Saturday, April 23, 2011

Future Internet Enterprise Systems Projects in Europe - 10 years of innovation

The FInES cluster represents the Enterprise Interoperability and Collaboration Research Domain in Europe, and is composed of FP6 and FP7 funded projects, as well as experts and stakeholders from all over Europe, working in the areas of Enterprise Software, Enterprise Interoperability and Collaboration applicable to enterprises.  Almost 30 projects have been running in this area, under FP6, FP7 and CIP programmes.

FInES Cluster FP7 Projects (2008 -)
  • ACCESS-ICT - Access to ICT Investors.
  • COIN & COIN-EEU - Enterprise Collaboration & Interoperability.
  • COMMIUS – COMMunity-based Interoperability Utility for SMEs.
  • ebbits - Enabling business-based Internet of Things and Services.
  • ENSEMBLE - Envisioning, Supporting and Promoting Future Internet Enterprise Systems Research through Scientific Collaboration.
  • iSURF - An Interoperability Framework for Collaborative Planning.
  • K-NET - Services for Context Sensitive Enhancing of Knowledge in Networked Enterprise.
  • NEFFICS - Networked Enterprise transFormation and resource management in Future internet enabled Innovation CloudS.
  • NisB - The Network is the Business.
  • SPIKE - Secure Process-oriented Integrative Service Infrastructure for Networked Enterprises.
  • SYNERGY - Supporting highly adaptive Network enterprise collaboration through semantically enabled knowledge services.
  • UNITE – UpgradiNg ICT excellence by strengthening cooperation between research Teams in an Enlarged Europe.
  • ICT-VENTUREGATE - Innovative Solutions For Enabling Efficient Interactions Between SMEs In ICT Projects And Innovation Investors.
  • YMIR – Stepping up ICT SME’s in accessing finance.
FInES Cluster FP6 Projects (2002 - 2007)
  • ABILITIES - Application Bus for InteroperabiLITy In enlarged Europe SMEs.
  • ATHENA - Advanced technologies for interoperability of heterogeneous enterprise networks and their applications.
  • CONTRACT - Contract based Systems Engineering Methods for Verifiable Cross-Organisational Networked Business Applications.
  • CoVES - Collaborative Virtual Engineering for SMEs.
  • e-NVISION - A new vision for the participation of European SMEs in the future e-Business scenario.
  • FUSION - Business process FUSION based on Semantically-enabled Service-Oriented Business Applications.
  • GENESIS - Enterprise Application Interoperability via Internet-Integration for SMEs, Govenrmental Organisations and Intermediaries in the New European Union.
  • IMPORTNET - Intelligent modular open source Platform for intercultural and cross-domain SME networks.
  • INTEROP-NoE - Interoperability research for networked enterprises applications and software (INTEROP-NoE).
  • LEKTOR - Legal Knowledge Transfer Accelerator for SME cluster and Digital Business Ecosystems.
  • NO-REST - Networked Organisations - Research into Standards.
  • ONE – Open Negotiation Environment.
  • OPAALS - Open Philosophies for Associative Autopoietic Digital Ecosystems.
  • SUDDEN - SMEs Undertaking Design of Dynamic Ecosystem Networks.
  • TrustCoM - Trust and contract management framework enabling secure collaborative business processing in on-demand created, self-managed, scalable, and highly dynamic virtual organisations.
CIP Projects
  • DEN4DEK - Digital Ecosystems Network of regions for (4) DissEmination and Knowledge Deployment.
See the FINES projects visualised with DebateGraph here:

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

The ENGAGE project: An EU eInfrastructures Initiative on Open Data

An Infrastructure for Open, Linked Governmental Data Provision towards Research Communities and Citizens

A project under the European Commission eInfrastructure programme, to begin in Summer 2011.

Information and Communication Technologies have an unprecedented potential to improve the responsiveness of governments to the needs of citizens and have long been recognized as a key strategic tool to enable reforms in the public sector. During the last years, this potential of ICT has started to be dealt with in a multi-disciplinary way, giving birth to new research communities dealing with governance and policy modelling, modelling and simulation of complex systems, public administration information systems, open governance and social media. However, this potential is to this day non-systematically exploited, as there are significant barriers that hinder the effective exploration, management and distribution of the vast amounts of available public sector data towards the research communities. 

