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INODE-Project Accepted by European Commission

The project INODE (Intelligent Open Data Exploration) was accepted by the European Commission with a total volume of close to 6 million euro. The goal of the project is to enable users to interact with data in a more dialectic and intuitive way similar to a dialog with a human.

The project is led by Kurt Stockinger of the ZHAW Datalab and consists of a consortium of nine partners from France (CNRS), Germany (Fraunhofer Gesellschaft and Max Planck Institute), Greece (ATHENA Research and Infili), Italy (University of Bolzano), Spain (SIRIS Academic) and Switzerland (Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics and Zurich University of Applied Sciences).

 

Abstract of the INODE:

Data growth and availability as well as data democratization have radically changed data exploration in the last 10 years. Many different data sets, generated by users, systems and sensors, are continuously being collected. These data sets contain information about scientific experiments, health, energy, education etc., and they are highly heterogeneous in nature, ranging from highly structured data in tabular form to unstructured text, images or videos. Furthermore, especially online content, is no longer the purview of large organizations. Open data repositories are made public and can benefit more types of users, from analysts exploring data sets for insight, scientists looking for patterns, to dashboard interactors and consumers looking for information. As a result, the benefit of data exploration becomes increasingly more prominent. However, the volume and complexity of data make it difficult for most users to access data in an easy way.


In this project we propose INODE – Intelligent Open Data Exploration. The core principle of INODE is that users should interact with data in a more dialectic and intuitive way similar to a dialog with a human. To achieve this principle, INODE will offer a suite of agile, fit-for purpose and sustainable services for exploration of open data sets that help users (a) link and leverage multiple datasets, (b) access and search data using natural language, using examples and using analytics (c) get guidance from the system in understanding the data and formulating the right queries, and (d) explore data and discover new insights through visualizations.


Our service offering is formed by and will initially respond to the needs of large and diverse scientific communities brought by our three use case providers: (a) Cancer Biomarker Research - SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics, Switzerland, (b) Research and Innovation Policy Making - SIRIS, Spain, and (c) Astrophysics - Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics, Germany.