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EU-IoT and OntoCommons Workshop

July 7 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

EU-IoT and OntoCommons Workshop – Ontological interoperability, standardisation recommendations discussion

This online meeting is jointly organised by the Cooperation and Support Actions EU-IoT and OntoCommons. EU-IoT is working together with different standards developments organisations and supporting different Research and Innovation Activities (RIAs) to derive research recommendations and a fine-grained mapping of knowledge areas to standardisations with focus on IoT and Edge computing across different vertical domains. OntoCommons is collaborating with existing European and international initiatives which focus on the standardisation of documentation based on ontologies. The project aims to establish synergies with all relevant bodies and initiatives to ensure that it represents the interests of their stakeholder groups and that it carries over their key recommendations, roadmaps and requirements as part of the OntoCommons activities.

The meeting theme concerns semantic interoperability and specifically, the role of ontologies in providing interoperability. Semantic interoperability is one of the key pillars of open and flexible IoT systems. Ontologies are a key component of semantic interoperability, as they provide the foundation and capability for machines to interpret, infer knowledge from different data sets. Ontologies are, however, often vendor or protocol-based, and therefore, building universal ontologies or addressing mechanisms that can support an adequate interconnection across different ontologies is time-consuming and error-prone.

To assist in overcoming the mentioned challenges, this online workshop shall be dedicated to the discussion on the current status of ontological interoperability, provided by different key stakeholders and also provide a panel discussion for recommendations that can facilitate a better deployment of ontological interoperability across different vertical domains.

The expected outcome of this meeting is:

  • An overview of key priorities and challenges being addressed by different SDOs, e.g., AIOTI, BDVA/DAIRO, IAOTA, NIST, etc.
  • Feedback on recommendations that should be addressed in projects.
  • Additional suggestions for the coordination of standardization efforts.


15:00 – 15:10 Welcome

  • Rute C. Sofia (fortiss/CSA EU-IoT) and Hedi Karray (OntoCommons/Technical Coordinator CSA ENIT)

15:10 – 15:20

  • EU-IoT overview,Lamprini Kolovou (Martel/Project Manager CSA EU-IoT)
  • OntoCommons overview, Hedi Karray (ENIT/CSA OntoCommons)

15:20 – 15:30  Interaction session 1

  • Poll on Ontological interoperability (aspects) – what is important, on which domain do you apply them, set of challenges, etc.

15:30 – 16:35  Session I: Perspectives on Ontological Interoperability, challenges and key priorities


  • StandICT/OntoCommons Technical Working, Arkopaul Sarkar (ENIT) and Ray Walshe (DCU)
  • EU-IoT, Standardisation and Open-Source activities, Rute Sofia (fortiss/EU-IoT)
  • OpenDEI focus on standardisation, Antonio Kung (Trialog)
  • AIOTI Working Group Standardisation priorities, Laura Daniele (TNO)
  • SmartM2M (ETSI SAREF), Mauro Dragoni (Fondazione Bruno Kessler)

Questions and answers

16:35 – 16:45   Interaction session 2:  Challenges and key priorities – your perspective

  • Challenges 
  • Priorities

16:45 – 17:50   Panel: Recommendations for ontological interoperability across vertical domains


  • IAOA – Stefano Borgo (CNR)
  • NIST – Boonserm Kulvatunyou (NIST)
  • ETSI – Mauro Dragoni (FBK) 
  • AIOTI WG Standardisation – Laura Daniele (TNO)

Questions and answers

17:50 – 18:00  Summary and closure

  • Hedi Karray (OntoCommons coordinator)
  • Rute C. Sofia (fortiss/EU-IoT)


July 7
3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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