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The Institute of Communications and Computer Systems (ICCS) is a non profit Academic Research Body established in 1989 by the Ministry of Education in order to carry research and development activities in the fields of all diverse aspects of ICT. The Distributed, Knowledge and Media Systems Group-DKMS (, is a Research Laboratory of ICCS and its research activities focus mainly on: Advanced Distributed Computing, dealing with topics such as Service Oriented Architectures, Cloud Computing and Internet of Things. Work includes Distributed Computing, SOA systems, Data Aggregation, Policy-driven systems, QoS and Trust issues in Service Provisioning Systems, SLA Lifecycle Management (provisioning, negotiation, enforcement, etc), Social Media.

ICCS's vision and objectives for SocIoS project. The first few months.......

The Social Technologies group focuses on creating and adapting social tools and paradigms to the workplace. We are developing middleware and tools that allow people to connect and collaborate more efficiently in their business environment. Our expertise lies in the development of social networking tools and frameworks. We also explore the human aspects of these technologies, including the user experience, Human-Computer-Interaction (HCI), Computer Supported Collaborative Work (CSCW), and the diffusion of technologies.

IBM's vision and objectives for SocIoS project. The first few months.......

Founded in 1987, ATC is an Information Technology Company (SME) offering solutions and services targeting specific sectors incl. the Media, Banking and Retail Sectors, Utilities and Public Sector Organisations as well as horizontal solutions focusing on Content Management, Web Applications, Human Capital Resource Management and eLearning, and Mobile Applications.

The activities of the Company span among several countries in EU, Eastern Europe and CIS countries, as well as the Balkans.

ATC provides the Media Sector with consulting and media – specific solutions as an active and leading supplier of newsroom, editorial and archive specific editorial solutions with a particular emphasis on News and Press Agencies and Publishing organisations.
ATC’s customers include major newspapers in Greece, Cyprus and Romania and the National News Agencies in Greece, Portugal, Poland, Russia as well as the Western Balkans. The initial engine of the Suite was developed in a Greek State R&D Project (in 1996), whereas new collaboration enabling versions with strong search capabilities are currently being researched in EU Projects.

The Company has also formed a strategic alliance with SABA/CENTRA Inc, enabling the company to offer best of breed solutions for synchronous and asynchronous e-learning and Human Capital Management needs. ATC is a key partner in consortia providing relevant solutions and services in the context of strategic projects for the Greek public sector. In recent years ATC has also been investing in mobile technologies.

ATC’s Mobile Solutions support mobile workforce collaboration, mobile social networking, mobile enablement of enterprise applications and custom mobile solutions. These solutions support all the major mobile platforms on the market (iPhone, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile, Java J2ME, Google Android).

Having acquired ISO 9001 certification since 2000, the company provides a broad spectrum of value-added products and services such as consulting, customer training, installation and maintenance, warranty and post-warranty services, SLA projects, project management, and professional support.

Central to the Company’s strategy is the conduction of vivid Research and Development, focusing both in improving current Products and Solutions, as well as in exploring new technologies for future growth.

All ATC own products and services are based on early prototypes and/or “proof of concept” obtained through R&D Projects, whether funded by the Company, the Greek State or the Commission.

ATC's vision and objectives for SocIoS project. The first few months.......


Google's mission is to organise the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful.

As a first step to fulfilling that mission, Google's founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin developed a new approach to online search that took root in a Stanford University dorm room and quickly spread to information seekers around the globe. Google is now widely recognised as the world's largest search engine -- an easy-to-use free service that usually returns relevant results in a fraction of a second.

When you visit or one of the dozens of other Google domains, you'll be able to find information in many different languages; check stock quotes, maps and news headlines; look up phonebook listings for every city in the United States; search billions of images and peruse the world's largest archive of Usenet messages -- more than 1 billion posts dating back to 1981.

We also provide ways to access all this information without making a special trip to the Google home page. The Google Toolbar enables you to conduct a Google search from anywhere on the web. And for those times when you're away from your PC altogether, Google can be used from a number of wireless platforms including WAP and i-mode phones.

