IKS EU Research Project

The IKS EU Research Project is funded in part by a €6.58m grant from the European Union and governed by a core consortium of seven research partners and six industrial partners.

STRATEGIC POSITIONING AND MAIN ELEMENTS OF IKS 

Our starting point was that many organisations already have CMSs, ranging from corporate document management to global web content management. Some CMS providers have even got close relationships with eBusiness system providers. In other words, CMS providers often have a foot in the door when it comes to their customer base and they may be in a position to extend their business by adding services to their current portfolio. At the same time, there is a danger particularly for SMEs that their technology base is becoming inadequate. This is due to the fact that many CMS started off as simple aggregations of web-management functionality, quickly built upon the so-called LAMP Stack (Linux, Apache, mySQL, PHP). These smaller organisations cannot handle a complete system overhaul and significant R&D unless they get some assistance from outside. IKS is an attempt to redress the economic balance again, in order to give customers more choice by keeping more technology players in the game. Better even, if those technology players get additional tools in order to access more niche markets with well-suited solutions then the danger of content-monopolies or customer-access monopolies can be abated to some degree. We therefore designed the IKS technology project as follows: 

  • It is addressed primarily at European SME CMS technology providers 
  • It delivers software components which are organised as a well-defined technology stack 
  • It focuses on functionality which enables knowledge-based interaction with content  
  • It does not advocate semantic web technology per se, but focuses on utility gained from enhancing existing CMSs with semantic features 
  • It contributes to moving from one-of-a-kind design to a reference architecture as a means of fostering standardisation and governance within the CMS industry 
  • It uses RESTful services as a safe way of ensuring integration with existing CMSs 
  • It uses a strict, BSD-based open source approach to ensure re-use without constraints