Large-scale worldwide experimental evaluations provide fundamental contributions to the advancement of state-of-the-art techniques through common evaluation procedures, regular and systematic evaluation cycles, comparison and benchmarking of the adopted approaches, and spreading of knowledge. In the process, vast amounts of experimental data are generated that beg for analysis tools to enable interpretation and thereby facilitate scientific and technological progress.

PROMISE will provide a virtual laboratory for conducting participative research and experimentation to carry out, advance and bring automation into the evaluation and benchmarking of such complex information systems, by facilitating management and offering access, curation, preservation, re-use, analysis, visualization, and mining of the collected experimental data.


  • foster the adoption of regular experimental evaluation activities;
  • bring automation into the experimental evaluation process;
  • promote collaboration and re-use over the acquired knowledge-base;
  • stimulate knowledge transfer and uptake.

Europe is unique: a powerful economic community that politically and culturally strives for equality in its languages and an appreciation of diversity in its citizens. New Internet paradigms are continually extending the media and the task where multiple language based interaction must be supported. PROMISE will direct a world-wide research community to track these changes and deliver solutions so that Europe can achieve one of its most cherished goals.

PROMISE use cases

  • Unlocking culture will deal with information access to cultura heritage material held in large-scale digital libraries.
  • Search for innovation will deal with patent search and its peculiar requirements to seek out a standardized method and frame- work for evaluating different tools for the intellectual property.
  • Visual clinical decision support will dea lwith visual information connected with text in the radiology domain.

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  • Network of Excellence co-funded by the 7th Framework Program of the European Commission
  • Coordinated by the University of Padua   
  • 10 partners from 7 countries
  • Duration: Sept 2010 - Aug 2013 (36 months)
  • Project Cost: 4.27 million Euro
  • Project Funding: 3.53 million Euro