VENIS improves business collaboration

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VENIS (Virtual Enterprises by Networked Interoperability Services), a research project co-funded by the European Union has developed a solution that reduces the technological interoperability gap between micro, small, medium and large enterprises. In a global, demanding and fast changing market, collaboration among enterprises is increasing and is becoming a strength. VENIS supports enterprises in creating flexible and secure business collaboration.

In general, the continuous exchange of documents on the web or via email, may lead to risks and disadvantages, among these: doubts about the security level offered to the documents exchanged, difficulty in managing document permission and privacy, difficulty in finding information (because of non-existing or non efficient search functionalities), difficulty in keeping track of all the activities in the collaboration.

VENIS Consortium has developed a technological solution which meets the needs of micro, small, medium and large enterprises in the European e-business context. According to the requirements collected during the project, enterprises are looking for collaboration tools which guarantee a high level of security of the shared documents and which reduce the time spent on the creation and management of the cooperation and the exchange of documents and information.

VENIS allows enterprises, of any size, to create and manage flexible and efficient business collaborations with secure sharing of documents and information. Just by plugging VENIS into legacy systems knowledge workers can continue using the preferred tools for storing documents and exchanging them. Management of access rights and membership management are supported by VENIS. Activities are monitored thanks to the integration of a workflow management module and thanks to automatically initiated processes and alerts.

VENIS also offers an efficient semantic search engine based on the entity recognition paradigm. VENIS approach combines techniques of information retrieval, gazetteer based annotation and entity link graph analysis to identify and disambiguate candidate entities and provide more appropriate results for each search.

"Enterprises which would like to cooperate often use different tools to share documents and information", says Wolfgang Gräther the project manager from Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Information Technology FI. "Today there are several groupware systems available, but the systems lack technical interoperability and on the other hand, enterprises are often not allowed to load documents on external repositories which are not directly under their control". Fraunhofer FIT contributes its experience in the creation of groupware, for example, the BSCW system and its competence in developing flexible cooperation systems such as ECOSPACE.

The final results of VENIS project are going to be presented to potential interested companies during an international event which will take place in the prestigious technological park of Sophia Antipolis (France) on 2nd July 2015.

As prime contractor of the project, Engineering leads the consortium made up of seven partners from five different European countries (Italy, France, Germany, Greece, Slovakia).

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