The Networked European Software and Services Initiative

> Software and Key Digital Technologies
NESSI has published a short paper on Software and Key Digital Technologies, about the role of software technology in Key Digital Technologies (KDT), one of the proposed institutionalised European Partnerships under Horizon Europe.
> Software and Smart Networks and Services
NESSI has published a short paper on Software and Smart Networks and Services, about the role of software and services technologies for future Smart Networks and Services (SNS).
> Open Source Software
NESSI has published a short paper on Open Source. NESSI is comprised of many diverse organisations with different views on open source. Therefore, this paper does not give a single coherent position about OSS, but explores the broad spectrum of positions. 
NESSI recommends that the European Commission continues supporting the open source model as one way to facilitate easy access to fundamental technology under equal conditions to all organizations across Europe; and does not preclude other models of software licensing (e.g. SaaS, proprietary), especially if this helps exploitation.
This paper is addressed to:
  • policy makers, to be aware of the relevance of open source, not only for fostering businesses but also to make access to software more democratic and by that to promote digital inclusion
  • NESSI Members, to promulgate a common understanding that NESSI is a plural community and does not champion one particular position on this issue; and
  • all external stakeholders, to communicate the position of NESSI on open source.

> Software and the Next Generation Internet

NESSI has published a short paper on Software and the Next Generation Internet, setting out how research in software technologies can best meet the needs of the Next Generation Internet (NGI) initiative, which is about to re-engineer today’s Internet so that it “enables human potential, mobility and creativity of the largest possible scale.”

Software is a key element of this development, and places huge demands on the processes for software design, implementation, integration, operation and assurance of the intended outcomes. NGI will raise the bar in terms of system complexity, automation and intelligent adaptation. To deliver on the potential of NGI requires research and innovation to address challenges in:
  • management of complexity in highly distributed, heterogeneous infrastructure and applications by using AI, and supported by standards designed for automated compliance checking;
  • counteracting significant threats to trust from the erosion of authenticity and truthfulness and the potential abuse of personal data in online services;
  • maintaining dependable service in the face of increasing threats from cyber-attacks, including managing risks and containing intrusions, and addressing threats from new technologies; and
  • re-engineering software engineering processes for design, implementation and operation of systems composed dynamically from self-adapting components, assuring outcomes that comply with regulations and ethical requirement.
To meet these challenges will require innovative application and integration of digital enablers: ubiquitous connectivity, hyper-scalability, human centricity and artificial intelligence.

> Software and AI

NESSI has published a short paper on Software and AI. Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a domain currently receiving a lot of attention. Availability of technology, successes in some use cases, foreseen impacts on society and economy, and global investments promise a new era of AI applications. There is a lot of focus on data and AI, because the latest AI algorithms and applications are typically data hungry. However, without software there is no AI. It is important to identify both the specificities of AI software and what AI can bring to software engineering. This paper presents the challenges identified by NESSI to successfully integrate AI in the smart software systems required to advance the digital transformation of Europe.

We identify four primary research challenges: governance of self-adapting software; explainable AI; appropriate data; and legal, ethical and societal challenges. We identify the need to re-engineer software technologies, and to address: software composability; software and data lifecycles; quality assurance; socio-technical challenges; and dedicated hardware.Europe’s ambition and investment in AI software research and innovation should be on par with the transformative potential of the technology.

> NESSI: Next Generation Software Technologies Empowering the Digital Transformation of Europe

The paper identifies important research challenges in software technologies to be addressed in Horizon Europe in order to feed and sustain the innovation and solution deployment pipeline for digital products, services and business models and thus to secure and strengthen the European innovation capabilities in a digital world. In particular, research is required to deliver the next generation of software technologies. Please read more here.


NESSI is the European Technology Platform (ETP) dedicated to Software, Services and Data. NESSI provides input to EU Institutions on research actions and technology matters of particular importance to the software domain, and the overall aim is to enable the software and services sector help vitalize the great potential of the European economy and society. NESSI gathers Partners and Members from all over Europe, from industry, research centres and academia, and engages in close dialogue with the European Commission and other stakeholders on topics including Smart Networks and Services, Software and AI, and Key Digital Technologies.
NESSI takes an active role in addressing future challenges of Europe, by working to ensure that sufficient resources are invested in leading-edge research and innovation for technologies in the software and service domain. Europe has to turn its outstanding R&I potential, its infrastructure and its technological environment into successful product development and marketable products in order to maintain its competitive edge.

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