Work Packages

WP1 – E-Gov Service Lifecycle Ontology
This work package will review relevant State-of-the-Art and deals with the research and practice in the areas of ontologies in E-Government, Web services in E-Government, and Semantic-web enabled web services will be examined, documented, and discussed with the Consortium in order to find out its suitability to meet the requirements of the pilot applications.
Based upon the state-of-the-art analysis and the anaylsis of the environment of the user partners, the technological and methodological service lifecycle support will be designed. This results in the E-Gov Service Lifecycle Description Framework.

WP2 – Investigation and Analysis of PA Services
The aim of this work package is to investigate the services offered by the end-users partners and select a suitable service as a case-study for the development and testing of the OntoGov Platform, based on determined criteria. The selected service will be analysed in detail with the use of process mapping tools.

WP3 – User Requirements and System Specifications
The requirements of the users for the OntoGov platform will be defined. Requirements will be documented in the requirements catalogue and will be expressed in terms of systems objectives. They will be related to the levels of service, and the overall functionality. The procedure will be greatly assisted by the geographical proximity of the partners-developers involved in relation to the partners-users. A common procedure to extract user requirements will be defined at the beginning of this task, and an integration step will generalise the requirements of the user applications.
Based on the previously captured requirements, the core functional architecture of the OntoGov platform will be formulated, critical issues concerning the interoperability between the platform modules will be identified and appropriate interfaces will be defined.
This task will also produce a development plan that will guide all software development to be done in WP 4 and WP 5. The development plan will include detailed allocation of resources and intermediary checkpoints.

WP4 – OntoGov Ontology Management System
The objective of this work package is to meet the technological representation requirements as specified in WP1 by a suitable software tool which allows to fully express whatever we need for semantically-enriched description of E-Gov Web services, their lifecycle models, and the associated background ontologies (domain, knowledge flow). To equip this modelling and storage tool by all components required for building a full Ontology Management System that allows to answer the complex queries required for service discovery, service composition, and service reconfiguration.

WP5 – Development of OntoGov Service Configuration System
The work to be done will be based in the specifications delivered in WP3. The OSCS development will address four major stages:
1. For each entity that could be defined in the e-government service meta-model, the OSCS will create a self-contained and autonomous component and its interfaces to other similar components.
2. The OSCS will create the storage layer for these components
3. Based on the relations that could be defined in the service meta-model, the OSCS will create the program rules which satisfy those relations.
4. The OSCS will create the user interface allowing the service stakeholders to access the service .
According to the overall system specifications, the different OSCS software modules will provide interfacing functions to interact with other internal subsystems. This will facilitate the later overall integration in WP6.

WP6 – Integration and deployment
This work package will integrate the developed architecture and services to form the final OntoGov platform. When all appropriate software modules have been installed and tested both individually and as a whole the Ontology management system will be populated with data and the respective e-services will be created or configured and made available to the end-users.

WP7 – Trial planning & evaluation
This work package focuses in develop a concise plan for the trial of the OntoGov Platform. The plan should include a detailed time and resource plan, with identified roles and actions per project partner. Determine the criteria for evaluating the deployment trial of the OntoGov Platform. The criteria should be linked to the project’s overall objectives.
Also the actual deployment of the OntoGov Platform based on the trial plan will be performed. During the execution of the trial, all data that is required for the evaluation of the trial is collected and kept. Evaluate the trial of the OntoGov platform, based on the evaluation criteria that have been determined.

WP8 – Dissemination & Exploitation
Dissemination and promotion activities include design of the OntoGov logo, design of promotional material (brochures, leaflets, etc), elaboration of a Web site including promotion (e.g. subscription to search engines), preparation of a Multi-Media presentation (CD). At the scientific level, results will be disseminated by means of organising related workshops, presenting related material at seminars and conferences and by contributing to standardisation bodies and other international fora, if applicable.
Regarding the exploitation activities, a study of the market possibilities for a solution like OntoGov and a detailed exploitation plan, which includes intellectual property rights, data privacy and security issues, the definition of a service framework, and the contracts for the solution exploitation among consortium members, will be done.

WP9 – Project Management
WP9 provides management and overall coordination of activities, planning and control. It ensures that objectives are met and represents the Project to the commission and the IST community.

Last updated: February 2004

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