Innovation is our key value. The Flexilab community belives that open innovation is successful in the fields of Educational Technology and eGovernment. Our aim is to establish an open innovation platform, which is fundamental for an up-to date, market ready product and service portfolio for citizens across Europe. Therefore this living lab is aiming to collect and maintain a network of stakeholders around the abovementioned domains, who have been actively contributing to the European research area with various products and services, targeting wide range of costumers.
Research in highlight:
In order to model the knowledge content of a specific domain, ontologies are developed. Ontologies consist of the main concepts of an area supplemented with semantic relationships, and background knowledge. Ontologies provide an essential basis for knowledge based expert systems and other IT applications. Ontologies can be used in countless areas: education, identity management, business informatics, legal applications, enterprise modelling, HR allowance modelling, and wireless communications of course.
Mobile education and learning is one of the most promising application domains of wireless communication. It is at the same time one of the areas where network members have expertise proven in several European Union supported Leonardo da Vinci projects coordinated by Ericsson Competence Solutions, one of the pioneering global organisations in the moble field.
Knowledge based system development
These systems are used for storing knowledge related to a specific domain, for automating specific processes, and for supporting problem solving and decision making. The heart of a knowledge-based system is the knowledge base itself which we develop using ontologies. The experiences of FILAB’s founders extend to the development of knowledge-based systems with the CommonKADS methodology, and to successful participation in national and international projects including the European FP6 IST projects GUIDE (Government User IDentity for Europe) and SAKE (Semantic-enabled Agile Knowledge-based eGovernment).
Semantic technologies concentrate on meaning. They include amongst other solutions for information and meaning extraction, recognition of topics and concepts, and categorization. Semantic technologies provide an abstraction layer above existing IT technologies that enables bridging and interconnection of data, content, and processes. Second, from the portal perspective, semantic technologies can be thought of as a new level of depth that provides far more intelligent, capable, relevant, and responsive interaction than with information technologies alone. Ontologies have a key role in semantic technologies; they serve in many cases as a base for knowledge extraction and semantic search.
Legal aspects of Information Society
Development of IT possibilities in the legal field. We have experiences in modelling legal knowledge for supporting exchange of domestic and Union level legalisation knowledge, providing compatibility, and supporting the work of different levels of legislation and judicial processes.