COMMIUS: COMMunity-based Interoperability Utilities for SMEs

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Enterprise interoperability has been addressed by research for decades without real success and little impact on SMEs. The market still lacks an affordable, easy to integrate solution: SMEs instead face costly investment, extensive integration effort and significant revision of their working tools and systems.

COMMIUS, an EC funded FP-7 project, fills that gap in interoperability solutions for SMEs; it allows them to reuse existing and familiar applications for electronic communication. The tools is downloaded for free and hooks into the SME's email infrastructure.

In essence, it is composed by three main interoperability layers: system layer where raw text of emails and attachments are analysed to extract relevant concepts; semantic layer where the extracted concepts are grouped for represent the semantical structure of documents in order to align them to a local representation called document type; finally, the process layer assists the user by recommending a suitable action according to the step the user is in a detected workflow process.



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  • Hong Linh Truong, Enrico Morten, Michal Laclavik, Thomas Burkhart, Martin Carpenter, Christoph Dorn, Panagiotis Gouvas, Kalaboukas Konstantinos, Dario Ruiz Lopez, Cesar A. Marin, Christian Melchiorre, Ana Pinuela, Martin Seleng and Dirk Werth. Email-based Interoperability Service Utilities for Cooperative Small and Medium Enterprises. International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems, Proceedings of the 11th ICEIS 2009. SciTePress: pp. 95-101. 2009.
  • Cesar A. Marin, Martin Carpenter, Usman Wajid and Nikolay Mehandjiev. Devolved Ontology in Practice for a Seamless Semantic Alignment within Dynamic Collaboration Networks of SMEs. Computing and Informatics Journal. 30(1). Institute of Informatics, SAS: pp. 31-55. 2011.
  • Usman Wajid, Panagiotis Gouvas, Nikolay Mehandjiev and Abdallah Namoune. Tool support for realising a common understanding of business documents in collaborating enterprises. ACM symposium on applied computing SAC. ACM press. 2011.
  • Silke Balzert, Thomas Burkhart, Dirk Werth, Michal Laclavik, Martin Seleng, Nikolay Mehandjiev, Martin Carpenter and Iain Duncan Stalker. State of the Art Solutions in Enterprise Interoperability. In Enterprise Information Systems for Business Integration in SMEs: Technological, Organizational, and Social Dimensions. IGI Global: pp. 201-229. 2010.
  • Daniel Joseph and Cesar A. Marin. A Study on Aligning Documents Using the Circle of Interest Technique. 5th International Conference of Software and Data Technologies. SciTePress: pp. 374-383. 2010.
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