The iSocial consortium, which consists of 7 full partners and 6 associate partners, envisions the emergence of distributed and scalable overlay networking and distributed storage infrastructures that will provide support for open social networks and for innovative social network applications, preserving end-user privacy and information ownership. The main objective of iSocial is to provide world class training for a next generation of researchers, computer scientists, and Web engineers, emphasizing on a strong combination of advanced understanding in both theoretical and experimental approaches, methodologies and tools that are required to develop Decentralized Online Social Networking platforms. iSocial training network will fund 11 Ph.D. students and 5 post-doctoral fellows. To meet this goal, iSocial is divided into four interconnected research topics, which include important and timely research challenges with a high exploitation potential:
i)Overlay Infrastructure for Decentralized Online Social Networking Services;
ii)Data storage & distribution;
iii)Security, privacy & trust;
iv) Modelling and Simulation.
iSocial project will run from Oct 2012 to Sep 2016
For more information, visit the website of the project.