• Published on 12 Jan 2016
  • Project News

eScop launches an open online community for knowledge-driven approaches

The eScop project has launched a W3Community in order to advance the knowledge-driven approaches for system integration. The aim of the community is to lead to the standardization of the approaches used in the eScop project. The call for chairs is currently open for interested participants.

World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) provides a variety of standards that can be used to build application which use Internet as a platform for communication and integration. eScop project has recently launched its own community. The open Knowledge-driven Serviceoriented
System Architectures and APIs community (abbreviated KiSS) is created for sharing, elaborating and evolving knowledge-driven approaches fir system integration.

- With the community the consortium aims to open the discussion for interested participants. W3C communities are public platforms. The aim of the community is to develop the concepts further and thus possible enhance existing or develop new standards for the industry,
explains the technical coordinator of the eScop project Andrei Lobov (Tampere University of Technology). Lobov was one of the main drivers for the original idea about creating the community group.

The KiSS community group sees service-oriented architecture as a main paradigm for application creation. However, it is not enough to say that there is a set of some services that can be integrated according to the application needs. The integration is facilitated with
semantic descriptions of the services. Furthermore, the special components are required at system run time in order to allow dynamic composition of the services accordingly semantic representation of adjusted or new system goals.

- The community is going to categorize different possible architectures to allow knowledgedriven approach for system integration. It provides reference architectures that also point out possible technologies for the solution implementation. The community targets different application domains and industries in order to benefit from cross-domain vision on development of knowledge-driven systems, states Lobov.

Call for chairs opened

W3C Communities are proposed and run by the community itself. Community Groups may choose to develop test suites, white papers, demos, or merely to hold discussions. The KiSS group is managed by 6 re-electable chairs. All the chair positions are currently
open for applications. The roles and responsibilities of the chairs go as follows:

- General chair: Ideologist. Overall synchronization between different pillars of the KiSS. PR with other groups and external stakeholders. Member attraction, community group development.
- Chair for integration: Integration technologies, web service composition.
- Chair for knowledge: Knowledge representation and reasoning standards and methodologies.
- Chair for devices: Embedded devices, their adoption for KiSS.
- Chair for services: Web services, standards, methodologies for service definition.
- Chair for application domains: KiSS in different application domains. Cross-domain learning and development. Benchmarking.

- We welcome everyone to join and participate on the group. When and if successful, the group could allow us to shape the
industry and thus affect the future of European economy and on a larger scale the whole humankind, which extensively and daily
uses W3C standards. Taking a position of a chair is a responsibility that can provide a front row seat in these new developments.
Still, it is not necessary to have previous experience with W3C community groups. Most important are enthusiasm and subject
knowledge. So, if you believe in loosely-coupled service-oriented semantically-enhanced systems, please, consider joining the
movement, says Lobov.

KiSS community group can be found at

eScop is a three-year software development project, including 10 European partners and coordinated by FAST
Laboratory at Tampere University of Technology. The aim of the project is to create service oriented framework that
allows building and simulating factory and process control systems. This approach is called open, knowledge driven
manufacturing executing system.