VIRTUOSO project (2010-2013)
Since 2010, the EUROSINT FORUM has supported the European FP7-funded VIRTUOSO project. This project came to an end on 30 June 2013.
Objective of the project
The VIRTUOSO project (2010-2013) aimed to provide security authorities with an advanced integrated toolkit, developed around open source architecture, in order to exploit open source information.
The objective of the VIRTUOSO was to develop a IT middleware platform, which would allow end user organizations to tailor their IT system to their specific needs. A demonstrator was presented in order to exhibit the versatility, adaptability and applicability of the platform by integrating different IT components, open source and proprietary, coming from the consortium partners.
The IT middleware platform is the final deliverable of the project and is freely available and open source. The two core parts of the VIRTUOSO platform, Weblab (supported by Cassidian) and ING (supported by Thalès), are freely available for download and under open source license.
This project involved major European integrators (Cassidian, Thales, ATOS), national laboratories (CEA, TNO, ISDEFE), consulting firms (CEIS, HAWK), and high technologies SMEs (Mondeca, Sail Labs, Data Fusion International), as well as Universities (TILT, University of Modena). These consortium partners were all members of the EUROSINT Forum.
Role of the EUROSINT Forum
The EUROSINT Forum has actively supported the project and its extensive network of secuirty professionals was mobilized for the duration of the project.
Twenty workshops were organised, with the support of EUROSINT Forum, throughout the project in order to gather the needs and requirements of end-users, and to evaluate and validate the results. National presentations had been requested by national agencies. The VIRTUOSO project has been presented in London, Paris, Berlin, Madrid, Bucharest, Stockholm, Vilnius, and Warsaw.
About 200 representatives of more than 40 organizations of 10 members states and 5 European Institutions participated in one of multiple workshops. The organisations following the project were among others: Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Police, Customs, Intelligence Services, Critical Infrastructure protection, etc.