UC3

University Carlos III de Madrid, Spain

The University Carlos III of Madrid (UC3M) is a public university founded in 1989. Its main goal is to provide specialised training in Law and Social Sciences and Engineering, as well as to become a prime European research centre. 

UC3M has strived, since its foundation, to make research one of the fundamental pillars of its activity, both for the enhancement of its teaching and for the new knowledge and new areas of research. UC3M is organized into 26 Departments and 24 University Research Institutes. In addition, since 2005 it has an Official Catalogue of Research Groups, composed of scholars who share common lines of work, carry out collaborative research project and publish jointly. The Catalogue is comprised of 118 groups, which cover almost all of bodies of knowledge and studies at UC3M. UC3M, as university, has a national reputation for its research efficiency. It holds second place in participation in the EU Framework Programme (standardized data by number of permanent researchers) and second in average number of publications per permanent researcher in the period 2002-2006 (Web of Science). Recently (Report 2009 of CNEAI-National Commission for Evaluation of Research Activity), UC3M has reached the top of the Spanish universities in research activity. Main figures (numbers below are from 2009): Researchers: 1.855; Research Teams: 118; Doctoral students: 555; Chairs of Research: 25; Research & Innovation Centers (national or regional): 4; Technology Laboratories: 7; - Research funding: 23,3 Million€; Competitive (regional, national or international programmes) 13,3 M€; R&D contracts with Industry: 8,7 M€; Others: 1,3 M€.

Institution

The Carlos III University of Madrid pursues the creation of an innovative university and the offering of a University model based on a quality-oriented philosophy. In this sense, modern, flexible and multidisciplinary curricula have been designed trying to meet the scientific and technological demand of the Society. The university is located in the southern metropolitan area of Madrid and has three colleges: the Faculty of Law and Social Sciences, the Faculty of Humanities, Communication and Library Science and the School of Engineering. Concerning the training area, the University Carlos III  of Madrid was the first one  in Spain to be fully adapted to the requirements of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) (The Bologna Process) and offers studies in most of the scientific disciplines.The Information Engineering Group is a crossdepartmental research group (Library Scienceand Computer Science) at the University Carlos III of Madrid. This group has built its experience in the application of computer science programming tools to information treatment in different formats and media. As a result, methodologies, repository structures and tools have been gathered for information acquisition, classification & organisation and information retrieval.

Task: 

The tasks are..
- to structure the metaglossarywith a Knowledge Organization System [A3]. 
- to design a model that links the glossary with assets in the repository and the directory [B3].
- to define requirements in the Search Engine System and to analyze alternative positioning algorithms [A6]
- to facilitate harvesting to external tools, thus facilitating interoperability [B3].
- to incorporate metadata vocabularies and semantic documents to the system [B3]

Experience

The Knowledge Reuse Group is a group integrated by Library Science and Computer Science researchers. Since 1996, its main goal has been the study of Knowledge Representation Systems and Information Retrieval. An important research effort in the group is concerned with the development of ontologies from scratch. In order to accomplish this goal we employ NLP, IE, and text mining techniques. The KR has been involved in several research projects, either European (ESPRIT, MLAP, FEDER, AUTOHAZARD, etc.) , Spanish national (CICYT, AVANZA, etc..) or Madrid’s based. The most important ones are IMDEX, AUTOSOFT, GRAMCHECK, SEMSE, REID, GATOAC and ATICATE. Verbal Thesaurus, and SEMSE are projects financed by the Spanish National Plan of Scientific Research, Development and Technological Innovation. Spanish National Plan of I+D+I. In the SEMSE project we tried to develop a repository of alignments between ontologies, improving interoperability. All of these projects are related with a PhD dissertation carried out by some of the  researchers in our group. The group has also a doctoral dissertation in search engine optimization and an international patent to improve positioning algorithms with artificial intelligence (WO2009ES070517).

Profile of staff

Three are the technical profiles that the described tasks need:
- Experts in Semantic Web and interoperability (V. Palacios, J. Morato)
- Experts in Knowledge Organization Systems (S. Sanchez, JA Moreiro, J.Llorens)
- Experts in information retrieval (natural language retrieval and metadata retrieval) and positioning algorithms (J. Urbano, J. Morato)
The profiles to help in the implementating tasks also need this kind of  knowledge (especially in semantic web languages) and skills in computing programming as well as web architectures.
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