The consortium comprises expertise in Semantic Web technologies, ontological engineering, machine learning, Web search, information retrieval, databases and knowledge stores. With CWI's reputation in the database world, LOD2 aims to substantially contribute to cross-fertilization between database and semantic web research. The LOD2 consortium has engineering power provided by TenForce, Exalead and OpenLink Software as well as dissemination and exploitation expertise provided by its innovative SMEs (Exalead, Openlink, TenForce and SWC), a large corporation (WKD) and the eGovernment and Open Knowledge communities represented in the consortium by OKFN. Within efforts such as the Linking Open Data effort, DBpedia and MonetDB (and numerous smaller community and open-source projects), the project partners demonstrated that they can achieve high-impact results.

LOD2 Partner

University of Economics, Czech Republic

The Knowledge Engineering Group at the University of Economics, Prague (UEP) has been involved in semantic web research since 2001, focusing on ontology matching, ontological engineering, as well as approaches based on data mining and text mining. Its recent activities address applications of Linked Data in government and e-commerce. In early 2010 it initiated a Czech and Slovak Linked Data initiative called Semanti-CS, which aims to promote Linked Data publication and usage.


TenForce brings in LOD2: (1) thorough expertise in industrial implementation of taxonomies and metadata for automatic categorization and content management, (2) hands-on experience in conducting large-scale projects in this matter, such as portals for Wolters Kluwers Europe and the European Commission, (3) the capacity to deliver product quality thanks to years’ experience in engineering methodologies when building software products.

National University of Ireland, Galway

NUIG will guarantee technical excellence in reliable large-scale data processing with the same practices which have been daily driving the works behind the Sindice and projects. NUIG will provide the relevance, feasibility and consensus of the initiative thanks to the continuous interaction between the Linked Data community and the Linked Data Research Centre, a cross institute initiative.


Exalead will contribute and advance components of its search engine infrastructure, with emphasis on semantic linked data and search on linked data. Exalead search technology will be adapted and integrated as a component in the LOD2 Stack. An open search API will be developed to browse and access to the semantic linked data. As an (application) service provider in corporate environments, Exalead will lead the specification, setup and implementation of the enterprise use case (WP8). In addition to this, Exalead will provide a prominent channel for exploiting this use case and the outcomes of the LOD2 project as a whole.

Open Knowledge Foundation

Adaptation of the LOD2 Stack for Support with legal mechanisms for knowledge sharing and with open standards. Research and consultation with end-user communities. Dissemination and communication with relevant knowledge users and providers.

Universität Leipzig

Project coordination; develop knowledge structuring and enrichment algorithms as well as browsing, visualization and authoring interfaces; collaborate with OKFN in order to employ LOD2 results in the use case.

University of Mannheim

The Web-based Systems Group at the University of Mannheim explores technical and economic questions concerning the development of global, decentralized information environments.

OpenLink Software

OpenLink contributes in particular to developing the scalable LOD2 knowledge store (WP2); to track and inference about data provenance and reliability; to support personalized views on knowledge and spatial data; alerts on data; to contribute to standardization activities regarding the integration of semantic and spatial technologies.

Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica

CWI will be primarily involved in WP2 and work together with OpenLink on improving RDF data management with state-of-the-art database research approaches. CWI will be involved with a minor stake in WP5 in order to evaluate and adapt browsing and navigation in large-scale knowledge bases.

Wolters Kluwer

WKD will primarily work on adapting and evaluating the LOD2 Stack for media and publishing, as well as contribute to the use case, due to the experience as a publisher with governmental information.

Instytut Informatyki Gospodarczej, Poland

The Business Information Systems Institute Ltd is a Polish SME established in 2006 by researchers in the area of Information Systems. It is a spin-off set up to conduct innovative projects with required strong research involvement and potential for commercialization and its main capital is the know-how of its founders. The mission of the company is to create innovative IT technologies and their application for business.

Institute Mihajlo Pupin, Serbia

The Institute Mihajlo Pupin (IMP) is a leading Serbian R&D institution in information and communication technologies, the largest and oldest in the whole South Eastern Europe. The institute was founded in 1946 and has 473 employees, 250 of them being researchers.

Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)

KAIST (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology) was established in 1971 as the nation’s first graduate school specializing in science and engineering education and research. It is currently located in the Daedeok Research Complex in Daejeon, South Korea. Daedeok complex is the nation’s R&D capital and home to some 50 public and private research institutes, universities and high-tech and venture capital companies. For the 2009 academic year, over 8,000 students are enrolled; 3,452 in the bachelor’s, 2,197 in the master’s, and 2,357 in the doctorate programs. In 2009, KAIST was placed 21st in the area of engineering and information technology in this year's world university rankings in the prestigious Times Higher Education-QS World University rankings.

Zemanta d.o.o.

Zemanta builds a contextual engine that takes text, analyzes it, and finds related content that compliments the original text (images, related stories, links and tags). The engine is built around contextual analysis and semantics, runs in real time, and is quite scalable. Zemanta was founded in 2007 and in March 2008 launched a service for bloggers. It now serves 100.000 monthly active bloggers. Zemanta developed additional services for professional media, an API for third party developers, and a contextual service for email (gMail and Yahoo Mail).

Semantic Web Company

SWC adopt the tool Poolparty, a self-developed modeling tool for corporate thesauri, as a component for the LOD2 stack. SWC will provide its expertise in technology assessment and business development when it comes to evaluate the economic rationale, organisational effects and the commercial potential of semantic web technologies. SWC will investigate governance and regulatory issues such as competition, IPR issues and privacy thereby contributing to the use cases in WP 7, 8 & 9. Our expertise in communicating the principles, technologies and especially business needs for semantic web applications on the one hand and the „translation“ of practical problems into technological concepts on the other hand will help to disseminate the findings beyond the scope of the use cases.

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