SYNAT is a national research project aimed at the creation of a universal open repository platform for hosting and communication of networked resources of knowledge for science, education, and open society of knowledge. Poznań Supercomputing and Networking Center (PSNC) is one of the key SYNAT partners. One of the PSNC responsibilities in the project is the creation of a prototype of the Integrated Knowledge System (IKS). The knowledge integration infrastructure serves as middleware providing access to data from distributed information services, such as digital libraries, museums or scientific and technical information systems. To achieve this goal, a common representation of data is necessary, to which the existing heterogeneous representations and schemas can be converted. As the system is dedicated mostly to researchers in the field of humanities, and the first aggregated resources will be the Digital Libraries Federation data, the CIDOC Conceptual Reference Model (implemented in OWL as Erlangen CRM / OWL) has been chosen as the main description ontology.

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About Juliusz Pukacki

Juliusz Pukacki is a leader of Data Management and Integration team of PSNC. He received M.Sc. degree in computer science from Poznan University of Technology (Parallel and Distributed Computing). Since 1998 he is working at Poznan Supercomputing And Networking Center. At first he was working on solutions for resource management in the Grid environment. He was involved in a number of Grid related projects. One of the most important ones were GridLab - a leader of resource management workpackage, ACGT (Advancing Clinico Genomic Trials on Cancer) – responsible for leading of architecture development, and providing grid infrastructure for the project. Some other projects are: Inteligrid, HPC-Europa, QosCosGrid. Currently he is leading PSNC’s activity in the project from VPH area called p-medicine (providing storage infrastructure). In 2010 he started activities in the area of semantic data integration within national project called Synat. He is leading the workpackage responsible for building an integrated knowledge management system for cultural heritage data.