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VIKEF - Virtual Information and Knowledge Environment Framework

VIKEF - Virtual Information and Knowledge Environment Framework is a FP6-IST-2002 integrated project. It has been dedicated to advanced semantic-enabled support for Information, Content and Knowledge (ICK) production, acquisition, processing, annotation, sharing and use by empowering information and knowledge environments for scientific and business communities. 


VIKEF's results provided outstanding value for the synergetic integration of multiple research efforts (coming from inside and outside the Consortium) aimed at contributing to ensure the European leadership in the field of Semantic-based Knowledge Systems.

In this sense, especially the "horizontal" integration dimension of the VIKEF Framework provided a powerful set of structuring elements enabling, facilitating and ultimately boosting further research and development of technological components, tools and complete application solutions for multiple domains.

Due to the background of the Consortium, VIKEF also provided a solid bridge to enhance links between member-states efforts and EU RTD Policy. By mobilizing the industrial and research community on a European scale, VIKEF also contributed to enable the development of the European Research Area (ERA) in IST.

Main innovation:

VIKEF worked on bridging the gap between the partly implicit knowledge and information conveyed in scientific and business content resources (e.g. text, speech, images) and the explicit representation of knowledge required for a targeted and effective access, dissemination, sharing, use, and annotation of ICK resources by scientific and business communities and their information and knowledge-based work processes.

The architecture and software development environment being created by this FP6 funded project lead to semantic services and knowledge management applications to help fair and conference organisers' better match their events with current market and research trends - providing an important competitive boost to users in a fast-growing but difficult-to-navigate sector.

In this sense, VIKEF especially addressed the trade fairs and scientific congress participants - as validation scenarios - with the aim to better support and enhance relationships build-up with as many people of interest to them as possible, while at the same time, providing them with technological tools to help them deciding exactly who to meet among thousands of speakers and exhibitors related to a particular event. A new semantic Web based set of services solution will help them pick and choose.


Prototypes have been developed to demonstrate the semantic architecture and software of VIKEF.

To build the VIKEF framework, a number of innovative components and technologies have been developed and integrated. To collect and describe these technologies and to raise awareness for the solutions developed in VIKEF a technology catalogue has been produced. The VIKEF Technology Catalogue (VTC) also points out possible application sectors for each of the technologies, in order to foster application of the VIKEF technologies outside the VIKEF project.

Thursday, 1 April, 2004 to Saturday, 31 March, 2007
  • Inmark Estudios y Estrategias S.A. (Project Coordinator)
  • Fraunhofer Gesellschaft zur Foerderung der Angewandten Forschung
  • XEROX - the Document Company S.A.S.
  • Istituto Trentino di Cultura (now FBK)
  • Telefonica Investigacion y Desarrollo S.A. Unipersonal
  • Universita' degli Studi di Trento
  • Universita' degli Studi di Bari
  • The University of Sheffield
  • Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche - Istituto di Linguistica Computazionale
  • The National Microelectronics Applications Centre Ltd
  • ag
  • as
  • Cpo Hanser Service Gmbh
  • Fundacion Semana Verde de Galicia
VIKEF (IST- 2002-507173) is an Integrated Project under the EU 6th Framework Programme