ieml - information economy meta language

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I am using a subset of IEML (information economy meta language - for a project to connect semantic data using drupal and node.js in order to add meaning to data so we can ask better questions of the web.

I will need to create an IEML module (or set of modules) in order to do this so thought this would be a good place to post to let people know what I'm working on and anyone else is interested in joining in.

Here's some info on IEML from the site (site in both French & English):

The IEML research program promotes a radical innovation in the notation and processing of semantics. IEML (Information Economy MetaLanguage) is a regular language that provides new methods for semantic interoperability, semantic navigation, collective categorization and self-referential collective intelligence. This research program is compatible with the major standards of the Web of data and is in tune with the current trends in social computing.

The human species can be defined by its special ability to manipulate symbols. Each great augmentation in this ability has brought enormous economic, social, political, religious, epistemological, educational (and so on) changes.

I think that there has been only 4 of these big changes. The first one is related to the invention of writing, when symbols became permament and reified. The second one corresponds to the invention of the alphabet, indian numerals and other small groups of symbols able to represent "almost everything" bycombination. The third one is the invention of the printing press and the subsequent invention of electronic mass media. In this case, the symbols werereproduced and transmitted by industrial machines. We are currently at the beginning of a fourth big anthropological change, because the symbols can now be transformed by massively distributed automata in the digital medium. My main hypothesis is that we still did not have invented the symbolic systems and cultural institutions fitting the new digital medium. So my research in the past 15 years has been devoted to the invention of a symbolic system able to exploit the computational power, the capacity of memory and the ubiquity of the digital medium. This symbolic system is called IEML, for Information Economy MetaLanguage. It is :

(1) an artificial language that translates itself automatically into natural languages,

(2) a metadata language for the collaborative semantic tagging of digital data,

(3) a new addressing layer of the digital medium (conceptual addressing) solving the semantic interoperability problem,

(4) a programming language specialized in the design of semantic networks,

(5) a semantic coordinate system of the mind (the semantic sphere), allowing the computational modeling of human cognition and the self-observation of collective intelligences.

The development and use of IEML could lead to an epistemological revolution in humanities and social sciences (facing currently a flood of "big data"). It could also become an important tool in the hands of human communities to create, assimilate and "manage" knowledge. All this goes in the direction of an augmentation of human collective intelligence linked to a generalized continuous social learning.



stevepurkiss's picture

I've submitted a group for those interested in ieml:

Noob question about IEML & Apache Stanbol

Paulmicha's picture

Just bought the book : Lévy, P. "La sphère sémantique 1 - computation, cognition, économie de l'information", and getting interested in this as a potential research topic, but the link to the group seems broken...

Do you know if there are any plans to make IEML part of Apache Stanbol components ? - see and

There seems to be no functioning forums on - see, so I'm asking here just in case.

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