The NeOn project

The NeOn - Lifecycle support for networked ontologies project was a 14.7 million Euros project, involving 14 European partners, and was part of the European Commission, Sixth Framework Programme, Priority 2, "Information Society Technologies".

The aim of NeOn was to advance the state of the art in using ontologies for large-scale semantic applications in distributed organizations; and to create the first ever service-oriented, open infrastructure, and associated methodology, to support the development life-cycle of this new generation of semantic applications with economically viable solutions.

FAO case study overview

FAO's role in the project was to implement a case study: the Fish Stock Depletion Assessment System applying NeOn technologies and methodologies, with the goal of improving the management of the complexity of fishery knowledge communities.

The effective management of shared fish stocks is one of the great challenges facing the way towards achieving long-term sustainable fisheries. Fisheries department has several information and knowledge organization systems to facilitate and secure the long-term sustainable development and utilization of the world's fisheries and aquaculture. Although much of the data are 'structured', they are not necessarily interoperable. Additionally, there are information resources that are not available through databases but are available as parts of websites as individual documents, images, etc. These data sources could be better exploited by bringing together related and relevant information, along with the use of the fishery ontology, to provide inference-based services, language independent extraction and discovery for policy makers and national governments to make informed decisions.


The Network of Fisheries Ontologies (OWL/RDF) was created as a part of the NeOn Project.

Project partners

Organisation Country
The Open University United Kingdom
Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT) Germany
Universidad Politecnica de Madrid Spain
Software AG Germany
Intelligent Software Components Spain
Jozef Stefan Institute Slovenia
University of Sheffield United Kingdom
Universitaet Koblenz-Landau Germany
Italian National Research Council (ISTC-CNR) Italy
ontoprise GmbH Germany
Laboratorios KIN Spain
Food & Agriculture Organization of the United Nations   Italy
Atos Origin Spain

Project duration

03.2006 - 03.2010

Project website

Project manager and contact person

Prof. Enrico Motta


European Commission

Project budget

14.7 million