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MICO Platform Server

The MICO Platform Server is a Linux installation providing the following services:

  • an installation of Apache Marmotta with contextual extensions (found in the marmotta/ directory), running at http://<host>:8080/marmotta
  • an installation of RabbitMQ, running at <host>:5672
  • an FTP server for serving and storing the binary content of content items

All three services have to use the same user and password combination (for testing: mico:mico).

Debian Repository

A complete binary installation for development can be setup using custom-built packages that we offer in the MICO Debian repository. If you want to setup a development server or virtual image, this is the easiest way to get up and running.

1. Setup Debian Jessie

To install these packages, first setup a basic installation of Debian Jessie (testing). For example, you can start with the latest Debian Network Installation Image. For MICO, a plain installation is sufficient, i.e. no special package preselection is needed.

Note: please do not use the username mico, as it will later be created by the setup process.

2. Add MICO Repository


deb mico main contrib

to your /etc/apt/sources.list file.

All packages are signed with a with a gpg-key (Key-ID: AD261C57). To avoid warnings by apt-get either install the mico-apt-key package or fetch the key from yourself:

wget -O- | sudo apt-key add -

3. Install MICO Platform

To install the MICO platform, fetch the most recent package list and install the package mico-platform as follows:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install mico-platform

The installation will interactively ask you a few questions regarding a MICO user to be created and the hostname to use for accessing the system. Please take your time to carefully configure these values. Especially, make sure you remember the MICO password you entered.

4. Access MICO Platform

Web Interface:

The Debian installation comes with a single entry-point for accessing the Web interfaces of those services that provide it. It is available at http://<host>/. If the server is accessible from outside the development environment, please make sure to further protect this page by e.g. a firewall or changes to the lighttpd configuration, as it contains the login details for the MICO user.

Sample Service:

The Debian installation also includes a sample service implemented in C++ that is used for demonstrating the platform functionality. This service is capable of transforming text contained in JPEG and PNG images into plain text using the tesseract OCR library. Try it out as follows:

mico_ocr_service <host> <user> <password>

starts the service in the current terminal session. Replace <host>, <user>, and <password> with the values you provided in the configuration phase. If you then access the broker web interface, the service and its dependencies should be shown.

Inject Content:

A simple C++ command line tool is also provided for injecting content into the platform for analysis. It can be used as follows:

mico_inject <host> <user> <password> <files...>

where <files...> is one or more paths to files in the local file system. The call will inject a single content item, with a content part for each file given as argument.

VirtualBox Image

A complete installation for development is currently provided as VirtualBox image. It only has a single user "mico" with password "mico". When starting, the server will get an IP address from VirtualBox (usually, the first IP address of the pool). For convenience, you can access the following administration interfaces:

  • Marmotta: http://<host>:8080/marmotta
  • RabbitMQ: http://<host>:15672

The FTP Server (ProFTPD) is configured to store binary data in the /data directory exclusively. We are currently working on providing a more easy-to-use vagrant version of this image.

Development Server

A development server will be setup once the platform stabilizes.

MICO Platform API

This repository contains the source code of the MICO platform API and modules. It provides implementations of the API for both Java and C++ (version 11). The API is used by analysis services to register with the platform and by other applications to interact with the platform (e.g. inject and export content items).


Java API

The Java API is build using Maven and will therefore retrieve all its dependencies automatically. Therefore, only the following prerequisites need to be satisfied:

  • JDK 7
  • Maven


Building the C++ API has additional requirements for native libraries. For convenience, packages not provided by the recommended Debian systems are provided as packages by the MICO repository. In particular, the dependencies are:

  • GNU Autotools, GCC >= 4.8 with C++11 support
  • cURL library for HTTP requests (apt-get install libcurl4-gnutls-dev)
  • expat library for XML parsing (apt-get install libexpat1-dev)
  • Boost 1.55 libraries for additional C++ functionalities (apt-get install libboost1.55-dev libboost-log1.55-dev libboost-system1.55-dev)
  • xxd for inlining SPARQL queries in C++ (part of VIM, apt-get install vim-common)
  • protobuf for the event communication protocol (apt-get install libprotobuf-dev protobuf-compiler, version > 2.5)
  • libdaemon as the (sample) extractors run as daemon (apt-get install libdaemon-dev)
  • AMQP-CPP for communication with RabbitMQ (apt-get install libamqpcpp-dev=2.1.4 - provided by MICO repository)
  • libhdfs3 (apt-get install libhdfs3-dev - - provided by MICO repository)
  • Doxygen for building the documentation

