Freie Universität Berlin

Institut für Informatik

AG Netzbasierte Informationssysteme

Freie Universität Berlin

Fachbereich Wirtschaftswissenschaften

Institut für Produktion, Wirtschaftsinformatik und OR

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Institut für Informatik

LFE Datenbanken und Informationssysteme

InterVal - Berlin Research Centre for the Internet Economy

Knowledge Nets (Project A)

Introduction

The past 10 years of Web evolution have established electronic markets and led to the rise and fall of the "new economy". The next 10 years may be characterized by the transformation of the Web from a document publication medium intended for human consumption into a medium for intelligent knowledge interchange. This development is pushed under the umbrella of the W3C Semantic Web initiative by a joined effort of scientific (MIT, Stanford, ILRT etc.) and business institutions (HP, IBM, Nokia etc.). The basic idea of the Semantic Web is to publish - in addition to classic HTML pages - data directly on the web. The final vision is to use the web as a global distributed database, which could be queried like a local database today. The W3C Semantic Web architecture stack is defining the reference architecture for the ongoing standardization process. The standardization of the basis layers of the architecture is already at a very advanced state. The standardization of the higher layers (security, logic, proof, trust) is just starting.

While there are still a lot of technological issues to be solved, the Semantic Web is in a phase in which consensus about its potentials exists. However, it is not clear what economic effects these new technologies and their applications will have on markets and enterprise:

Business partner

wwj GmbH, Jens Hagendorff (Executive Director), Andreas Werner (Marketing Manager)


Project Outline

The InterVal Knowledge Nets project approaches the impact of semantic technologies from the business and the technical viewpoint, in order to make predictions about the influence of the new technologies on markets, enterprises and individuals. The project studies the above questions by using scenario analysis as a basis to explore the effects of the deployment of Semantic Web technologies. We derive scenarios from two subscenarios. One is a technological scenario that assumes the availability of semantic technologies in a perspective of several years. The second is a deployment scenario that assumes that semantic application specific knowledge is available in machine readable form usable for applications. From the combination of these two projections we derive e-business scenarios, for analysis and experimentation with. This approach allows us already in the current early stage of development to make statements about the implications of the new technology on the participants of the scenario. Who will benefit? Who will loose market positions or will have to change his business model? This analysis of the participant's roles combined with the analysis of technical restrictions allows us to project if a scenario has chances to be realized.

Work Packages and Deliverables

Work Package 1  Szenario Global Sourcing 07/03-03/06
Deliverables
  • Scenario description
  • Ontology prototypes
  • Software infrastructure prototypes
  • Economic analysis

Work Package 2  Szenario IT Services for the Automotive Sector 10/04-06/07
Deliverables
  • Scenario description
  • Ontology prototypes
  • Software infrastructure prototypes
  • Economic analysis

Work Package 3  Software Components and Scenario Evaluation Kit 10/03-06/07
Deliverables
  • Evaluation of existing infrastructure components.
  • Open source distribution of enhanced components.
  • Open source distribution of the scenario evaluation kit.

Work Package 4  Transfer 07/04-12/07
Deliverables
  • Organization of two workshops on the usage of Semantic Web technologies in E-Business.
  • Publication of the project results

The project is taking part in the following working groups of "Internetökonomie":

Funding

Knowledge Nets is part of the InterVal - Berlin Research Centre for the Internet Economy and is funded by the German Ministry of Research BMBF.

Freie Universität Berlin

Institut für Informatik

AG Netzbasierte Informationssysteme

Freie Universität Berlin

Fachbereich Wirtschaftswissenschaften

Institut für Produktion, Wirtschaftsinformatik und OR

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Institut für Informatik

LFE Datenbanken und Informationssysteme

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