The main goal of ENGAGE project is the deployment and use of an advanced service infrastructure, incorporating distributed and diverse public sector information resources as well as data curation, semantic annotation and visualisation tools, capable of supporting scientific collaboration and governance-related research from multi-disciplinary scientific communities, while also empowering the deployment of open governmental data towards citizens. 

The ENGAGE consortium comprises of 9 partners from Belgium, Germany, Greece, Israel, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, with an excellent track record both in the eInfrastructures and the Governance domain (NTUA, FOKUS, STFC, Uni. Aegean, TU DELFT) including world-leaders in cloud infrastructures (IBM, Microsoft and INTRASOFT International) and a large network of scientific data diffusion (EUROCris). 

Following on Open Data initiatives throughout Europe, ENGAGE has established links with numerous National and International public sector organisations, research communities, open data experts and standardisation fora. The project is supported by the Greek NREN and NGI node GRNET, providing the infrastructure for service provision.


Monday, April 11, 2011

The Samos Symposium on IT Entrepreneurship

The 3rd academic symposium of the University of Aegean / Information and Communication Systems Engineering Department was held in Karlovassi, Samos, on 8th & 9th  April 2011.  Attended by more than 200 participants, the symposium featured invited talks and presentations by Government and Private Sector market representatives, including:

  • VELTI, MICROSOFT Innovation Centre, Greek Geeks, IMC, VTrip, TANEO Fund from the private sectors
  • Ministry of Interior, Prime Ministers Office, National Technical University of Athens    
For the full programme, presentations and photos, please visit:

Photo on the Left: The Opening of the Conference, in Karlovassi Town Hall

Outside the Karlovassi Townhall 

Friday, April 1, 2011

The Future Internet Enterprise Systems (FInES) Cluster Meeting

The European Commission Future Internet Enterprise Systems (FInES) cluster meeting was held in Brussels, on April 1, 2011. Attended by more than 30 international invited experts, the cluster meeting focused at FP7 and FP8 orientations for research on Future Internet for industries and SME's.

 The agenda of the FInES cluster meeting was as following:

Introduction, FInES Cluster State Of Play, FInES Position Paper on FP8 Orientations Dissemination
Cristina Martinez (EC)
FIA activities
Man-Sze Li (IC Focus)
What’s new from ENSEMBLE
Yannis Charalabidis (NTUA)
Introduction to SPRINT: Software Platform for Integration of Engineering and Things
Andreas Keis (EADS)
Coffee Break
FInES Task Forces Progress Report
Fenareti Lampathaki (NTUA)
·          Standardisation
Guy Doumeingts
·          FInES Research Roadmap Task Force
Michele Missikoff (CNR-IASI)
·          FInES Research Exploitation and Impact Creation
Anton Theuma
(Paragon Europe)
·          Manufacture and Industry
Jesper Thestrup (In-Jet ApS)
FIA architecture developments
Isidro Laso (EC)
Proposal for Task Force on FInES architectural design principles
Man-Sze Li (IC Focus)
The PARADISO 2 project: state of play (tbc)
Fabrizio Sestini (EC)
An industrial perspective of FP8 priorities: ATOS
Nuria De-Lama Sanchez (ATOS)
ActionPlanT: A Road-Mapping exercise for ICT for Future Manufacturing.
·          Introduction to the project, its concepts, progress and further activities
·          Discussions
Klaus-Dieter Platte
(Platte Consult)
A research viewpoint: Smart Society and FInES
John Sutcliffe-Braithwaite
(Metaloger Technologies)
Coffee Break
Contribution to FISA, new orientations towards FP8 from the Position Paper
Michele Missikoff (CNR-IASI)
·          Knowledge Cafés on: Cloud computing, Identity Management, FInES Architecture.

Closing of the Meeting
Cristina Martinez (EC)

Diana-Ioana Vlad - Calcic (EC), Cristina Martinez (EC), Yannis Charalabidis and Fenareti Lampathaki (NTUA) at the opening of the FInES cluster meeting

More information on the FInES cluster meeting and activities is found at: