Project information
Tagging Tool based on a Semantic Discovery Framework (TaToo)

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Project Identification
Project Period
1/2010 - 12/2012
Investor / Pogramme / Project type
European Union
MU Faculty or unit
Institute of Biostatistics and Analyses
Cooperating Organization
Austrian Institute of Technology

This proposal aims to set up a semantic web solution to close the discovery gap that prevents a full and easy access to environmental resources on the web. The proposal assumes the following: 1. It is meaningless to create yet another standard to facilitate access; we must exploit existing standards; 2. The burden of facilitating access to existing resources cannot be solely delegated to the owner. The user community must play a proactive role. 3. Existing environmental resources shall not require upgrades, re-deployment, re-implementation. The proposed solution must have a low cost and deliver a high impact. The core of the project will thus focus on the development of tools allowing third parties to easily discover environmental resources (data and/or services residing on different information nodes) on the web and to add valuable information in the form of semantic annotations to these resources, thus facilitating future usage and discovery, and kicking off a beneficial cycle of information enrichment. The proposed TaToo framework will be of a generic nature and will allow the integration of semantics, taking into account the challenges of different domain-ontologies in a multidomain and multilingual context. TaToo provides three complex and extensive validation scenarios and therefore foresees skilled or expert users as the primary target user group. TaToo will encourage external validation of the usability of its framework and tools by scientific communities such as the International Environmental and Modelling Society (iEMSs), the International Federation of Information Processing (IFIP), and members of the Central and Eastern European Centre for Persistent Organic Pollutants (CEEPOPsCTR).


The key scientific objective of the project are therefore:

  • to enable the automatic and semi-automatic acquisition of meta-information from existing environmental web resources"
  • provide a methodology for structuring the acquired meta-information
  • design and implement a software Architecture for the semantically enhanced tagging of environmental resources (data, and services), allowing for “indirect tagging”, which is the tagging of resources not directly owned.


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