Fraunhofer Institute of Optronics, System Technologies and Image Exploitation IOSB

WebGenesis® - Generation support for Web-based Information Systems

WebGenesis® - Generation support for Web-based Information Systems

Nowadays, understandable data is the foundation of good decisions. The challenge is not only to handle the vast amount of data but also connecting the data from many different areas in the semantically correct way. For example, in the application domain “Industrie 4.0”, data from production, maintenance and order management have to be linked and complex production chains have to be modelled. Regarding the subject of climate change we have to deal with weather data, results from model calculations, legal requirements and cascaded climate effects.
 

WebGenesis®supports you in the acquisition, management and description of raw data (e.g. time series data of sensors) and expertise. It particularly shows its strengths when the information given has a spatial reference (e.g. events on a map). By using web technologies users can access the system from distributed locations. Thus, the system enables the collaboration of experts from different domains.

Map of Baden-Württemberg of a fictious catastrophe in the city of Pforzheim To link the data, methods and technologies of the Semantic Web are used. Hereby WebGenesis® relies on open standards such as the Web Ontology Language OWL/RDF. If an ontology is already available, it can be imported directly. With this description, input and search forms can be automatically generated and a navigation structure is created. The structure can be created and edited in WebGenesis® as well. With these features a complex knowledge-based information system can be setup in a short time.
 
The integration of external data sources, such as WikiData is possible as well.
 
WebGenesis® uses open standards for the integration of maps and time series data. It supports various protocols of the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), e.g. the Web Mapping Service (WMS) or OpenStreetMap servers. The same applies for sensor data from the Internet of Things (IoT): for this task, WebGenesis® relies on the OGC SensorThings API with special support for the Open Source product FROST®. OPC-UA is an open standard in the industrial sector and can be integrated as well.
 
Features
 
Measuring of ground water data: BRGM, France
  • Management, navigation and customized visualization of ontologies (import/export of OWL/RDF)
  • Integration of external semantic data sources (e.g. WikiData, Semantic Web)
  • Access from and integration of other external knowledge bases (SPARQL-Endpoint)
  • Integration of maps (OpenStreetMap, several OGC formats, …)
  • Data visualization on Maps (SensorThings API, W*S, ontologies)
  • Workflow engine to support the creation and management of standard operating procedures (SOPs)
  • Generation of forms/support for rapid prototyping
  • Fully web-based / mobile app available
  • Docker support
  • Supports single sign-on via openID Connect (OIDC)
 
Fields of Application
 
Supply Chain of Cocoa in the Smart Factory Web WebGenesis® can be used as a development platform for knowledge based systems. It can also serve as a basis for own developments. Developer training is available.
 
WebGenesis® offers a wide range of possibilities for use thanks to the openness and the various features of the tool. Currently the systems is used In many application fields, e,g. SmartCity, crisis management, Industry 4.0, protection of cultural heriage and environmental information.