Overall Objectives
Scientific Foundations
Application Domains
New Results
Contracts and Grants with Industry
Other Grants and Activities
Inria / Raweb 2003
Project: ACACIA

Project : acacia

Section: Overall Objectives

Overall Objectives

Context and Objectives

Our multidisciplinary project aims at offering methodological and software support (i.e. models, methods and tools) for knowledge management (i.e., for building, managing and distributing a corporate memory). This research can be extended to any organization or community.

Research Topics

We study the case where the building of a corporate memory relies on use of knowledge underlying documents, on the management of links between documents and knowledge bases or on the modelling of multiple viewpoints. We study knowledge acquisition, modelling and management from multiple expertise sources (experts and documents).We are especially interested in several scenarios of corporate memory: technical memory, profession memory and project memory, in particular in concurrent design, skills management and scientific and technological watch.

We study the problems raised by the dissemination of knowledge through a knowledge server via the corporate Intranet or via the Web: we consider the semantic Web as a privileged way for supporting management of knowledge distributed either inside a company or between several companies. We aim at building knowledge servers enabling search for information in a heterogeneous corporate memory, this search being "intelligently" guided by ontologies and ontological annotations.

This work is a contribution to the construction of a semantic Web for a company or a community. We focus on the case of a corporate memory materialized in the form of a XML-based corporate semantic Web.

For representing ontologies or knowledge models, we use the CommonKADS acquisition method, Sowa's conceptual graphs formalism and the languages of the XML galaxy (especially RDF - Resource Description Framework).

Our research topics can be decomposed as follows:

International and industrial relations

Our work was applied in the context of the IST project CoMMA. We collaborate or collaborated with industrialists in the field of aeronautics (Aerospace, Dassault-Aviation, EADS), of the car industry (Renault), of telecommunications (CSELT, T-NOVA, Telecom Valley), of the service integration (Atos Origin) or with research center in accidentology (INRETS), in civil engineering sector (CSTB). We recently started collaborations in the field of health (Nautilus) or biology (IPMC). We have international relations with Griffith University and CSIRO (Australia), Parma University (Italia) and T-Systems Nova (Germany). We take part in the OntoWeb thematic network.