Session 3 - Better search for trustworthy content and objects discovery

Sep 12 2018

Lead by Jim Clarke and Paul Malone from

The session time is for 90 minutes and we have 4 speakers/moderators followed small tables moderated by our 4 panellists on their topics. 
This is then followed by a Bringing it all together session using NGI white boards to identify the resulting R&I needs under the following headings:

  • Trends
  • Challenges
  • Priorities

The 4 panellists are:

Alexandru Stan, In-Two, Germany

We have made contact with Alexandru Stan through the NEM Technology Platform, which offers a platform to European SMEs working on media-related technologies.
TOPIC: Alexandru will provide the viewpoint of an SME working on developing content-rich applications with trustworthiness and quality of content, as well as provide powerful search capabilities and content exploration interfaces. Some of their applications relate to events, tourism and cultural heritage.

Ales Cernivec, XLAB, Slovenia

Ales is a member of our European Champion Panel (ECP) and he has been leading implementation of Slovenian interoperability portal ( and contributed to Slovenian open data portal (
TOPIC: Ales will be presenting on search and discovery tools from the perspective of the Slovenian interoperability and open data portal, in particular covering security, ID management, authentication and authorisation frameworks, data sharing and safeguarding privacy.

Alessandro Bassi, ABC, France

Alessandro is a member of our ECP and he will present from the perspective of how IoT technologies can be utilised in search and discovery functionality in a secure and privacy preserving way.
TOPIC: Alessandro will present Semantic Data Organisation, putting data in a mixed environment (cloud + local storage) linked by their semantic “meaning”. How can this be done and considering GDPR aspects? What technological solution may apply and be considered fair by everyone?

Jamal Shahin, VUB and GIPO

Jamal is a member of our ECP, and also was involved in animating The Global Internet Policy Observatory (GIPO), which has now been passed onto the project, which is geared towards bringing together both the NGI Policy and Technology communities.
TOPIC: Jamal will be covering the topic “Tackling online disinformation: a European Approach”. He will present a brief overview of challenges following recent ‘disinformation’ crises. Three challenges are: skills (for the public), public sphere (media/journalism), platforms and ‘algorithms’.

Ideally, we would like to generate outputs than allow us to frame the table’s in the following model:
Identify the specific Human Value -> and the Challenges they bring -> Identify any Potential Solutions for these challenges-> and/or Known Initiatives -> Identify the Gaps and -> identify the Research and Innovation needed to fill those gaps.

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1 comment on "Session 3 - Better search for trustworthy content and objects discovery"

  • Paul Malone's picture

    Content discovery commercial solutions. Can SME do it alone? That's the question that Alexandru Stan from IN2 asked himself and the audience today. IN2 is an SME working on developing content-rich applications with trustworthiness and quality of content, and collaboration with research institutes, for them is very stimulating.
    SMEs: do not play alone!
    "Researchers need the collaboration with SMEs in order to make their innovation an industrial success". Industry can push the innovation process behind research organizations. See for an example of collaboration in the radio & media field.

    Knowledge management services. Ales Cernivec presented XLAB, a Slovenian reality that is building a national interoperability portal which allows PA to publish their solutions and make them discoverable to citizens. Legislation and openness of public sectors data allows citizens to look in to PAs operations and better trust them. Citizens have the means to develop new solutions.
    Openness - management - trust - security - revision - responsibility are the keywords for this!

    Semantic Data Organization "We have many options how to store our data (cloud, devise, edge, NAS) There is a large amount of data that once created can be distributed. But is it better to rely on external devices or buy a cloud space somewhere? Imagine you have an heart attack and you need people to access your medical history: where would you like them to go?" Alessandro Bassi lead this discussion about semantic data organization. Computer and human memory are working in a totally different way. We don' know where things are archived in our brain.
    What if we could access medical data in real time, according to a context? This is technologically possible, but which kind of privacy should apply? Can we have a software licence type scheme also for data?

    Online Disinformation: Did you know that Titanic did no sink, it burnt? What critical skills do we need to have to overcome disinformation? What tools can overcome disinformation? Jamal Shahin involved the audience in an interesting poll about how to face online disinformation.

    The session outputs are defined under the following headings:


    • creation of needs by marketing giants
    • authority of the platforms
    • SMEs important for NGI
    • Personal data vaults


    • Trustwrothiness for entire value chain
    • Device data versus personal data understanding
    • Advertising vs content trustworthiness
    • Information overload
    • Contextual awareness


    • Education and critical thinking
    • Interaction between technology and human intervention
    • Sociologists addressing consequences of technology
    • Semantic Search
    • Blockchain for traceability


    answered 12 Sep 2018 17:53