Interactive Knowledge Stack (IKS)

Funding: EU-Project (Large Scale Integrated Project), Seventh Framework Programme
Project Runtime: January 2009 – December 2012 (48 months)
Project Budget: 227.548 Euro (Total: 8,5 M. Euro)

Interactive Knowledge Stack for small to medium CMS/KMS providers

Collaborative Large-scale Integrating Project EU-IST Seventh Framework Programme- ICT-2007-4.4 "Intelligent Content and Semantics"

What is Interactive Knowledge?

IKS, Interactive Knowledge Stack, is an Integrating Project part-funded by the European Commission. It started in January 2009 and will provide an open source technology platform for semantically enhanced content management systems. IKS is targeted on the hundreds of SMEs in Europe, which are providing technology platforms for content and knowledge management to thousands of end user organisations. Downstream, hundreds of housands of corporate end users and millions of content consumers are affected by the quality of service provided through these platforms. However, the majority of these platforms lack the capability for making use of semantic web enabled, intelligent content and, therefore, lack the capacity for users to interact with the content at the user‘s knowledge level. The major technological result of the project will be the „Interactive Knowledge Stack“, a layered set of software components and specifications which will make traditional content management platforms capable of dealing with the future "Semantic Web". IKS is developed by a consortium of seven research partners and six industrial partners who use open source content management technology for their CMS and KMS frameworks:

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Our contribution

ISS will contribute 46 man months to the IKS project. The focus lies on the development of an “Intelligent Bathroom” use case which represents the "far out" vision of Interactive Knowledge by merging advanced content and knowledge management technologies with technologies developed by research on Ambient Intelligence and Internet of Things. In this use case, ISS collaborates with DFKI and Duravit AG, a leading manufacturer of high-quality bathroom equipment who provides IKS with high-end bathroom infrastructures. In Duravit’s latest show rooms ISS demonstrates the use of multimedia knowledge-driven Ambient Intelligence Infotainment within bathroom scenarios. For instance, you are taking a bath while watching a football match with muted sound and you are listening to music while waiting for a goal to be scored. Suddenly, you have a great idea concerning your work and with some simple spoken commands you dim the music, add your computer desktop to the display, and re-plan your latest project through gesture interaction while still relaxing in the bath...

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To realize this vision, ISS develops an initial design method for interactive knowledge-supported intelligent environments (Workpackage 2) and deploys intelligent environments supported by interactive knowledge according to previously defined requirements (Workpackage 4). The final results are evaluated intelligent environments with different degrees of embedded interactive knowledge that support defined application scenarios. Based on design specifications of intelligent environments supported by interactive knowledge. We will develop instrumented environments within the context of bathrooms provided by the confirmed (external) application partner Duravit AG. In June 2011 we demonstrated a software prototype for an embedded interactive knowledge management in our "bathroom" environment.

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Group leader: Sabine Janzen

Related publications

Maass, W. & Janzen, S.

Pattern-Based Approach for Designing with Diagrammatic and Propositional Conceptual Models, 6th Int. Conf. on Design Science Research in Information Systems and Technology (DESRIST 2011), Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA, 2011.
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Janzen, S., Filler, A., Maass, W.

Designing Ubiquitous Information Systems based on Conceptual Models, Workshop "Sozio-technisches Systemdesign im Zeitalter des Ubiquitous Computing (SUBICO 2011)" at Informatik 2011, Berlin, 2011.
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Janzen, S., Kowatsch, T. & Maass, W.

Springer (ed.)
A Methodology for Content-Centered Design of Ambient Environments, DESRIST 2010: Global Perspectives on Design Science Research, St. Gallen, Switzerland, 2010, pp. 210-225.
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Janzen, S., Kowatsch, T., Maass, W. & Filler, A.

Linkage of Heterogeneous Knowledge Resources within In-store Dialogue Interaction, 9th International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC 2010), Shanghai, China, 2010.
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