• Alcatel Bell Lucent: PhD Thesis of Nicolas Marie on Pervasive sociality through social objects (2011-2013)
  • SAP Research: PhD Thesis of Corentin Follenfant on Semantic Web and Business Intelligence (2011-2013)
  • University G. Berger, Saint-Louis, Senegal: Semantic and Social Web Platform for Communities Knowledge Sharing, (accepted AUF project 2011-2013)

Unifying thread: “in touch with the web”

There is one unifying thread to all the research challenges proposed for Wimmics: the study of relations on the web. Relations between people, resources or services on the web provide a very rich source of knowledge from both the graph structure they weave and the trends of their evolutions. Relations on the web are at the heart of many powerful algorithms (e.g. PageRank), models (e.g. RDF graphs) and protocols (e.g. Open Graph Protocol). For this reason we believe that modeling, capturing and analyzing relations is a fertile research area.

Family of scenarios: assisting web-supported epistemic communities

Behind these questions is a constantly used and reused data structure: typed graphs. In this web context, typed graphs capture: social networks with the kinds of relationships and the descriptions of the persons; compositions of web services with types of inputs and outputs; links between documents with their genre and topics; hierarchies of classes, thesauri, ontologies and folksonomies; recorded traces and suggested navigation courses; submitted queries and detected frequent patterns; timelines and workflows; etc.

Context application and perspectives: one ubiquitous web

A number of evolutions have changed the face of information systems in the past decade but the advent of the web is unquestionably a major one and it is here to stay. From an initial wide-spread perception of a public documentary system, the web as an object turned into a social virtual space and, as a technology, grew as an application design paradigm (services, data formats, query languages, scripting, interfaces, reasoning, etc.). The universal deployment and support of its standards led the web to take over nearly all of our information systems.

Formalizing Models and Implementing Social Semantic Web Applications: calculating on heterogeneous joined typed graphs of the web.

The models identified in the previous section need to be formalized in order to automate their analysis and processing when supporting web applications.

Analyzing and Modeling Communities Interactions through Social Semantic Web Applications: interacting with dynamic semantic systems of the web.

The web is a worldwide system never sleeping. In all its dimensions the complexity of the web is growing. The dynamics of the system and its ever-changing contexts make it very difficult to interact with it. The flexibility and extensibility of semantics-based systems is more and more used to tackle the diversity of web resources and applications through metadata describing web resources. But the growing use of semantic representations also augments the complexity of the web and makes it more difficult to interact with.


  • Raphaël BOYER (SMILK)
  • Papa Fary DIALLO, (INRIA-UGB)
  • Fuqi SONG, Inria (ADT KGRAM)

Team Members

Head (and Inria contact):
Vice Head (and I3S contact):
Christine FOGGIA (Inria) and Frédéric Fontaine (I3S)

As we may "link"

Vannevar Bush wrote an article called “As we may think” originally published in the July 1945 issue of The Atlantic Monthly, just before the atomic bombs. In this article Vannevar Bush already identified that “there is a growing mountain of research. (…) The difficulty seems to be, not so much that we publish unduly in view of the extent and variety of present-day interests, but rather that publication has been extended far beyond our present ability to make real use of the record.