PlanetData 2nd Call is open

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Call 2

Call 2 is now officially closed!

Project acronym: PlanetData
Project grant agreement number: 257641
Project full name: PlanetData

The project PlanetData, currently active in the Seventh Framework programme of the European Commission for research, technological development and demonstration activities contributing to the creation of the European research area and to innovation (2007-2013), requires the participation of new partners to carry out specific tasks within the project. We have vacancies in our consortium for partners established in an EU Member State or in any FP7 Associated State, eligible for EU FP7 funding, and having comprehensive research and technological expertise in any of the areas covered by PlanetData and specifically addressed among the suggested topics of this call.

The remainder of this announcement document provides an overview of the tasks and topics solicited through the call. This document is subject to changes. Its final version is expected to be published in August 2012, while intermediary versions might be made available on the project Web site at

What is PlanetData

The aim of the Network of Excellence PlanetData is to establish an interdisciplinary community of researchers helping organizations to get their data exposed online in a useful form. This is achieved through an integrated program comprising research, data and technology provisioning, as well as training and dissemination, pushing forward the state-of-the-art in large-scale data management and its application to the creation of useful, open data sets; supporting data owners in mobilizing their data following Linked Data principles; and enabling consumers to leverage such data sources in a variety of scenarios and domains.

The network brings together thirteen core partners spread over ten European countries, with a renowned profile in the database, data and Web mining, and semantic technologies communities, and an ecosystem of collaborators worldwide. To strengthen the interaction with data owners, technology and application providers, and researchers working on large scale data management topics, PlanetData has set-up an open partnership scheme. This includes a thematic PlanetData Program, through which new partners can join the consortium to undertake tasks that expand and further develop the scope of the project. For the present call of the PlanetData Program, PD-2-2012, the area we are focusing on is the publication of new species of data according to Linked Data principles and on methods to improve the usefulness of existing data sets (possible as an integral part of the publishing life cycle). We introduce this area in more detail in the following.

Topics of the competitive call

We solicit proposals for research projects that deal with any of the dimensions explored by PlanetData, with a special focus for this call on the combination of aspects related to data dynamicity, quality and provenance, including access control, privacy and trust. Proposals should propose methods and techniques, as well as develop services and applications that consider any of these dimensions or combinations of them. Proposals may use existing data sets available as Linked Data, or open up datasets that fill a gap in existing publishing initiatives (in the context of the Linked Open Data Cloud or beyond) with respect to the types of data they cover (e.g., sensor networks, social media streams), or in terms of the quality of self-descriptive metadata available. We identified three main topics of interest, which the proposers could consider in their submissions; this list is, however, by no means exhaustive and aims at providing a starting point for the type of research and development work we are seeking through this call.

Data dynamicity

  • Generation and exploitation of data streams across different data modalities (e.g., text, numerical values, sensor data, multimedia).
  • Characterization of dynamic data sources.
  • Integration of heterogeneous dynamic data sources across different modalities, with a special attention to dealing with large and very large data volumes.
  • Data versioning and curation approaches for dynamic data sources.
  • Novel applications and services combining static and dynamic data sets, exposed according to Linked Data principles or similar.

Data quality and curation

  • Assessment and improvement of the quality of large data sets.
  • Applications proposing new, or evaluating existing, quality assessment metrics for large data sets.
  • Applications proposing combinations of automatic and crowdsourced techniques to improve the quality of data sets (for instance, by adding labels, correcting facts etc)
  • Empirical studies on the quality of Linked Data and on the trade-offs associated with the additional effort required to curate data vs its expected increased usability.

Data provenance, access control, privacy and trust

  • Evaluation and exploitation of provenance information for large datasets.
  • Evaluation and exploitation of access control information for large datasets.
  • Evaluation and exploitation of privacy information for large datasets.
  • Evaluation and exploitation of trust information for large datasets.
  • Integration of provenance propagation in SPARQL query and update languages.

Proposals may also aim at providing integrated repositories/portals for specific fields (e.g., geospatial information, public administration, etc.) addressing the topics discussed above.

Evaluation criteria

Submissions will be evaluated according to the following criteria: (i) Scientific and/or technological excellence (relevant to the topics addressed by the call); (ii) quality and efficiency of the implementation plan; and (iii) potential impact. As mentioned earlier we welcome a wide variety of proposals, including research targeting novel algorithms, methods and techniques, as well as technology and application development. Research-oriented proposals will be primarily assessed according to the scientific excellence of the approach implemented and tested within the 6-12 months of the proposal. Technology and application development proposals should foremost show engineering excellence and promising impact in the business/societal area of interest. The guide for applicants will include a proposal template including concrete details about the expected maximum length of the individual sections of the proposal document. Proposals not complying with these requirements may be rejected by default.

Facts and figures

Call open: The call will be open for submissions from 15th August 2012.
Call identifier: PD-2-2012.
Deadline for submission of proposals: 19th September 2012; 17h00 Brussels time.
Expected duration of participation in project: 6 to 12 months, starting earliest in October 2013.
Proposal format: proposals can include one or more organizations eligible for EU funding, and should have an indicative funding between €15,000 and €50.000.
Language in which proposal should be submitted: English.
Email address for proposal submission:
Full call text Call announcement (.pdf)
Guide for applicants Guide for applicants (.doc) The length of the proposal must not exceed 20 A4 pages, excluding the Title Page and the Table of Contents. The minimum font size allowed is 11 points; the allowed line spacing is 1.0. All margins (top, bottom, left, right) should be at least 20 mm (not including any footers or headers).
Email address for further information: