Artefact-centric Service Interoperation in the Flanders Research Information Space

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About Artefact-centric Service Interoperation in the Flanders Research Information Space


Description

The Flanders Research and Information Services (FRIS) Portal is one of the main objectives of the Flemish Ministry of Economy, Science, and Innovation (EWI). Doing so they want to (i) accelerate the innovation value chain by efficient and fast access to research information for all stakeholders; (ii) offer improved customer services; and (iii) increase efficiency and effectiveness of the R&D policy. Currently they already published a portal (www.researchportal.be <http://www.researchportal.be/>) where you can visually browse and extract information about researchers, projects, and the involved institutes in the Flanders Region. The information is structured according to the European CERIF standard which will allow to integrate with similar portals in the European Union. This is essential as research is increasingly funded and conducted on a European level, see for example CERN. On top of this information infrastructure, EWI wants to build a service ecosystem for various kinds of stakeholders from researchers to policy makers, and even publication editors and the media. For example, when researchers for different transnational research institutes decide to write a research proposal, a valuable service would be the delivery of "boilerplate" content (like people profiles, average labour cost per country for budget calculation) extracted from diverse online sources (like www.academia.eu <http://www.academia.eu>) that can be automatically inserted into the proposal. This saves the proposal writers a lot of time. A more advanced service would act as a "personal assistant" that monitors the whole life-cycle of a proposal not only during writing the proposal, but the assessment of the proposal by evaluators, up to the follow-up and review of the project itself after the proposal is accepted.

In this thesis you will adopt the business artifact approach from IBM research to model the core business entities of FRIS, including research project, funding program, researcher, etc.

For each business artefacts you model its semantic context using SBVR and its flow and interactions with other business artifacts.

Finally, you will map EWI's and other stakeholders' legacy data sources on the business artifacts and validate the data flowing.