THESEUS is a research program initiated by the Federal Ministry of Economy and Technology (BMWi), with the goal of developing a new Internet-based infrastructure in order to better use and utilize the knowledge available on the Internet.

To this end, application-oriented basic technologies and technical standards are to be developed and tested under the umbrella of THESEUS. The expected results are novel products, tools, services, and business models for the World Wide Web, as well as for the service and knowledge society of tomorrow.

The focus of the research program is on semantic technologies, which determine contents (words, images, and sounds) not through conventional methods (e.g., combinations of letters) but which are able to recognize and place the meaning of a content in its proper context. Using these technologies, computer programs can intelligently comprehend the context in which data were stored. In addition, by applying rules and order principles, computers can draw logical inferences from the contents and auto nomously recognize and produce connections between various pieces of information from different sources. (Text source:

THESEUS application scenario ORDO – organising digital information

The application scenario ORDO is intended to research and develop semantic  technology, thereby creating new services and software tools that will enable users to organize their entire store of digital information. As the organization process will be automatic, it will also be transparent and require no effort by the user. High scalability will make problem-free processing of extremely large quantities of data, and graphic visualization of that data in knowledge model form, possible.

Unlike the solutions used up till now, this personalised linking allows unstructured and structured data to be organised in a uniform manner, making efficient, individual knowledge management possible.

Part of the ORDO application scenario will be the development of innovative procedures for the automatic recognition and comprehension of content. This should allow for the recognition of concepts and their respective context or mutual relationships, the extraction of facts and the creation of automatic synopses or summaries. These capabilities are a major advance on classic abstraction services, and offer scope for much more efficient information management. The next step will be to find suitable ways of extracting information and making it possible to apply the same advantages to multimedia content, too. (Text source:

Role of Fraunhofer SCAI.Bio in ORDO

The Department of Bioinformatics is contributing its expertise in information extraction from chemical depictions: »the computer becomes a chemistry expert«. chemoCR (Tool for Chemical Compound Reconstruction) extracts chemical structural formulas and their chemical structure depictions from scientific literature. The software package converts the structure depictions into a format the computer can use to process and search the information contained in the depictions.