World-class competitiveness of European Enterprises, including SMEs, strongly depends, in the future, on their ability to concretize massively and rapidly networked dynamic organizations. New Technologies for Interoperability within and between enterprises have to emerge to radically solve the recurrent difficulties - largely due to the lack of conceptual approaches - encountered to structure and interlink enterprises' systems (information, production, decision). Today, research on Interoperability of Enterprise Applications does not exist as such at the European level.


As a result of the IST Thematic Network IDEAS, the roadmaps for interoperability research emphasizes the need for integrating three key thematic components:- Ontology to identify interoperability semantics in the enterprise- Enterprise Modeling to define interoperability requirements- Architectures and Enabling Technologies to provide implementation frameworks INTEROP aims to extract value from the sustainable integration of these thematic components and to develop industrially significant new knowledge. Network's role will be to create the conditions of a technological breakthrough to avoid that enterprise investment be simply pulled by incremental evolution of IT offer.


To ensure efficient industrial impact, INTEROP proposes, as a validation and dissemination strategy, to have strong interactions with IPs in the same domain of interest, like ATHENA in which the major enterprise-oriented IT providers are involved, in particular regarding future standardization.


The Joint Programme of Activities aims to:- integrate the knowledge in Ontology, Enterprise Modeling and Architectures to give sustainable sense to interoperability- structure the European research community and influence organizations’ programmes to achieve critical research mass- animate the community and spread industrially significant research knowledge outside the network.