If you use a different Linux distribution you may have to compile the following libraries on your own (tested exemplary with Fedora 20):

For building the C++ binary tools (mico_inject etc.), there are the following additional dependencies:

  • magic library for guessing MIME type (apt-get install libmagic-dev)

For building the C++ sample analyzers (mico_ocr_service etc.), there are the following additional dependencies:

  • tesseract library for OCR with English database (apt-get install libtesseract-dev tesseract-ocr-eng)
  • leptonica library for image processing (apt-get install libleptonica-dev)


The API is built using the standard tools for the respective environment (i.e. Maven or GNU make). When running tests, make sure the MICO Platform Server installation is started, and point to its host name or IP address by setting the environment variable appropriately:


Building (Java)

The complete platform is built using Maven. To build and install the current version, run

mvn clean install

on the command line. This will compile all Java source code, run existing unit tests, build JAR artifacts, and install them in the local Maven repository.

Binary Maven artifacts are periodically published to our development repositories:

        <name>MICO Relesases Repository</name>
        <name>MICO Snapshots Repository</name>

Building (C++)

The C++ bindings of the platform are built using the CMake. To configure a build directory and create the Makefiles necessary to build the platform, create a new directory (can be located anywhere) and in that directory run

cmake /path/to/repository/api/c++

In case configuration succeeds (i.e. all dependencies are found), the C++ libraries can be built and automatically tested using GNU make as follows:


To create a complete API documentation of the MICO Platform API in the api/c++/doc directory, run

make doc

To install the C++ libraries and headers to the predefined prefix, run

make install

Using a MICO Platform instance

If a platform instance is running, several analysis chain can be triggered depending on the availability of extractors and workflows, using both a WEB interface and a REST api.

Example calls to the REST api are going to be provided via using curl.

Workflow setup

Analysis chains can be enabled by navigating to <mico-platform-host>:8080/mico-configuration/, and starting the desired configuration.

After setting up the extractor, their connections are displayed in <mico-platform-host>:8080/broker/

Default workflows

Default workflows to be pre-loaded by the broker can be placed inside platform/broker/src/main/resources/camel-routes/. The currently available ones are:

ID Name
1 Serengeti-RedlinkNER (text)
2 Kaldi Speech2Text (video,NER)
3 Face detection (image)
4 Face detection (video-keyframes)
5 Face detection (video-steps)
6 IO-demo showcase all (video)
7 Animal detection (image)

Item creation and injection

Item creation and injection is provided via WEB graphical interface and via REST api.

WEB interface (Broker v2)

The WEB interface for item injection can be found at <mico-platform-host>:8080/broker/inject.html.

The interface provides a user-friendly method for injecting single files to the platform: Select your file after clicking on the "Choose File" button, then on "Create item", and then on the "Submit" one.

The item is going to be broadcasted to every available extractors, and then analyzed by the ones able to process the uploaded file, according to the graph displayed in <mico-platform-host>:8080/broker/

REST api

Item creation

An Item can be created out of a single file with a POST to /broker/inject/create:

curl -X POST --data-binary @<path/to/binary/file> <mico-platform-host>:8080/broker/inject/create

The POST is going to return a json object containing a field named <itemUri>.

It is also possible to create composite items consisting of several parts, e.g. as follows:

curl -X POST <mico-platform-host>:8080/broker/inject/create?type=<itemSyntacticType>
curl -X POST --data-binary @<path/to/first/part>  <mico-platform-host>:8080/broker/inject/add?itemUri=<itemUri>&type=<firstPartSyntacticTye>
curl -X POST --data-binary @<path/to/second/part> <mico-platform-host>:8080/broker/inject/add?itemUri=<itemUri>&type=<secondPartSyntacticTye>

Where <itemSyntacticType> is a string, e.g. with value "mico:CompositeItem"

Item injection (Broker v2)

The value of the field <itemUri> retrieved after the item creation can be used for injecting the content to the platform by calling

curl -X POST <mico-platform-host>:8080/broker/inject/submit?item=<itemUri>

Item injection (Broker v3)

The value of the field <itemUri> retrieved after the item creation can be used for injecting the content to the platform by calling

curl -X POST <mico-platform-host>:8080/broker/inject/submit?item=<itemUri>&route=<routeId>

The value of <routeId> should be picked from the table above. <br> An updated list of available routes can be retrieved from the workflow service

curl <mico-platform-host>:8080/broker/workflow/routes

Item status request

curl <mico-platform-host>:8080/broker/status/items?uri=<itemUri>&parts=<true|false>