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ANONIMO (Italian PRIN Programme)

The project aims at analyzing technological, social and legal aspects of privacy protection in data analysis, and it aims at studying and developing computational tools and methods that are capable, in a native way, to guarantee the protection of privacy in the management and analysis (knowledge extraction) of large databases, either centralized or distributed, also with reference to mobility data, situated in space and time, for location-based applications. The development of suitable protocols for trustable interactions in social networks is another crucial activity in the project. The research activities will be carried on with a specific attention to the privacy and anonymity aspects, as viewed from a legal and ethic perspective. The main objective of the project is to favor a cross fertilization between the legal and the computational viewpoints.

Start/end year: 2008–2010

Web site: http://www.dicom.uninsubria.it/ dawsec/ anonimo

QUATRO Plus (EU SIP Project 2006-211001)

This project starts from the results of the QUATRO project in order to build a more extended platform for Web quality assurance, based on the specifications released by the POWDER WG, and including social networking and collaborative rating of Web resources and content/quality labels released by third-parties.

Start/end year: 2007–2009

Web site: http://www.quatro-project.org

POWDER (W3C Working Group)

The POWDER Working Group aims at developing a mechanism through which structured metadata (“Description Resources”) can be authenticated and applied to groups of Web resources.

Start/end year: 2007–2009

Web site: http://www.w3.org/ 2007/ powder

Access Control Techniques for Distributed Environments and the Internet (Programme of the Joint Greek-Italian Committee for the Scientific and Technological Co-operation)

This project aims at developing an innovative subscription-based environment able to enforce a controlled distribution of any type of resources (both data and services) available through the Internet. The project will support fine grained access control on both the content as well as structure of the protected resources. Moreover, it will address the need for supporting both the traditional pull dissemination mode as well as push technologies for the dissemination of protected resources. Additionally, the system will provide a personalized service to users in that information distribution will take into account user interests.

Start/end year: 2006–2007

AEOLUS (EU Integrated Project FP6-015964)

The goal of this project is to investigate the principles and develop the algorithmic methods for building an overlay network that enables this efficient and transparent access to the resources of an Internet-based global network. In particular, the main objectives of this project are: 1) To identify and study the important fundamental problems and investigate the corresponding algorithmic principles related to overlay computers running on global computers. 2) To identify the important functionalities such an overlay computer should provide as tools to the programmer, and to develop, rigorously analyze, and experimentally validate algorithmic methods that can make these functionalities efficient, scalable, fault-tolerant, and transparent to heterogeneity. 3) To provide improved methods for communication and computing among wireless and possibly mobile nodes so that they can transparently become part of larger Internet-based overlay computers. 4) To implement a set of functionalities, integrate them under a common software platform in order to provide the basic primitives of an overlay computer, as well as build sample services on this overlay computer, thus providing a proof-of-concept for our theoretical results.

Start/end year: 2005–2009

Web site: http://aeolus.ceid.upatras.gr

QUATRO (EU SIAP Project 2003QL01)

The project aims at providing a common platform for quality labels making it possible for the many existing labelling schemes to be brought together through a single, coherent approach without affecting an individual scheme's assessment criteria or independence. The platform will support i) easy, flexible routes for content providers to add quality labels to their sites that are both ‘visible’ to humans and machines, ii) automatic validation of quality labels against a label operator's database, and iii) real-time probabilistic label verification. As well, the proposed platform will have direct applicability to content descriptions, classification and so-called “discovery metadata.”

Start/end year: 2004–2006

Web site: http://www.quatro-project.org

DELOS (EU IST Network of Excellence G038-507618)

The DELOS network intends to conduct a joint program of activities aimed at integrating and coordinating the ongoing research activities of the major European teams working in digital library (DL) related areas with the goal of developing the next generation DL technologies. The objective is to a) define unifying and comprehensive theories and frameworks over the life-cycle of DL information, and b) build interoperable multimodal/multilingual services and integrated content management ranging from the personal to the global for the specialist and the general population. The Network aims at developing generic DL technology to be incorporated into industrial-strength DL Management Systems, offering advanced functionality through reliable and extensible services.

Start/end year: 2004–2007

Web site: http://www.delos.info

SPADA@WEB (Italian PRIN Programme)

The project aims at developing an integration, management, and visualization system for spatial and geographical data, distributed within a Web environment and possibly heterogeneous, and able to support data accesses from both fixed and mobile clients. The development of the proposed system is motivated by the need of building tools able to make available spatial and geographical data to applications in a Web-like environment, and to integrate the various data today available in various information sources across the Web.

Start/end year: 2003–2005

Web site: http://homes.dico.unimi.it/ dbandsec/ spadaweb

DHX (EU IST Project 2001-33476)

The project aims to establish a networked virtual reality infrastructure and content development environment for museums and cyber theatres, for mutual exchange of digital cultural and natural heritage. European and Asian partners are participating for transcontinental shared immersive experience in a global scale using high-bandwidth trans Euro-Asian networks.

Start/end year: 2002–2005

Web site: http://www.eurasian-dhx.org

EUFORBIA (EU IAP Project 26505)

This project aims to demonstrate the possibility of using an unbiased and semantic-rich approach for executing an accurate (rating and) filtering of Internet documents. The principal objective of this project is to contribute to the production and use of new generations of Internet filtering systems, more powerful and flexible than the existing ones, and easier to adapt to cultural, political or religious differences.

Start/end year: 2001–2003

Web site: http://europa.eu.int/ information_society/ activities/ sip/ projects/ filtering/ euforbia/ index_en.htm

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