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Fujitsu advances dynamic data integration project for Andalucia in collaboration with University of Seville

Fujitsu Laboratories of Europe Ltd.

News facts: 
 
  • Joint research partnership between Fujitsu Laboratories of Europe Ltd. and the University of Seville applied to Andalucian heritage data project.
  • New integrated solution provides access to up-to-date monument data and aids monument identification.
  • Applying open data consolidation and integration techniques to preserve patrimonial heritage.
London and Madrid, June 09, 2015 Fujitsu Laboratories of Europe Ltd. today announces the first results of its research partnership with the University of Seville, aimed at harnessing both organizations’ advanced open data consolidation and integration expertise to produce new state-of-the-art solutions. The joint research activity involves a significant heritage data integration project, tested by technicians from the Government of Andalucia, which is being demonstrated for the first time at the Fujitsu Innovation Gathering 2015 1.

The DIPHDA solution (Dynamic Integration for Patrimonial Heritage Data in Andalucía) has been developed to address the difficulties in maintaining historic monument data comprehensively, accurately and cost-effectively. There are a multiplicity of systems used across the EU for heritage data, and a wealth of big data and open data sources with constantly updated information. The Fujitsu Laboratories of Europe and Seville University’s ETSII (School of Computer Engineering) teams have focused on creating a solution that is capable of integrating management systems used by government organizations, such as MOSAICO, diffiusion systems such as Europeana, as well as open data from Wikipedia and Yelp, as examples. The objective is to achieve significantly improved accuracy and data management efficiency, based on reconciliation logic applied to open data information, as opposed to simple string matching reconciliation.

For the University of Seville, the research partnership with Fujitsu Laboratories of Europe is a natural progression from the formal collaboration established in March 2014 with Fujitsu in Spain. Ramón González Carvajal, Vice Rector of Technology Transfer at the University of Seville expands: “The partnership has been extremely productive, enabling us to harness our mutual strengths and accelerate the development process as a result. We are extremely pleased at the results achieved to date for the Government of Andalucia’s heritage data project and have strong hopes of extending the application into broader areas in the future.” María José Escalona, Associate Professor of ETSII at the University of Seville continues: “Our teams have been working closely together, identifying a complementary skill set that has been applied with excellent results for the DIPHDA project. We look forward to extending the scope of our joint work and to achieving some major advances in the field of open data integration together.”

Executive Vice President of Fujitsu Laboratories of Europe, Dr Adel Rouz, explains: “DIPHDA is an intelligent customized data reconciliation platform, which provides on-the-fly data consolidation and one-stop data retrieval from multiple data sources. At its core is a unique set of performance and reconciliation algorithms, developed by Fujitsu Laboratories of Europe, combined with the University of Seville ETSII department’s graph-based pattern searching technology. Users are presented with a single view of all the data relating to each monument, with easy to use intuitive navigation. Ultimately, the objective is to use the platform additionally as the basis for academic research and as a monument identification platform for tourism applications.”

Emlio Martinez Force, from the Center for Information and Services, Department of Education, Culture and Sport in the Government of Andalucia, explains the challenges involved in managing and disseminating information about its cultural heritage efficiently: “Our monuments are a mixture of Government-owned and private properties, involving a double layer of data that has to be collated. It can cover ownership information, geographical location, and accessibility for world-recognized monuments such as Alhambra and Generalife, down to small relatively little-known properties. The DIPHDA project developed by Fujitsu Laboratories of Europe and the University of Seville is an important illustration of how technology and innovation can be applied successfully to address these challenges. It offers a fast, efficient and economical method of managing and consolidating accurate data from different sources related to our cultural heritage. This integrated solution also holds further advantages, for example enhancing tourists’ visiting experiences and contributing to both the Andalucian and national economies.”

Notes to editors

1 Full details about the Fujitsu Innovation Gathering 2015 event can be accessed at Fujitsu’s showcases latest Human Centric Innovation at Fujitsu Innovation Gathering 2015 in Madrid

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About Fujitsu Laboratories of Europe

Established in 2001 and with an active presence in Europe since 1990, Fujitsu Laboratories of Europe Limited represents Fujitsu Laboratories across EMEIA, focusing on regional initiatives that reflect the diverse mix of countries and ideologies.  Fujitsu Laboratories of Europe is focused on the creation of cutting-edge solutions that benefit society, working with customers, collaboration partners and society as a whole to drive the evolution of information communication technologies.  It works on the principle of open innovation, with particular emphasis on Future Networking, Big Data Analytics, the Internet of Things, Social Innovations, and Supercomputer Applications.  For more information, please see http://www.fujitsu.com/uk/fle/.

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Date: 09 June, 2015
City: London and Madrid