint doctoral or exchange/internship programs between research institutions and between researchers and industry and operational support for their 35
  36. 36. 11/26/2008 Membership Regulations • STI International invites organizations from all over the world to become a contributing member • 3 Types of Membership: 1. Full Members • Access to STI Services (free of charge) • Full voting rights • Creation of new working groups & initiate other activities • Full promotional benefits 2. Associate Members • Limited Li it d access t STI S i to Services and W ki G d Working Groups (f (free of charge) f h ) • No voting rights • Limited promotional benefits 3. Extraordinary Members y • Member of Honor (by invitation) • Sponsoring Member • No voting 36
  37. 37. 11/26/2008 Membership Fees Membership Type Annual Fees For-Profit Organizations Annual Turnover Membership Fees (in €) less than € 2 million 2.000,- more than € 2 million 5.000,- Full Membership Non-Profit Organizations Country (accord. to WB) Membership Fees (in €) high income country 3.000,- low/middle income country 1.000,-Associate Membership 10% of full membership fee Sponsoring sponsoring is agreed on a case-by-case basis with the Membership applicants Member of Honor free 37
  38. 38. 11/26/2008 Membership 38
  39. 39. 11/26/2008 Full Members (November, 2008) Total: 39
  40. 40. 11/26/2008 Associate Members (November 2008) Dr. Dr Michael Brodie (Member of Honor) Total: 11 + 40
  41. 41. 11/26/2008 Contact Information STI International Office Semantic Technology I tit t International S ti T h l Institute I t ti l Amerlingstrasse 19/35 A-1060 Vienna Austria Phone: +43 (0)1 23 64 002 ( ) Fax: +43 (0)1 23 64 002-99 Web: Email: office@sti2 org ZVR Number: 183932218 (registered in Vienna, Austria) 41