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TAO - Transitioning Applications to Ontologies. TAO is about how existing 'legacy' applications can migrate to open, semantics-based Service-Oriented Architectures (SOA). Semantic Web Services (SWS), and SOA that host them, will make a significant contribution to the competitiveness of European ICT in the coming period. This will happen in two ways. First, Enterprise Applications Integration (EAI) will become less costly and more reliable because of explicit modeling of the meaning of data and processes in the systems owned by different business units. Second, B2B and B2C eCommerce systems will become:
TAO is funded as a Specific Targeted Research Project under European Commission 6th FP with a budget around 3M euros. It started March 2006 and runs for 3 years. TAO is coordinated by University of Sheffield, UK.
Contact: Damyan Ognyanoff.
The project's main goal is to define a low-cost route to transitioning legacy systems to the open semantic SOAs, which will enable semantic interoperability between heterogeneous data resources and distributed applications. This low-cost migration path will be accessible to both SMEs (which are cost sensitive) and large enterprises (with huge investments in complex and critical IS).
The three RTD objectives of TAO are: