address: Valhallavaegen 79
|Nazionalità Coordinatore||Non specificata|
|Totale costo||3˙738˙976 €|
|EC contributo||3˙738˙976 €|
Specific programme "People" implementing the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Community for research, technological development and demonstration activities (2007 to 2013)
|Anno di inizio||2012|
|Periodo (anno-mese-giorno)||2012-10-01 - 2016-09-30|
KUNGLIGA TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLAN
address: Valhallavaegen 79
UNIVERSITY OF CYPRUS
address: KALLIPOLEOS STREET 75
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DELL'INSUBRIA
address: Via Ravasi 2
FOUNDATION FOR RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY HELLAS
address: N PLASTIRA STR 100
address: APELVAGEN 28
UNIVERSITAT DE BARCELONA
address: GRAN VIA DE LES CORTS CATALANES 585
IBM ISRAEL - SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY LTD
address: 94 DERECH EM-HAMOSHAVOT
|IL (PETACH TIKVA)||participant||381˙903.06|
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'The rapid proliferation of Online Social Networking (OSN) sites, like Facebook and MySpace, is expected to reshape the Internet’s structure, design, and utility. Industry experts believe that OSNs create a potentially transformational change in consumer behavior and will bring a far-reaching impact on traditional industries of content, media, and communications. Nevertheless, at a European level, there is a recognized shortage of highly skilled researchers, scientists and engineers trained in building IT platforms and service infrastructures capable of hosting innovative OSN services and applications. The iSocial consortium, which consists of 7 full partners and 6 associate partners, envisions the emergence of distributed and scalable overlay networking and distributed storage infrastructures that will provide support for open social networks and for innovative social network applications, preserving end-user privacy and information ownership. The main objective of iSocial is to provide world class training for a next generation of researchers, computer scientists, and Web engineers, emphasizing on a strong combination of advanced understanding in both theoretical and experimental approaches, methodologies and tools that are required to develop Decentralized Online Social Networking platforms. iSocial training network will fund 11 Ph.D. students; 5 post-doctoral fellows for 18 month stays, 2 intensive post-graduate schools, 3 workshops and a final Conference. To meet this goal, iSocial is divided into four interconnected research topics: i)Overlay Infrastructure for Decentralized Online Social Networking Services; ii)Data storage & distribution; iii)Security, privacy & trust,iv) Modelling and Simulation. These topics include important and timely research challenges with a high exploitation potential.'
Online social networking (OSN) sites are reshaping the internet's structure, design and utility. They have the potential to transform consumer behaviour and impact traditional content, media and communications industries.
In Europe, there is a shortage of highly skilled researchers, scientists and engineers who can build IT platforms and infrastructures able to host innovative OSN services and applications. The project http://www.isocial-itn.eu/ (ISOCIAL) (iSocial: Decentralized online social networks) is helping to overcome this problem by providing top-notch training for a next generation of researchers, computer scientists and web engineers.
Backed by the EU for 4 years to end-September 2016, the training network aims to fund 11 PhD students and 5 postdoctoral fellows. Activities will include the organisation of two intensive post-graduate schools, three workshops, online courses and a final conference.
The consortium emphasises a strong combination of advanced understanding in theoretical and experimental approaches and the methodologies and tools needed to develop decentralised OSN platforms. It also addresses concerns regarding ownership and privacy. Other issues include OSN interoperability and the high cost of maintaining end-user social interactions and data across OSN platforms.
Project research encompasses four interconnected topics: overlay infrastructure for decentralised OSN services; data storage and distribution; security, privacy and trust; and modelling and simulation.
The focus on decentralised services is an important one given that centralised approaches require heavy investment in infrastructure, which creates entry barriers for new service providers and limits end-user choices to just a few market competitors. ISOCIAL is addressing these and other concerns to effect a positive change in the future provision of online social services.
To date, fellows have worked to improve on OSN architectures, data dissemination algorithms, advanced overlay networks, and functionality of OSN services and applications. They have developed various privacy protection mechanisms including algorithms for risk assessment, access control and policy enforcement. Progress includes work on protection from spam and other malicious attacks.
Research has already resulted in 11 peer-reviewed research papers and more information on scientific achievements is available on the project website.
Project work and outcomes are paving the way towards improved networking and enhanced infrastructures providing support for open social networks and applications. The suite of tools to be delivered will support successful distributed OSN services. Overall, project advancements will help to preserve end-user privacy as well as information ownership and address issues of energy efficiency and data lock-in.
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