Meet The Internet Innovators That Will Co-Develop A New Software Ecosystem For Trusted, Traceable & Transparent Ontological Knowledge

Mihai-Alexandru Cristea 26/04/2021 | 14:20

The 18 teams of internet innovators that will start the research towards a new software ecosystem, enabled by the EU-funded project ONTOCHAIN, are chosen. They will now have the mission of producing functional and technical specifications for the ONTOCHAIN framework, as a human-centric decentralised & trustworthy solution.


A group of 50 experts collaborated as external evaluators with the ONTOCHAIN consortium for selecting the more promising ideas for this initial research. A challenging task considering that the consortium received a total of 137 proposals.

“The ONTOCHAIN Open Call 1 was not only a great success in terms of the number of proposals received, spanning from all over Europe (21 countries), but also and above all in terms of their high quality, all envious to contribute to the Next Generation of Internet, to a more human-centered Internet. 66 proposals were marked above the threshold, from which only 18 could be retained. A careful selection of federate blockchain and semantic innovating idea to ensure that all layers of the ONTOCHAIN Ecosystem blueprint architecture will be considered!” – Caroline Barelle, ONTOCHAIN Coordinator.


ONTOCHAIN Open Call 1 was open for a period of two months, looking for proposals to design the ONTOCHAIN architecture around six main topics. The projects selected to this first cohort are:

Topic 1 – Applications

  • LCDP-ONT-APP (Italy and The Netherlands) – A Low Code Development Platform (LCDP) for ONTOCHAIN applications
  • CopyrightLY (Spain) – Decentralised Copyright Management for Social Media

Topic 2 – Semantic interoperability

  • ISLAND (Cyprus and Greece) – Interlinked SemanticaLly-enriched BlockchAiN Data
  • OntoROPA (Spain) – Ontology based ecosystem for Records of Processing Activities
  • TENACIOUS (Italy) – Trustworthy sEmaNtic Aware marketplaCe for Interoperable clOUd Services

Topic 3 – On-chain data management

  • GraphChain (Poland) – a framework for on-chain data management for ONTOCHAIN
  •  SEIP (Italy) – Service for Encrypted Information Provider
  •  UniProDaPI (France) – Universal Proven Data and Process Interchange

Topic 4 – Off-chain knowledge management

  • DART (Italy) – A Distributed-OrAcles Framework for PRivacy-Preserving Data Traceability
  • KX – KnowledgeX (Germany) – Trusted data-driven knowledge extraction

Topic 5 – Ecosystem economy

  • DW-marking (Spain and Greece) – Data Watermarking: The missing link to on-/off-chain implementation of distributed data marketplaces

Topic 6 – Ecosystem scalability and integration

  •   KUMO (Spain) – A Network Crawler for Ethereum2.0
  •   HIBI (Germany) – Human Identity Blockchain Initiative: Trustworthy, Formalized,

Privacy Preserving

  •   Solid-Verif (Belgium) – Verifiable Credentials and Solid

Four other selected projects are potentially joining the programme very soon after finalizing the respective administrative procedures.


ONTOCHAIN will support the selected teams through a 7-months programme, granting the participants up to €123k (equity-free funding), free coaching and free access to top infrastructure.

“We stand ready to interact with the participants, to provide a collaboration infrastructure, management process, and most importantly share our ONTOCHAIN ideas, analytics and designs. Hence, we support all technical aspects of our joint software ecosystem. Most importantly, this includes integration! Our goal is to quickly converge together and agree all essential technology choices, functionalities, protocols and interfaces.” – Vlado Stankovski, ONTOCHAIN Technical Coordinator.

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