Projects ▸ NEPOMUK

Administrative information

Project type: EU FP6 Project
Status: Closed
Start date: Janury 1st, 2006
End date: December 31st, 2008
Duration: 36 months
Total EU founding: 11.500.000 EUR
Partners: DFKI, IBM, SAP AG, HP, Thales SA, PRC Group, Mandriva Edge-IT, Cognium Sustems SA, NUIG, EPFL, FIUK, L3S, ICCS, KTH, USI
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Networked Environment for Personal Ontologybased Management of Unified Knowledge NEPOMUK brings together researchers, industrial software developers, and representative industrial users, to develop a comprehensive solution for extending the personal desktop into a collaboration environment which supports both the personal information management and the sharing and exchange across social and organizational relations. This solution is called the Social Semantic Desktop.

The social semantic desktop will support the personal aspects of knowledge work by developing tools for knowledge articulation and visualization, the interfaces and data structures of the personal semantic web, and integration of personal work process support. It will support the social aspects of communication, distributed collaboration, and social exchange by providing solutions for distributed search and storage and of semantic social networks and knowledge exchange. NEPOMUK aims at maximum possible uptake by concentrating on integrative and open architectures and actively promoting community involvement.

The project delivers a freely available opensource framework for social semantic desktops, and a rich set of standardized interfaces and reference implementations. The project result will form the basis for commercial exploitation via consulting activities (introducing the new possibilities of knowledge work support to users), tool development (integrating new services into the framework), and applicationspecific solution development (adapting the social semantic framework to the needs of particular or branchspecific industrial application scenarios).

Main visible results of NEPOMUK are:

  • the architecture and implemented middleware of the Social Semantic Desktop, published as opensource software and where relevant submitted to semantic web standardization processes,
  • an active scientific and user community that adopts the results of NEPOMUK and continues to extend them to their needs,
  • a set of reference solutions in use at SAP, PRC, or Institut Pasteur, and a body of documented experience and methodological knowhow gained in their application domains.