Project ValueModels accepted (Idex UCA JEDI, Académie 1, RISE)!

The “TCP-IP + Blockchain” platform I initiated has submitted a project to the Academy 1 (RISE) of the UCA JEDI Idex which was recently funded.

The overall aim of this project, entitled ValueModels, is to mobilize Semantic Web technologies to better take into account the non-market value(s) ascribed by actors in their various activities so as to allow them to better cooperate (by automating new chains of value with Blockchains – thus putting the latter to good use!).

Unlike traditional Semantic Web ontologies which focus mainly on modelling domains of objects, ValueModels targets values and valuation processes thus displacing the traditional goal of computer ontologies.

Here is the summary of the project:

The ValueModels project which is part of the TCP-IP + Blockchain cooperative platform (also submitted as a manisfestation d’intérêt) aims to create a new technical and methodological framework to help detect value(s) and valuation practices and thence bridge the gap between knowledge engineering and the Semantic Web on the one hand and Blockchains on the other. This is done by developing a new approach to modelization in terms of valuation rather than domains so as to foster collaboration among actors who share a compatible approach to valuation by allowing them to implement new cooperative “value chains”. We believe ontology engineering on the Semantic Web has mainly fostered interoperability among datasets rather true cooperation among actors and institutions. To address this shortcoming, it is necessary to model values and valuation practices rather than domains. Value chains among actor who hold compatible value models may then be automated with Blockchains in order to support fruitful cooperation and foster the advent of a sustainable economy which promotes recognition of the diversity of valuation practices and maximizes the production of positive externalities.

This project is a multidisciplinary endeavor between Inria (WIMMICS), Chelsea College of Arts, Villa Arson, CNRS (Gredeg), Mnémotix, Club Cap EF.

Conférence invitée : Symposium Excellence in Smart Systems

J’ai eu le plaisir d’intervenir le 23 novembre dernier lors du symposium interlabex consacré aux technologies “smart”, à Besançon : Excellence in Smart Systems, le tout en présence notamment du PDG de l’ANR.

Mon intervention s’intitulait “A quoi peuvent servir les technologies « smart » en regard d’une vision réaliste de l’avenir et de l’environnement ?”.

Yuk Hui à la MSHS: « Object and Relation –Ontology(ontologies) in Light of the Notion of Digital »

Dans le cadre du cycle de séminaires joints MSHS/GREDEG/INRIA-I3S-wimmics sur le thème “Artefacts Numériques et Matérialités”, nous aurons le plaisir d’accueillir Yuk Hui (, chercheur à l’Université Leuphana de Lüneburg, le 9 septembre de 14h à 16h en salle 129 à la MSHS.

Sa présentation intitulée « Object and Relation –Ontology(ontologies) in Light of the Notion of Digital » s’orientera sur la base de son ouvrage tout récemment publié: On the Existence of Digital Objects (University of Minnesota Press, 2016,

Le résumé est le suivant :

« I will center the talk around my recent book On the Existence of Digital Objects (Press of Minnesota University, 2016), in which I propose to decompose the concept of object into relations in light of the recent development in digital technologies, especially data processing. Digital objects are the new industrial artifacts that pervade in our everyday life, either online or offline. In this talk, I will argue that 1) digital object demands a new ontology, which distinguishes itself from that of natural objects (that which has been explored in terms of subject or/and substance) and technical objects (that which we can find in the work of Heidegger and Simondon), this ontology is fundamentally relational and material; and 2) I will elaborate on relation as a concept beyond the opposition of syntactic and semantic, and proposes to understand the genesis of digital objects from the perspective of the materiality of relations. »