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Project concept

The goal of the CAPER project is to create a common platform for the prevention of organised crime through sharing, exploitation and analysis of Open and private information sources.

The CAPER project is supported by the European Commission through the Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development with up to 5.6 Mio €, out of a total budget of 7.1 Mio €. This 3-year project has been running since 1st July 2011.


CAPER main features are:

  • Information acquisition from a linguistically neutral point of view
  • Information Processing having into account different information types and different cultural biases
  • Information Exploitation through a Visual Analytics component
  • Standardisation for interchange of data and tools
  • Integration with Large scale Systems
  • Secure knowledge sharing and collaboration
  • Study and recommendations about legal, ethical and societal issues
  • User focused


CAPER will support collaborative multilingual analysis of audiovisual content (video, audio, speech and images) and biometrics information, based on Visual Analytics and Data Mining technologies. The integration of database technologies (ETL), application workflow and Semantic Modelling of processes and legal limitations will permit participating LEAs share informational, investigative and experiential knowledge. The CAPER platform will be built in close collaboration with the LEA users in order to fulfil their current and forthcoming needs. The project is clearly focused on the fusion and real validation of existing state of the art to solve current bottlenecks faced by LEAs.

The international Intelligence Community has cited the following advantages of Open Source Intelligence (OSI) that can be realised by LEAs:

  • There is a need to better understand foreign countries and cultures when assessing threats and interpreting intelligence. This information is readily available on the Internet and in the Mass Media and can help investigators better understand the information they have available.
  • OSI can provide a base for understanding intelligence and evidence and help fill in gaps providing evidence and warnings that might otherwise be missed during investigations.





  • OSI can protect sources and methods. Decisions that are made based in intelligence and evidence can be defended as being conclusions drawn from Open Sources.
  • Evidence and Intelligence information systems typically represent a snapshot. OSI, when properly used, can store historic information.


These technologies will allow the project to address its second legal and LEA focused objective. CAPER will be fully aligned with current European instruments in the field of Freedom, Security and Justice, addressing two priorities of The Hague Programme (COM/2005/0184): 

  • The first priority is the balance between privacy, data protection, and security while sharing information among Legal Enforcement Agencies (Priority no. 7). This priority also sets the principles of availability of information for law enforcement purposes among the authorities of different Member States. CAPER will fully implement this principle by creating a collaborative platform.
  • The second priority addressed is to develop a strategic concept of organised crime that “includes measures designed for improving knowledge of the phenomenon and for strengthening prevention, investigation and cooperation” (Priority no. 8). The main objective of CAPER and its interoperable set of technologies are to fulfil this priority with efficient, transparent, and legally compliant protocols. CAPER will inform policy stakeholders of its results and conclusion presenting them with recommendations for future action.