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domusBITae was proposed to the Seventh Frame Programme in a call devoted to Data for e-Science

posted Dec 8, 2010, 8:43 AM by José María Díaz Nafría   [ updated Sep 18, 2011, 12:15 AM ]
(2010/12/10) The call in which domusBITae took part, belongs to a larger thematic section of the Seventh Frame Programme for the promotion and deployment of electronic Infrastructures for scientific research. Its deadline was November 23rd, day in which we submitted a not fully developed proposal. The submitted texts partially described all changes included and decided within the last weeks of work, and they implied a significant variation to the initial proposal. Despite the chances to succeed in this specific contest, these novelties represent a relevant change in the proposed infrastructure and work teams which lead us to adopt them even for this call as a step for the competition into other related calls with better guarantees. These major upgrades can be synthesized in the following:
  1. Broadening of the consortium including: two Chinese partners (the Chinese Center for Overseas Social and Philosophical Theories; and the Social Information Science Institute), a German University (Hochschule München) and an academic institution devoted to e-Learning in Latin America (Fundación Universitaria Iberoamericana). This geographically and thematically represents a relevant furthering of the infrastructure scope: into the Asian and American continents, and the educational realm.
  2. A semantic core of the infrastructure as a means to bring about the integration of the infrastructure through a direct linkage with the scientific interdisciplinary clarification work. This semantic background would nourish from the glossary module, merging into a metadata structure which provides interoperability within the whole infrastructure.
  3. User interfaces based on user experience and empowered by visualization tools aimed at facilitating collaborative work, navigation and data organization. By these means the infrastructure gains another integration path more visible than the semantic background and directly linked to the usability and accessibility criteria.
  4. The design and assessment councils on: (a) security and trust, (b) usability and user experience, and (c) interoperability are oriented towards a proactive search on best practises for the design concerning these specific topics. This objective responds better to the goals of the European Commission programmes regarding the promotion of best practises.
In the next figure some of these upgrades are illustrated. Specifically: (i) the Educational oriented tools (C&E stands for Collaborative and Education, EG for Education Group) aimed at the progressive constitution of an e-Campus; (ii) the domusBITae gate split into a confederated set of sites using an specialised CMS, and a user interface integrating all the resources into the infrastructure; (iii) the semantic network linked to the metadata structures of the system as a whole, to the search engines of the user interfaces, and to the interdisciplinary glossaries.

In the page of Open/Submited Proposals the calls and programmes identified as fitted to domusBITae initiative have been systematised. For a description and access the the proposal submitted on Nov.23 see here.

The details concerning the planning of each module and working activity must be deepened, but we face now a basic proposal emerging from consortium contributions notably enhanced with respect to the original proposed system. From coordination we wish to thank the commitment of all members and wish to encourage a continuous collaboration until the inclusion of the initiative into a supported action.