September 2, 2008

Eero Hyvönen


Eero Hyvönen ( is a professor of semantic media technology at the Helsinki University of Technology, Laboratory of Media Technology, and a docent of computer science at the University of Helsinki, Department of Computer Science.
He directs the Semantic Computing Research Group SeCo ( specializing, e.g., on the Semantic Web. His current research projects include the "Finnish National Ontology Project (FinnONTO), 2003-2007, 2008-2010" ( aiming at developing the basis for a semantic web infrastructure in Finland.
This infrastructure includes development of large Finnish ontologies, metadata schemas, and ontology services for their cost-effective usage on the web using Web 2.0 technologies.
The infrastructure is being tested and demonstrated in various pilot applications for the national semantic web. A major theme in these systems is to facilitate distributed collaborative content creation on the web based on shared ontologies and ontology services.


SeCo group published in 2004, e.g., the internationally awarded semantic portal MuseumFinland (, a web publication channel for museums to publish their collections on the semantic web. This system has been developed further into the cross-cultural CultureSampo portal (, whose prototype is published on Sept. 25, 2008, for different kind of cultural contents and content providers.
In the eHealth domain, the national HealthFinland portal ( for publishing health promotion information, produced by different national health organizations, has been designed and implemented, with an operational prototype on the semantic web (