• Project Data

    European FP7 Project
    The CONVERGENCE project is funded by the European Union's 7th Framework Programme
    Collaborative Project
    Grant agreement n. FP7-257123

    CNIT (Consorzio Interuniversitario per le Telecomunicazioni)
    Prof. Nicola Blefari Melazzi

    Community contribution to the project
    2,989,140 Euro

    Project start date
    June, 1, 2010

    Project end date
    May, 31, 2013


Originally conceived as a “network of hosts”, the Internet is evolving into an Internet of services, an Internet of media, an Internet of people and an Internet of “things”. This implies a strategic shift from “host-centric” to “content-centric” and “data-centric” networking.

Against this background, CONVERGENCE proposes to enhance the Internet with a novel, content-centric, publish-subscribe service model, based on the Versatile Digital Item (VDI): a common container for all kind of digital content, derived from the MPEG21 standard.


The project successfully passed the final technical review on 10-05-13.