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Proceedings of the Open International M3 Semantic Interoperability Workshop

Juha-Pekka Soininen, Sergey Balandin, Johan Lilius, Petri Liuha, Tullio Salmon Cinotti (Eds.), Proceedings of the Open International M3 Semantic Interoperability Workshop, TUCS Lecture Notes, TUCS, 2013.


Semantic interoperability means that separate devices and systems publish their information for others using semantic format. It means that the actual data is linked and presented together with some specific element of the ontology model describing semantics of the data. When separate systems understand and have common ontology models, i.e. speak same language, they can understand correctly the meaning of the shared data. And this is naturally the basic requirement for interoperability, i.e. the creation of joint functionality. Semantic interoperability is nowadays widely acknowledged approach for creating complex and heterogeneous systems.

M3 concept was originally developed at Nokia Research Center. The concept extends the semantic RDF-graph (Resource Description Framework) storages with possibility to subscribe to changing data and with interfaces to various SOA (service Oriented Architecture) solutions. Especially the capability to create notifications based on subscriptions allows creating systems that are based mostly on shared information. The M3 concept and Smart-M3 open source solution were further developed in Artemis Sofia and Finnish national DIEM projects staring in 2009, but after these projects ended, the development has been more scattered and coordination has been missing.

The purpose of the first open international M3 semantic interoperability workshop was to give a possibility for students, researchers and organisations interested in semantic interoperability solutions based on Smart-M3 or M3 concept to meet, to present their results, and to discuss on how we should continue the development of the concept. The workshop focused on sharing the status of M3 related activities, on creation of a common understanding what has been done so far, and on discussing about M3 community.

The first Open International M3 Semantic Interoperability Workshops was organised as a joint effort of Open Local Data Applications activity at EIT Smart Spaces Thematic Action Line and Open Innovations Associations FRUCT. The workshop Call for Participation was advertised trough known contacts by the programming committee and through EIT Smart Spaces Action Line and FRUCT mailing lists. The workshop contained 23 presentations from 13 organisations covering the areas of developments related to M3 concept itself, to M3 based infrastructures, to use cases based on M3, and to the ideas related to M3 community. All the presentations are included in this proceeding.

The participation well exceeded our expectations. We had more than 50 participants in the event. Also the M3 community that was thought to be scattered and small turned out to be much more coherent and active as can be seen from presentations. In many ways this workshop can be seen as a new launch of open M3 community and in the discussion section it was also decided that continuation of collaboration is needed.


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  title = {Proceedings of the Open International M3 Semantic Interoperability Workshop},
  number = {21},
  series = {TUCS Lecture Notes},
  editor = {Soininen, Juha-Pekka and Balandin, Sergey and Lilius, Johan and Liuha, Petri and Cinotti, Tullio Salmon},
  publisher = {TUCS},
  year = {2013},
  ISBN = {978-952-12-2990-9},

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