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Theme fund: NGI0 Discovery
Start: 2021-02
End: 2021-02

Corteza Discovery

(Geo)search and discovery within federated services

Corteza Discovery will render Corteza as a search-oriented architecture. Corteza is an open source Low Code Application Development solution for building records-based management systems. It can be used in a wide array of applications, from Urban Data Platform for smart city management to business applications and CRM. Corteza is capable of many-to-many data federation and WCAG2.0 accessibility is an objective across all components of the solution.

Advanced, permissioned search will be implemented locally, within federations and between federations. Standards-oriented geolocation and mapping will be supported across the platform. The ultimate goal is to create a compelling, modern and friendly UX for users/citizens - yet based on federated, high-utility Low Code applications which have been specifically designed for purposes of data collection, organisation and portability. Search features such as tokenisation, lemmitisation and "more like this" functionality will enrichen user interaction.

From any point of user interaction with any search, to developers building new applications to be searched, Corteza aims to set a standard for inclusive design.

Why does this actually matter to end users?

Everyone knows that once something is online, it can be hard if not impossible to take that information down again. This is especially risky when you need to share information on a document that also has particularly sensitive or even confidential data on it. Today, countless individuals, businesses and governments use and rely on cloud services to share and manage data online in a controlled space. But how much control do these users really have over their data? Ask yourself this: when you 'rent' cloud space from a provider, where and how does this organization actually store your data? How is it protected, how can you be sure that the personal information you have in there, is kept away from prying eyes? And what's more, where does this provider actually store your data, in what country and under which laws?

Instead of handing over your business critical data, you could try to do it yourself by self-hosting services or even develop your own tools. If this is too technical and time consuming, you could use a platform like Corteza to build your own records-based management solution. Built with free and open source software, Corteza allows you to build your own private or public services based on how you want to store, use and share your information (while handling any technicalities behind the scenes).

Where previous funding has brought federating capabilities to Corteza through support of the ActivityPub-protocol for decentralized networking, now advanced search features will be added. Think of detailed geographic location and mapping, as well as 'more like this' overviews, which help you easily and intuitively move from query and result to other data that is relevant to your interests. Technology like this can help you build your platform or service from the ground up, where you understand and can adapt each building block as you please, while offering all the capabilities and services people expect to have at their fingertips.

Run by Crust Technology Ltd.

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This project was funded through the NGI0 Discovery Fund, a fund established by NLnet with financial support from the European Commission's Next Generation Internet programme, under the aegis of DG Communications Networks, Content and Technology under grant agreement No 825322.