Knowledge Web (KW) is
a 4 year Network of Excellence project funded by the European Commission
6th Framework Programme. Knowledge Web began on January 1st, 2004. Supporting
the transition process of Ontology technology from Academia to Industry
is the main and major goal of Knowledge Web.
The mission of KnowledgeWeb 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. The project concentrates
its 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. Therefore, Knowledge Web devotes its
efforts to the following main areas:
· Outreach to Industry. The main objective of Knowledge Web's outreach
to industry area is to promote greater awareness and faster take-up of
Semantic Web technology within Europe in full synergy with the research
activity. This outreach will help to reduce time needed to transfer the
technology to industry and to market.
· Outreach to Education. Knowledge Web aims to work towards the
establishment of a European Association for Semantic Web Education (EASE),
which will act as the principal focus for educational activities on Semantic
· Coordination of Research. The objective of Knowledge Web will
be to ensure that the research as performed by the leading groups in this
area will be sufficiently coordinated to avoid both duplication and fragmentation.
Such coordination is particularly important for the Semantic Web: since
it is an inter-disciplinary area, joint collaborations among and across
various research communities is necessary. The objective of Knowledge
Web is to coordinate the European research effort to make Semantic Web
and Semantic Web Services a reality.
The Knowledge Web consortium is coordinated by the University
of Innsbruck, Austria and consists of 19 leading partners
in Semantic Web, Multimedia, Human Language Technology, Workflow and Agents.
Knowledge Web is part of the STI International initiative which seeks to establish Semantics as a core pillar of modern computer engineering
Knowledge Web is a member of the ESSI
project cluster, which seeks to strengthen European research and industry
in Semantic Web technologies.