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SMILA - The Search Framework

Sebastian Voigt, Igor Novakovic (Empolis Information Management GmbH )

Runtime · Short
Thursday, 11:30, 25 minutes | Seminarräume 1-3


The amount and diversity of information is growing exponentially, mainly in the area of unstructured data, like office documents, emails, images, audio & video files, blogs etc. Poor data accessibility, user rights integration and the lack of semantic metadata are constraining factors for building next generation enterprise search and other document centric applications.

SMILA (SeMantic Information Logistics Architecture) is an extensible framework for building information management solutions to access unstructured information in the enterprise. Besides providing essential infrastructure components and services, SMILA also delivers ready-to-use add-on components, like connectors to most relevant data sources and some data processing services. Using the framework as basis will enable developers to concentrate on the creation of higher value solutions, like search or semantic driven applications etc.

Apart from giving a short introduction to the project and an overview about noteworthy things like new features and the first official release of SMILA 0.7, we will also demonstrate SMILA in action in this talk.

Sebastian Voigt is software development manager at Brox IT-Solutions GmbH. After his dissertation about peer-to-peer information exchange and access rights he started to work in the area of enterprise search technologies.

Sebastian has been instrumental in setting up the SMILA initiative at eclipse. He is currently co-project-lead of the SMILA project as well as development manager of the brox product development efforts around eccenca.

Igor Novakovic is Deputy Director Development at Empolis GmbH. After joining Empolis in 2000, he was at first responsible for the development of some server-side components written in C + + and Java. Later on, beside designing and developing J2EE applications, he successfully introduced company-wide the application lifecycle management based on open source tools. From 2006 he led the development of the solution empolis Service Lifecycle Suite. Since late 2007 he is the co-lead of the SeMantic Information Logistics Architecture (SMILA) project. As of mid 2009 he is also responsible for integrating SMILA in the next generation of the product Information Access System.