PLANET ERNST & YOUNG (PLANET – Greece)
Planet is a leading multinational management consulting company in Greece that was created by the merger of PLANET S.A. and the ERNST & YOUNG Management Consulting Division for Southeast Europe. Planet Ernst & Young will be the project co-ordinator of OntoGov in view of its extensive experience in EU-funded RTD projects. Since 1994, the company has participated in or co-ordinated more than 25 RTD projects, funded by the 4th and 5th Community Framework Programmes including: CB-BUSINESS, ISIS (e-government); KNOW-NET, LEVER, DECOR, INKASS, EKMF (Knowledge Management); ENLARGE, HERMES, WIT (e-business); KNOWLABORATION, MODEL, ROCKET(e-learning). Additionally, PLANET closely monitors EU IST related policies and research developments, facilitated by its representation office in Brussels.
ARCHETYPON S.A. (ARCH – Greece)
Archetypon has experience from coordinating and participating in national and international RTD projects and in developing Web and WAP services and applications. Archetypon is a technology provider for the OntoGov project, having deep knowledge of the domain of eGovernment, both research (IST EURO-CITI, IST eGOV, IST SmartGov) and commercial. The company has additional experience in coordinating and participating in EC-funded projects from its involvement in IST, ESPRIT, SPRITE S2 etc. Archetypon has demonstrable experience and good knowledge of the domain of Semantic Web (e.g. IST OntoLogging). Moreover, Archetypon has excellent technical skills in using state-of-the-art technologies and architectural frameworks (e.g. XML, J2EE, Web Services etc).
FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM INFORMATIK (FZI –Germany)
FZI provides the methodological and technological means for formal knowledge representation (ontology engineering, process modelling, service description) and knowledge processing (for service discovery, service composition). It is a non-profit research center with 12 departments headed by professors from the Universities of Karlsruhe, Stuttgart, Tuebingen and Munich. It focuses on novel information technologies for providers of investment and consumer products, of production processes, and of information services. FZI is Authorized Java Centre (Sun), member of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), and member of the Object Management Group (OMG), the standardization body for the Common Object Request Broker Architecture (CORBA). AIFB and FZI are world-wide renowned in the area of Ontology-Based Information Systems and Semantic Web. Through the development of the OntoBroker system, creation of the KAON Open Source Ontology Management suite of tools, and by participation in well-known projects like EU-IST On-To-Knowledge project which established OIL, a Web ontology language building on RDF(S); the DARPA-DAML OntoAgents project; the Ontologging project which develops methods and tools for ontology-based corporate Knowledge Management; EU-IST project SWWS (Semantic Web Enabled Web Services) which shapes the profile of industrial semantics-based Web Service applications. WIM joined the W3C Web Ontology Working group that establishes future standards for Web ontology representation languages. WIM has grounded experience in the fields of engineering of ontologies and relational metadata based on state-of-the-art Semantic Web methods, tools and standards.
INDRA SISTEMAS S. A. (INDRA- Spain)
INDRA participates in the design, building and integration of the OntoGov software platform. In particular INDRA will lead the development of the OntoGov Service Configuration System and the Dissemination and Exploitation, and will provide background support and methodologies for the modelling of knowledge processing and the knowledge life-cycle. The key competencies of Indra that will contribute to the fulfilment of our goals, and also the project’s overall objectives are: Skills on specific Knowledge Management fields (domain modelling, ontology management, knowledge representation, and knowledge processing and life-cycle management); Expertise in the integration into engineered systems of knowledge technologies (knowledge content and documents, repositories, multimedia processing tools, search and retrieval tools, networking communication and collaboration tools, ontology tools, categorisation and taxonomy management tools, user profiling tools and intelligent agents). In addition INDRA has a large experience in the design, development and integration of Information Systems for the Public Administration Sector, as well as large experience in European Community R&D Programmes, in particular in the Information Society Technologies of the EU’s 5th Framework Programme.
