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KMi's objectives & project details

In a nutshell, the mission of Knowledge Web is to strengthen the European industry and service providers in one of the most important areas of current computer technology: Semantic Web enabled e-work and e-commerce. We will concentrate our efforts around the outreach of this technology to industry. Naturally, this includes education and research efforts to ensure the durability of impact and support of industry.


  • Outreach to Industry;
  • Outreach to Education;
  • Coordination of Research

We at KMi are significantly involved with the second area of interest - the outreach to education. The goal will be to establish a Virtual Institute for Semantic Web Education (VISWE), which will act as the principal focus for educational activities on the Semantic Web. In working towards this end, we will build on the experience of several leading European University groups in designing and delivering courses in this area to provide up to date learning materials, curricula and, ultimately, new degree programs. At the same time we will enhance the delivery of course materials by making use of novel Semantic Web technologies in combination with more traditional e-learning environments. VISWE will be without parallel elsewhere in the world and will provide a competitive advantage to European research and industry.

Within the project we intend to build a showcase illustrating the value of applying Semantic Web technologies to support learning on the web. This ongoing work builds on a number of already-existing KMi technologies, including Magpie, ScholOnto and BuddySpace, as well as on our experience in supporting the succcessful, distributed computing project climateprediction.net.

Moreover we are also in charge of the main educational activities of the Network of Excellence, and in particular Prof. Enrico Motta is the Director of the annual European Summer School on Ontological Engineering and the Semantic Web (SSSW), the premiere educational event in the area of the semantic web.