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Archive for September, 2011

An exciting one day conference is organised in Swansea, UK, on Tuesday, 18 October 2011 with practical workshops, informative speakers and true stories for people with learning disabilities and the people who work with them.
The day will look at how people with learning disabilities can get involved in the decisions that affect their lives and how those working with them can encourage them to get their voices heard and include them.
For further information about the conference click here or call Rebecca Watkins on +44 (0)29 2068 1161.
Also available: Exhibiting opportunities – last few stands remaining!

CEN, CENELEC and ETSI are organising a 2nd open workshop on “European Accessibility requirements in public procurement of ICT products and services” to be held in Brussels on 28 October 2011. This is the second of a series of three workshops that give stakeholders an opportunity to learn about the work, to discuss the latest drafts of the standards and reports and to give feedback about the work being done.
Participation is free of charge, but registration is required. Palentype and sign language can be made available upon request. To register please send an email to Ms. Franoise Wanson (, by the 21st of October, indicating name, company and if special assistance is required.”

The 13th International Conference on Computers Helping People with Special Needs (ICCHP’13) will take place at the University of Linz, Austria on July 11-13, with a pre-conference on July 9-10.

ICCHP focuses on eInclusion for people with disabilities and older adults enabling a more independent life, participation and inclusion and improved services and support. By its nature, ICCHP has a wide area of topics and a future oriented mission:
* Full and short to be published in Springer Lecture Notes in Computer Science
* Special track on Universal Learning Design (ULD), organised by the Support Centre for Students with Special Needs, Masaryk University Brno, Czech Republic
* Organise your own Special Thematic Session (STS)
* Workshops, tutorials and seminars
* Meetings, presentations, posters and exhibition
* Young Researchers Consortium (YRC)
* ICCHP Summer University 2012: Math, Science and Statistics for Visually Impaired Users
* Project:Possibility – Programming Competition for eAccessibility Solutions
* The Austrian Computer Society’s ICCHP Roland Wagner Award in the range of 3000€

And much more! Please refer to the below Call for Papers (pdf and rtf version) and visit

Come and get involved and distribute the call widely!

The roadmap is a collaborative text from and for digital Inclusion practitioners across Europe. It aims to gather concrete solutions to common problems; show what eInclusion practitioner are already doing; mobilise support and tools from relevant decision makers and sectors. It is planned that the contributors with the most concrete inputs will be invited to present the most important issues from the Roadmap to Neelie Kroes, Vice President of the European Commission responsible for the digital agenda. The Roadmap will be discussed and adopted by the delegates of the Gdansk conference on Innovation for Digital Inclusion, 5-7 October 2011 (you can still register to the conference!).
The draft roadmap is expecting contributions before Wednesday September 28, 2011.
The roadmap draws on stakeholder expertise and is interested also in your contribution. Below you will find the federated collaborative approach to policy consultation.

Karel Van Isacker presented AEGIS at the DRT4ALL conference on 27/06/2011 in Madrid, Spain.

Press Information

September 7, 2011

OASIS (, a research project partially funded by the European Commission under FP7, promises to revolutionize the interoperability, quality, breadth and usability of services addressed to older persons through ontologies and semantic web services.

First results will be presented at the 10th International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC 2011) in Bonn, Germany (October 23 – 27, 2011).

How to support holistically the independent living and mobility of the older citizens across Europe? How to connect services for the elderly in an one-stop-shop fashion and interrelate and integrate those services?

OASIS (Open architecture for Accessible Services Integration and Standardisation), a research project partially funded by the European Commission (FP7-ICT, GA# 215754), has developed an open and innovative reference architecture, based upon ontologies and semantic web services. This architecture enables plug & play and cost effective interoperability, seamless connectivity and sharing of content between existing and newly developed services in all domains required for the independent living of older people and for the enhancement of their Quality of Life.

The project addresses the issue of direct re-usability of information across heterogeneous services and devices through the common understanding and sharing of contextual information.