AJUNTAMENT DE BARCELONA (IMI – Spain)
IMI will analyse its existing services to build ontologies for eGov services and will contribute to define and test an ontology management system and a service configuration system. The Municipality of Barcelona currently holds the presidency of Telecities and will also contribute to disseminate the outcome in different forums of cities. The Barcelona City Council is strongly involved in the e-government process using the Internet as an instrument to achieve the main strategic objectives to reconsider and improve the internal management, to improve commitments to the inhabitants and to develop a participatory strategy for the city. The Barcelona City Council ’s official website provides access to a wide range of information and transactional services. Barcelona is one of the European cities with the highest number of on-line transactional services. The website displays contents in three languages:Catalan, Spanish and English and it brings together information destined for residents, business people and tourists. A content management system is currently being deployed. It has won a number of awards: third Best Design at the European E-City Awards (2002), first Prize at Auna Foundation Awards (2002), Stockholm Challenge Award (2002), World Technology Awards (2002), Best Spanish Municipal Website (Ciberpais ,2001). The Barcelona City Council has a wide experience in the participation in european projects: Gala, Dali, Exe,GAUDI, Eurociti, Permis, Elda… and it also belongs to a number of networks of cities: Telecities (currently holding the presidency), Eurocities, Metropolis, Major Cities of Europe, ELANET.
MUNICIPAL TECHNOLOGY COMPANY OF AMAROUSSION (DETDA – Greece)
DETDA is a pioneer local authority in providing online public services. The Municipality of Amaroussion, will act as a trial site for gathering requirements as well as for deploying and evaluating the services. Municipal Technology Company of Amaroussion is regarded as one of the most active municipal companies that the municipality has concerning its participation in Community programmes. It has implemented various research projects, such as e-Gov, Vision Air, e-Vote, Culture, thus developing insights on the demands of such projects as well as a background experience required for participation in a focused project like OntoGov.
FACHHOCHSCHULE SOLOTHURN NORDWESTSCHWEIZ (FHSO– Switzerland)
The University of Applied Sciences Solothurn Northwestern Switzerland analyses the services of the local authorities and acts as a partner of the Federal Chancellery, which builds a national portal.
FHSO develops the national ontology and implements the interface between the national portal and the services of the local authorities. The transfer of new technologies and ideas into practical use affording advantages for companies, society and people is a main objective of FHSO. To reach this goal, FHSO is engaged in four product areas:
(1) degree courses,
(2) further education,
(3) services and consultancy and
(4) applied research and development.
FHSO has experts, which are active in each of these sections and can provide the following core competences and skills: business-process oriented knowledge management, e-Government, e-Business, business information systems, meta modelling (building knowledge and process structures). e-Government-solutions requires of a combination of these aspects. They are demanding for knowledge in internet technologies and internet business models. Governmental services need to be analysed by business process specialists and described by semantic structures. The overall-picture and the definition of requirements are made by experts for business information systems.
SWISS FEDERAL CHANCELLERY (BK – Switzerland)
BK is the general headquarters staff office of the Federal Council. The tasks of the Federal Chancellery include:
- advice and assistance for the Federal Council in planning and coordinating business at Government level;
- drafting of work schedules and business plans and monitoring their implementation for the President of the Confederation;
- participation in the preparation and conduct of proceedings of the Federal Council;
- preparation of the reports of the Federal Council to the Federal Assembly on the government policy directives and on the conduct of the business of the Federal Council (in close cooperation with the departments);
- advising the Federal Council on all matters relating to management of the Federal administration and performance of supervisory functions; and
- support for the Federal Council in its relations with the Federal Assembly.
The Swiss Federal Chancellery is operating a national platform (www.ch.ch) that is linked with websites and services of national and regional authorities. The platform is part of the strategic project “Guichet virtuel”. The Federal Chancellery has the key competences in questions, regarding to services and authorities in Switzerland. This allows the governmental institution to verify the practical correctness of the knowledge structure and to define requirements for a solution – both point of view of the national broker as well as from that of local authorities.
Furthermore the chancellery is providing platform to validate the technical correctness of integrated services. On a further stage, research findings can be integrated and bring the platform to a leading position in Europe.
Last updated: February 2004