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The IKS project has a duration of 48 months; will have a budget of 8,5 M€ with 5,6 M€ requested funding. The project is organised in 10 Work Packages and uses an effort of 750 person months. It expects to leverage open source development outside the project, as well as external validations through CMS providers of the project results.

  • WP1 - Benchmarking industrial semantic software capabilities - We will devise a benchmarking scheme and the six IND-partners will attempt to build a small system with distinct semantic challenges. The results feed into requirements capture for the Interactive Knowledge Stack.
  • WP2 - IKS Requirements Capture through Use Cases - While the benchmark provides a "laboratory" type situation, we use four distinct use cases for practical requirements capture for the Interactive Knowledge Stack. This feeds into WP3, WP4 (Design) and WP7 (Methodology)
  • WP3 - Research into Requirements of the Interactive Knowledge Stack - This is the third way of capturing requirements - we will conduct desktop research at four levels: knowledge-based interaction and presentation; knowledge representation and reasoning; semantic lifting and wrapping of legacy resources; semantics based data access and reasoning (backend support)
  • WP4 - Design and Implementation of the Use Cases - The four use cases are developed in parallel with the implementation of the Interactive Knowledge Stack (WP5) and the two work packages will inform each other about design issues, in a similar way as WP2 and WP3 do this for requirements.
  • WP5 - Design and Implementation of the Interactive Knowledge Stack - We build an Alpha, Beta and final release of a reference implementation of the envisaged Interactive Knowledge Stack. The Alpha release is validated internally, in the use cases. The Beta and final release is given to the external early adopters for use and validation by firms outside the consortium (Task 6.3). The final release is used to build the Road Show Demonstrators (WP9) which can be external or internal.
  • WP6 - Validation of the Interactive Knowledge Stack - InTask 6.2. the IND-partners of the consortium use the IKS Stack in specific validation projects. In Task 6.3 we will manage the external validation through early adopters. The external validation partners receive a training grant as the project's contribution to their acting as early adopters and a small sum of money for producing a brief validation report in order to assess the effectiveness of the semantic capabilities provided by the IKS Stack.
  • WP7 - Methodology - By year two, we publish a report on the state of semantic capabilities of European CMS providers; by year three we provide industrial training to be disseminated by regional transfer offices and at the end of the project a full methodology handbook will be published. The university partners will introduce IKS-related CMS development methodology into their academic teaching programmes.
  • WP8 - Community Activation - We envisage to activate open source communities and European CMS providers (and their customers!) to embrace the specifications and benefits of the Interactive Knowledge Stack.
  • WP9 - Industrial Application & Demo - We demonstrate the use of the final Interactive Knowledge Stack for building industrial applications and we make the show cases stand out from the crowd
  • WP10 - Project Management - The co-ordination comprises three tasks: (a) maintaining the research vision and work coherent across the 13 organisations and the communities that we hope to gather around IKS; (b) ensuring top quality of research and development; and (c) managing the project soundly in financial terms.