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Research Area

semantic interoperability, technical interoperability, e-Business

Short Description

Today ICT constitutes the main enabler in the effort of enterprises to interoperate and collaborate in strategic and operational level. Nonetheless, despite the substantial technological progress in the field, ICT-enabled interoperability still requires a significant set up time to become available, entails a considerable cost and usually is confined within the narrow scope of an enterprise or at best across proprietary supply chains and dedicated business domains.


The current research agenda for interoperability, in the form of the Enterprise Interoperability Research Roadmap, taking into consideration these conditions defines a new framework for the provision of interoperability as a commoditized functionality that can be invoked and used on demand in a "plug n' play" way.


PLUG-IN aims to constitute a major implementation arm for the "plug n' play" interoperability concept by designing, developing and piloting a utility software component that will offer the necessary set of services to deliver and sustain interoperability to its enterprises/users across similar as well as differing business domains.


The PLUG-IN Interoperability Service Utility will be primarily oriented towards facilitating the needs of SMEs by providing them with a technology infrastructure that will be layered upon their existing systems and knowledge sources and enabling them to exchange computer-meaningful information with others using the principle of end-to-end interconnection. The PLUG-IN infrastructure will be further customizable by its users in order to provide them with specific value-added services according to their business situation (business domain or business event) utilizing a multitude of channels (internet, telephone, mobile devices or even RFID).


The project consortium consists of 5 partners from 3 different parts of Greece, bringing together innovative know how of research institutions, development capabilities of software industry and business experience of IT end users.

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