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The INTEROP V-Lab (International Virtual Laboratory for Enterprise Interoperability) is a network of organizations, which links scientists, research centers, representatives of industry, and small and medium-sized enterprises. The members come from several European countries as well as China and represent 250 scientists and 70 organizations.

INTEROP-VLab was founded in 2007 and is the continuation of the INTEROP Network of Excellence (Interoperability research for networked enterprise applications and software), a research initiative of the European Union founded early 2000s,[1] which developed the Model Driven Interoperability (MDI) Framework.

In 2012 Guy Doumeingts was appointed general manager of INTEROP-VLab.


INTEROP-VLab is an initiative that is working within the context of interoperability, in particular the so-called Enterprise Interoperability (EI). It aims to link together in a network researchers and research institutions and industry representatives, engaged in developing approaches and integrative solutions to connect heterogeneous industrial systems, public administrations or organizations.

The basic objective of INTEROP-VLab is the defragmentation of the European research and scientific landscape and support the cooperation of other regions of the world:

  • through support of research, teaching and innovation in the field of Enterprise Interoperability
  • through the work of a center of excellence in the field of Enterprise Interoperability world


The activities of INTEROP-VLab consist of research, teaching and training services and standardization consultancy.

The independent research within INTEROP-VLabs is based on the following three key components:

  • Information and communication technology as a technological foundation of interoperable systems
  • Modeling of processes, organizations and organizational units to develop and implement appropriate structures for interoperable companies and public organizations
  • The development and specification of ontologies to ensure semantic consistency within organizations affiliated with the following priorities:
    • Theoretical groundwork
    • Investigation and development of key technologies
    • Development of exemplary applications

Within INTEROP-VLab developed solutions include:

  • IV kmap (INTEROP-VLab Knowledge Map ), a competence management system within the EI range that is based on an ontology-based search engine and allows to find relevant documents and content relating to a particular knowledge domain.
  • The IV e-learning platform, with 50 web-courses and seminars in the field of EI, modeling, ontologies offers and Architecture & Platforms


The members of the INTEROP-VLab are organize in poles of geographic regions within a State or group of States. Activities of each organization are coordinated at European level. The members of the INTEROP-VLab are:

  • INTEROP-VLab poles France Grand Sud-Ouest (PGSO)
  • DFI (German Forum for interoperability eV)[2]
  • INTEROP-VLab UK Pole
  • INTEROP-VLab China Pole
  • INTEROP-VLab Portuguese poles (INTEROP-ptrp)
  • INTEROP North Pole


  1. ^ Panetto, Hervé, Monica Scannapieco, and Martin Zelm. "INTEROP NoE: interoperability research for networked enterprises applications and software." On the Move to Meaningful Internet Systems 2004: OTM 2004 Workshops. Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 2004.
  2. ^ Kai Mertins, Rainer Ruggaber, Keith Popplewell, Xiaofei Xu. Enterprise Interoperability III: New Challenges and Industrial Approaches. Springer Science & Business Media, 1 apr. 2008. p. 519

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