Google's utility and ease of use have made it one of the world's best known brands almost entirely through word of mouth from satisfied users. As a business, Google generates revenue by providing advertisers with the opportunity to deliver measurable, cost-effective online advertising that is relevant to the information displayed on any given page. This makes the advertising useful to you as well as to the advertiser placing it. We believe you should know when someone has paid to put a message in front of you, so we always distinguish ads from the search results or other content on a page. We don't sell placement in the search results themselves or allow people to pay for a higher ranking there.

Thousands of advertisers use our Google AdWords program to promote their products and services on the web with targeted advertising, and we believe AdWords is the largest program of its kind. In addition, thousands of web site managers take advantage of our Google AdSense program to deliver ads relevant to the content on their sites, improving their ability to generate revenue and enhancing the experience for their users.

What's a Google?

"Googol" is the mathematical term for a 1 followed by 100 zeros. The term was coined by Milton Sirotta, nephew of American mathematician Edward Kasner, and was popularised in the book, "Mathematics and the Imagination", by Kasner and James Newman. Google's play on the term reflects the company's mission to organise the immense amount of information available on the web.

Google's vision and objectives for SocIoS project. The first few months.......

Cognium Systems SA is a French SME founded in 2005 as a spin-off from Institut Pasteur, France. Its focus is development and commercialization of innovative software based on Semantic Web technologies. Its first product, a Semantic Electronic Laboratory Notebook for biomedical researchers, was launched in March 2008 and is in use at hundreds of research laboratories across the world. The main focus of Cognium's current R&D is a social messaging system called BounceIt. On the one hand, BounceIt uses SNs to filter and manage information, and on the other hand, it uses information exchange to automatically construct and enrich SNs. BounceIt was launched in June 2009 and is based on technologies developed by the EU FP6 project Nepomuk (The Social Semantic Desktop) where Cognium was both a development partner and the leader of a case study. Cognium Systems has also consulted other companies in social media marketing strategies.

Cognium's vision and objectives for SocIoS project. The first few months.......

The Graduate School of Management at the University of Haifa is home to a wide variety of MBA programs, to the Department of Information & Knowledge Management, to the Department of Natural Resources Management, to the Sagy Center for Internet Research and to the Center for the Study of Organizations & Human Resource Management. The School's staff is highly committed to excellence in research and in teaching.

Daphne R. Raban, PhD home page


UH's vision and objectives for SocIoS project. The first few months.......


Deutsche Welle (DW) is Germany's international public service broadcaster. It provides a European perspective to audiences around the world and promotes intercultural dialogue. Services and offers are provided for a multitude of platforms, ranging from classical distribution methods (e.g. for radio, television) to a variety of IP-based receiving devices (such as mobile, IPTV platforms etc).


Stefi Productions SA was established by Vittorio Pietra & Vassilis Ktsoufis in 1971. During all these years, Stefi became a leading production company of active presence in the Greek and international market and expanded in all aspects of audiovisual production such as TV Commercials, TV Programs (now operating as Magnolia Hellas SA), Music VIdeos, Motion Pictures and Documentaries. FOllowing the rapidly evolving environment Stefi entered the new media and entertainment markets creating the Stefi group of companies with presence in the Event and Entertainment marketing (Showhat SA) the Digital Signage Marketing (Tveez SA) and Web Developing (Steficon SA).

Our business units offer a complete and flexible structure with the necessary know-how to respond to the growing market globalization needs and demands.

We guarantee highest qualisty production and result with a concentrated approach on clients specific needs. THese factors contribute to Stefi's strong reputation as a progressive, flexible and enterprising production company.

Stefi's vision and objectives for SocIoS project. The first few months.......

The Interdisciplinary Centre for Law & ICT (ICRI) is a research centre at the Faculty of Law of K.U.Leuven dedicated to advance and promote legal knowledge about the information society through research and teaching of the highest quality. ICRI is committed to contribute to a better and more efficient regulatory and policy framework for information & communication technologies (ICTs). Its research is focused on the design of innovative legal engineering techniques and is characterised by its intra- and interdisciplinary approach, constantly aspiring cross-fertilisation between legal, technical, economic and socio-cultural perspectives. By conducting groundbreaking legal research in a spirit of academic freedom and freedom of inquiry, ICRI aspires to a place among the centres of excellence in the area of law & ICT in Europe and beyond.

Kuleuven's vision and objectives for SocIoS project. The first few months.......