Semantic technology at your service

sstoM builds on top of the research results of a previous Research for SME project called SEMLIB that produced two software components: a semantic annotation system and a semantic recommendation engine. These solutions improve

searching and web browsing of digital archives. In practice, SEMLIB the research results will be integrated into two software-as-a-service platforms: EventPlace and PunditBrain. The two cloud services have radically different target users and business models, however they will both use the SEMLIB results as their core building blocks.

Click on the links to download the final official press releases for Pundit and EventPlace.
Click here to download the first official press release of the project.
For information on the project please contact karolina .dot. kosminska .at. techin .dot. pl and c .dot. fregonese .at. innova-eu .dot. net

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 606010.


How it works?

Pundit (formerly known in StoM as PunditBrain) is web-based service, that can allow users to apply semantic annotations on web documents. In StoM a significant amount of work has been dedicated on improving the usability of the annotation tool. The effort to perform an annotation is now similar to highlighting text in desktop documents.

For who?

Pundit is aimed at scholars, journalist and students but will also perfectly fit into corporate environments where document collection and consumption lies at the heart of their work.
Some example on how to use semantic annotations in your work? See our use case videos!

PunditBrain use case #1: how a journalist can use a semantic annotation service

PunditBrain use case #2: the case of Digital Humanities. How and why scholars can use semantic annotations

Want to better understand the purpose of annotations? Give a look at this video


Key benefits

With Pundit, users can:

  • annotate web pages, either public (eg web sites, portals) or private (web based digital libraries and document management services directly managed by the users or by their organizations).
  • choose amongst a predefined set of vocabularies, defined for generic annotations scenarios or for a specific domains (in particular for Digital Humanities)
  • define their own specific vocabularies, to use in annotation, or extend those already provided in a very simple and intuitive way
  • use entity extraction services, like DataTXT, that automatically recognize named entities in text and attach semantics to them, by assigning a class (based on DBPedia vocabularies) and by creating links to Wikipedia entries. The resulting annotations can be accepted or cancelled by users
  • collect in a central “dashboard” all the annotations performed on the web or in their intranets/extranets
  • group annotations in specific collections, each one available in their dashboard
  • export a collection of annotations in various formats (including generic document file formats like Microsoft Word or Excel)
  • perform semantic searches on their annotations from the dashboard
  • perform “blended” searches on documents and their annotations, mixing textual keywords to semantic conditions
  • visualize annotations using advanced, interactive widgets
  • share their annotations’ collections with friends and colleagues
  • collaborate with friends and colleagues in enriching shared annotations’ collections.


How Pundit is different?

Pundit’s positioning amongst competitors can be represented with the following diagram.
Several products exist in the market today that help users to “collect” information from web pages. The result is very often a textual or multimedia note, with very few possibilities of reuse of the collected information.

PunditBrian Competitors

At the same time other tools specifically address the problems of professionals (scholars, students, journalists, lawyers, etc) that, for their research, must consume textual documents in advanced ways, adding “marginalia” on them. The annotation features they provide are often semantically poor, being basically based only on text. You can’t identify concepts, persons, dates, relationships, things that can strongly ease the exploitation and reuse of a research.



How it works?

EventPlace is the solution for event and destination managers who want to organise their event content (e.g. presentations, video recordings, video promotions, documents) and combine it with user-generated content (e.g. photos and videos from participants, sharing impressions of the surroundings etc.) for an engaging experience for everyone.


For who?

EventPlace is aimed at the event and destination industry, more precisely both participants and organisers of conferences, events and festivals:

> Event managers    >Destination managers      > Conference participants
>Event audiences       >Festival visitors

Key benefits

For event organisers:

  • Improving Event ROI
  • Improving the Attendee Experience
  • Expanding Customer Engagement

For event participants:

  • Informing themselves about the event before, during and afterwards
  • Sharing their experience with others
  • Finding others according to interest and start networking
  • Creating a social memory of an event

How EventPlace is different?

The cross-platform approach for our service is beneficial when customers want to access their content on the go. We can additionally offer the integration of own multimedia, and the easy moderation/curation of own and aggregated content. EventPlace offers one platform to present your own media, enrich them and recommend topics of interest to your audience.

Who we are

We are a team of people united by the commitment to improve your work through our solutions: semantic annotation system and semantic recommendation engine. Whether you are a scholar, a journalist, event-organizer or you are interested in organizing better your online activities, our platforms will

serve your purpose. Our solutions are aimed both at individual and corporate clients and provide limitless possibilities for organizing their work in the digital environment. Explore our innovative solutions and learn what we can do for you.


StoM consortium members are all leaders in their specific fields.



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For information on the project please contact c .dot. fregonese .at. innova-eu .dot.  net or karolina .dot. kosminska .at. techin .dot. pl