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Jožef Stefan Institute
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European NoE project PLANET DATA is launched

Jozef Stefan Institute has launched on October 11 2010, together with other eight European organizations, the Network of Excellence PlanetData. Three departments from the Institute joined forces to provide a mix of skills and technology to support the European research community: the Department of Knowledge Technologies (E8), the Department of Communication Systems (E6) and the Centre for Knowledge Transfer in Information Technology (CT3). PlanetData is supported by the European Commission with a 3 million Euro contribution under the 7th framework programme.

The main objective of the project is to establish a sustainable European community of researchers that support organizations in exposing their data in new and useful ways. With the enormous amounts of data continuously published online, including data streams, (micro)blog posts, digital archives, eScience resources, public sector data sets, and the Linked Open Data Cloud, it is very important to establish a system that links this data and provides users with more information and consequently enables them to have a better understanding of the data. It allows businesses, governments, communities and individuals to take decisions in an informed manner, ensuring competitive advantages, and general welfare.

The research conducted at JSI will address the key challenges related to large data sets. It will provide representations for stream-like data, and scalable techniques to publish, access and integrate such data sources on the Web. It will establish mechanisms to assess, record, and, where possible, improve the quality of data through repair and define means to capture the context in which data is produced and understood – including space, time and social aspects. Finally, it will develop access control mechanisms. By addressing these challenges, complemented by a comprehensive training, dissemination, standardization and networking program, we will enable and promote effective exposure of data at planetary scale.

Within the project, the Centre for Knowledge Transfer is leading the training activity, which includes the development of the training materials (presentations, tutorials etc.), organization of the training events and dissemination trough VideoLectures.NET ( The main activities of the Department of Knowledge Technologies within the research are trend and anomaly detection in non-structured data and composed event detection in multiple data sources, while the Department of Communication Systems is contributing sensor datasets collected from real world testbeds ( and their integration into Linked Open Data Cloud.

The project was launched in October 2010 and is due to end in September 2014. It is led by the Semantic Technology Institute (STI), at the Austrian University of Innsbruck. Other consortium members are the Dutch National Research Institute for Mathematics and Computer Science’s Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI), in Amsterdam, Holland; the Distributed Information Systems Laboratory (LSIR) at the EPFL School of Computer and Communication Sciences in Lausanne, Switzerland; the Information Systems Laboratory of the Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas (FORTH) in Heraklion, Greece; the Web-based Systems Group at the Freie Universitat of Berlin, Germany; the Department of Knowledge Technologies at the Jozef Stefan Institute in Ljubljana, Slovenia; the Institute of Applied Informatics and Formal Description Methods (AIFB) of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), in Karlsruhe, Germany; the Ontological Engineering Group (OEG) based at the UPM Facultad de Informatica in Madrid, Spain, and STI International, in Vienna , Austria.

To find out more about the PlanetData project, please visit