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ONTOCHAIN - Trusted, transparent and traceable ontological knowledge on blockchain

Publish Date: 17.11.2020

Category: Interdisciplinary research, Our contribution to sustainable development goals

Sustainable development goals: 9 Industry, innovation and infrastructure (Indicators)

 A Next Generation Internet project funded under call ICT-54 Blockchain for the Next Generation Internet

During the past few hundred years humanity has generated an immense body of knowledge. With the invention of the Internet, the Semantic Web and associated services, it is now possible for people World-wide to participate in the generation and use of knowledge more than it has been ever before. However, today’s Internet is affected by different threats such as:

·       Centralization of power (indexes, computational resources), which allows represents an unbalance of power and between information between providers and users;

·       Unknown or unverifiable provenance of information, which leads to distrust in information and to the propagation of fake information;

·       Anonymity and unreliable identities, which keeps Internet users from trusting contributors, sellers and so forth;

·       No fair rewards for good quality contributions, which creates an ecosystem in which low quality data is the norm.

Under the European Commission’s Next Generation Internet (NGI) initiative, the ONTOCHAIN project, which is funded by the Horizon 2020 programme, empowers internet innovators with a novel software ecosystem that can be used to build trustworthy applications with advanced knowledge management mechanisms in various domains. These include trustworthy web and social media, trustworthy crowdsensing, trustworthy service orchestration, and decentralised and unsupervised online social networks and similar domains.

 The ONTOCHAIN project supports academia and high-tech companies in its three consecutive research and innovation phases: Phase 1: Research (research proposals, awards, and challenges for conferences), Phase 2: Protocol Suite & Software Ecosystem Foundations (prototypes and solutions) and Phase 3: Applications and Experimentation (prototypes and solutions). Specific marketable solutions will be developed for domains such as health, economy, mobility, public services, energy and sustainability, news, media, entertainment, Industry 4.0, tourism and so on. The ONTOCHAIN Consortium provides coaching and mentoring for the stakeholders towards our common goal to deliver a software ecosystem for trusted knowledge management in dynamic ecosystems of actors and resources with novel on-chain and off-chain data, metadata, ontologies, knowledge and information methods. This will process will lead towards an ONTOCHAIN community, a group of researchers and innovators that have stakes in the marriage between the Semantic Web and Blockchain.

The project, which started on September 1st and will last for 3 years, is operated by 7 partners with complementary expertise that form the core of a vibrant ecosystem: European Dynamics (Luxembourg), UL (University of Ljubljana), IntelliSemantic (Italy), iExec Blockchain Tech (France), Athens University of Economics and Business (Greece), German Hellenic Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Greece) and F6S (Ireland). Professor Vlado Stankovski from the Faculty of Computer Science and Informatics, University of Ljubljana is the ONTOCHAIN’s Scientific and Technical Coordinator.






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