To support community building and thematic engagement activities and to facilitate the interaction in the communication and capitalization domains, TALIA project has built the Semantic Framework, a search engine tool based on the assessment of a collection of documents and deliverables coming from the past and current MED programming period and project outcomes.
The system developed by the TALIA project allows to perform semantic searches, exploring the hidden and unknown connections among MED projects, pilots actions and private and public stakeholders belonging to a same or different thematic domain by indexing, analyzing and searching for collections of heterogeneous documents to extract knowledge through natural language processing, distributional semantics and data visualization techniques.
The power of the semantic search engine lies in the fact that there is no need to retrieve the same keyword(s) within the body of any two documents to establish a connection between them; it is the machine (with its artificial intelligence) that identifies the connection and “weighs” it, returning to the user a list of related documents ranked by relevance.
The semantic framework allows three different activities:
- the benchmark, to compare regional performances (inside and outside the MED area) on the basis of different indicators related to creativity and social innovation and to display historical trends in relation to these indicators, from the regional to the European level;
- smart search (discovery), through which it is possible to obtain the abstracts of various documents present in the various collections; obtain lists of documents sorted on the basis of semantic searches and concepts; extract related words from documents;
- the design, that contributes to the validation of any policy implemented, provided that there is a fairly large collection of documents to be analyzed.