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DIP is an Integrated Project under the European Commission's 6th Framework Programme with a budget of 16.3M euros. It started in January 2004 and runs for 3 years. DIP is co-ordinated by the Digital Enterprise Research Institute (DERI) of the National University of Ireland, Galway.

DIP will be implemented in three coordinated layers of activities:

Management activities

Research and Technological Development (RTD) activities

Dissemination and exploitation activities
Management activities constitute the inner-most layer of the organisation. Although they are the least visible from outside the project, Management activities support all the other activities and have as a common mission to drive the project to a successful end. They include the technical coordination of the project, the administrative, legal and financial management, relations with external projects and organisations, and the organisation and implementation of satellite projects (including the organisation of competitive calls as appropriate).
The middle layer, RTD activities, is the actual knowledge-and-results producing layer. It consists of four components: Semantic Web, Semantic Web Services, Interoperability, and Deployment.
Dissemination and Exploitation activities, the outer layer, are the visible face of DIP. They support the RTD activities in providing studies of socio-economic aspects, intellectual property, and knowledge management. These activities extend the knowledge and results through activities that promote and support their exploitation. This is done through dissemination of knowledge outside of the consortium, through training activities, and exploitation of results via take-up activities related to the pilot applications.
The output of the RTD activities will consist mainly of new technology and contributions to advancing the state of the art, via specifications, prototypes, and pilot applications. These results contribute closely to each other, thus providing for a natural integration of the activities that produce them. However, the ultimate objective of DIP is to enable the broadest deployment and adoption of Semantic Web Services. To achieve this, the RTD results must be made available, useable and appealing to the broadest possible audience:

The results must be made available outside the project, which means that they must be widely published and disseminated. But they must be published and disseminated in a useful way, which means for instance that specifications and technologies must be integrated in and promoted as standards, through the participation in widely accepted standardization bodies.

They must be made useable, which means that prototypes must be evolved into stable and supported industrialgrade products, either as commercial products after industrialization or as open-source. The scientific and technical results of the project will be usable only if current and future decision makers are informed about them, and if developers and scientists are trained to use and further develop them

Semantic Web Services will be appealing to new users if they have demonstrated benefits, and also if they are used in their business “neighbourhood” (contamination effect), which means that the process must be bootstrapped through the operational deployment of pilot applications.
While the RTD activities are necessary to make Semantic Web Services possible, the Dissemination and Exploitation activities are necessary to ensure their usage. However, given the scope and ambition of this project and given the fast evolution of the scientific and technical environment, the project will be successful only if it is able to make the right decisions in order to concentrate on activities that are maximally fruitful and productive, optimally timed, as well as complementary to and coordinated with the research and developments taking place in other organizations. Whereas the RTD activities will provide the necessary technical information and the Dissemination and exploitation activities the necessary social-economic information, it will be up to the project management to make the decisions, and to set up and maintain the administrative, legal and managerial framework to implement, enforce and support them.