The OASIS platform allows aggregation of different services which offers the unique benefit of enhancing each of the services through a synergic exchange of information. In consequence, each application can adapt to the specific needs of the user

By fostering interoperability, standardization and organizational / business arrangements based on cooperative and aggregating models, OASIS addresses some of the main weaknesses in this area. These include fragmentation and duplication, poor cooperation among the key players of the value chain and lack of sustainable business models. “By these means, OASIS aims to contribute to the sustainability and efficiency of social and health care systems” says Project Coordinator Silvio Bonfiglio.

OASIS will moreover boost and improve the competitiveness of the markets for innovative products and services, responding to the ageing challenge at both EU and global level, thus creating new opportunities for businesses.

The research work carried out by the OASIS Project in the field of ontologies and semantic web services will be discussed during the half-day OASIS Symposium (October 25, 2011:14:00-18:00), co-located with the 10th International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC 2011) in Bonn, Germany ( October 23 – 27, 2011).

Press is invited to attend the Symposium.

Contact: Dagmar Roeller – Email:


OASIS Symposium at the ISWC 2011: Hyper-Ontologies and Modularity for Semantic Interoperability

The aim of the OASIS Symposium is to serve as a forum to exchange ideas with regard to the realization of a semantic interoperability of services.

The common vision of the Semantic Web is the achievement of seamless and transparent interoperability of services across diverse providers by making the meaningful content of those services openly accessible. For content to become ‘meaningful’ it must be related to more general information schemes for which some semantics has already been provided. Such information schemes range from tag collections, which impose an indirect semantics by means of induced similarity across tagged entities to formal ontologies, which explicity represent class-subclass relationships, the attributes of such classes as well as additional information that may be known about combinations of such classes and their instances. Whereas the semantic information that is explicitly maintained in ontologies might appear ideal for realizing the Semantic Web vision, substantial problems still render this goal difficult in practice. The symposium will address these problem areas.

More specifically OASIS addresses:

(i) the inherent complexity of constructing the high quality formal specifications necessary for trustworthy reasoning and (ii) the tendency for many formal specifications to emerge with little overlap in their coverage, modeling styles and intended semantics.

The solutions being explored involve: the replacement of large-scale ontologies by small-scale, application-specific ontologies maintained by those who know their data best, the system developers; automatic and semi-automatic support tools for allowing system developers to flexibly relate their data with re-usable ontologies in their domains of application; and the automatic generation of code supporting seamless data transfer across and within applications. The resulting framework relies on the well supported inter-linking of heterogeneous ‘ontological modules’, which we term a hyper-ontology.

The symposium will present results achieved to date and – through the contribution of highly qualified speakers, external to the OASIS Consortium – will raise issues in the formal foundations and guidelines for future hyper-ontology work and discuss opportunities for new standardization initiatives in the area of hyperontology-driven interoperability.

Specific attention will be devoted to interoperability spanning complex services in the areas of Independent Living, Autonomous and Smart Homes and Workplaces and to the provision of cross-domain networked ontologies, a goal which is itself a substantial research challenge.

Relevant topics that will be raised during the OASIS Symposium presented by renowned experts both internal and external to the OASIS Consortium, include:

  • Modular Ontology Design
  • Reasoning over content from multiple sources
  • Query processing over multiple linked datasets
  • Creating applications drawing on multiple data sources
  • Open Ontology Repositories
  • Information and design quality of ontologies
  • Semantic Web Services and support tools

The program is completed by a Round Table discussion titled “Interoperability, Applications and Hyper-ontologies: the way forward”.

You can sign up for the OASIS Symposium when registering for the ISWC.

For further information about the OASIS Symposium, please contact or :

John Bateman – Chair of the Symposium Organizing Committee


Silvio Bonfiglio – OASIS Project Coordinator


Evangelos Bekiaris – OASIS Project Technical Manager


For further information about the OASIS Project, please visit the web site