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Data, Information, and Process Integration with Semantic Web Services  - Project DIP -


DIP’s objective has been to develop and extend Semantic Web and Web Service technologies in order to produce a new technology infrastructure for Semantic Web Services (SWS) - an environment in which different web services can discover and cooperate with each other automatically. DIP's long term vision is to deliver the enormous potential benefits of Semantic Web Services to e-Work and e-Commerce.



The objectives and work plan of DIP have been described as very ambitious.


Over a 100 specialists and researchers from all over Europe worked together for 3 years contributing over 1800 person-months of effort to the project. The research results, summarised in DIP’s “4 Golden Bullets”, are contained in some 250 deliverables - including reports, prototypes, standards specifications and a DIP movie - most of which are public domain and available for download from this site.


Dissemination was a substantial focus area of all project related activities. As of November 2006 the DIP Consortium had published or contributed to 15 Journal papers, 8 Books (including a forthcoming 'DIP book'), 4 Book chapters, 63 Workshop papers (in 56 Workshops), 123 Conference papers (presented at 79 Conferences), 48 Invited talks, 21 Tutorials, 12 Posters and 3 Technical Reports.

Detailed plans for quality assurance were agreed with the European Commission at the outset and adhered to throughout the project's life cycle. No major deviations were observed, and all out-of-line situations were swiftly resolved with no negative impact on DIP.

An outstanding success

The final Project Review was held on 25 and 26 of October, 2006, in Innsbruck, Austria. The unanimous conclusion of the reviewers was that the project was a resounding success with no significant deviations from its stated work plan. In particular, the review report contained the following comments:

“…it is anticipated that the results will have a significant impact upon the research community for some time. The excellent results have been achieved in all respects: theory, technology, tools, industrial cases, standardization and dissemination.”

“Exploitation and Dissemination activities are convincingly real and very powerful, to the extent that the project has probably witnessed (and has in no small way contributed to) the successful conception of a new SWS generation. Europe is now the global centre-of-gravity for SWS.”

 “The DIP partners have ensured that the project has become a flagship project. Without exception the partners have worked extremely hard from the start of the project and have collaborated with each other in an exemplary fashion. Overall, DIP has been a paragon of collaborative research. The reviewers would be pleased if DIP was drawn on by the CEC as an exemplar project, in order to demonstrate the increased value of carrying out international collaborative research.”

Dr. Sigurd Harand, Project Co-ordinator and Manager

Dr. John Domingue, Scientific Director

Basic facts about DIP

DIP is an Integrated Project (no. FP6 - 507483) supported by the European Union's FP6 programme. It started on 1st January 2004 and came to an end officially on 31 Dec 2006.  It had a total funding of €16.3 M.

DIP is part of a larger cluster called European Semantic Systems initiative (ESSI) through which it leverages its dissemination and awareness activities.  ESSI currently is made up of projects DIP, SEKT, KnowledgeWeb, SUPER, ASG (Adaptive Services Grid) and TripCom.

DIP also worked in cooperation with a number of bodies - the World Wide Web Consortium's (W3C) Semantic Annotations of WSDL group, the OASIS Semantic Execution Environment (SEE) Technical Committee, and OMG - towards international standardisation in the area.

Project objectives - '4 golden bullets'
  • Open Source Architecture for Semantic Web Services
  • Real Use Case Implementations of SWS in different sectors:
    • B-2-B in Telecoms                                                 - Telecommunications sector
    • Intelligent Information Management and EAI      - e-Government sector
    • Dynamic & Smart e-business                               - e-Banking sector
  • Practical, exploitable tools and methods that can be deployed for e-Work, e- Government, and e-Commerce
  • Impact on International Standards through member submissions to the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), the OASIS Semantic Execution Environment (SEE) Technical Committee, and OMG.