The Semantic Puzzle

Jana Herwig

KiWi Joint Work Package Meeting in Prague

So here we go again, the KiWi and me: Today, tomorrow and Friday I am in Prague with my colleagues Andreas BlumauerAndreas Blumauer studied Computer Sciences and Business Administration and started his career as a software developer for financial services. In 1998 he co-founded punkt.net Services, a specialised software company, which has developed several national and international knowledge platforms. He ... and Matthias Samwald, attending the first Joint Workpackage Meeting in the EU-funded project KiWi – Knowledge in a Wiki. The present meeting is hosted by Sun Microsystems - Josef Holy and Inka Havlova gave us a very warm welcome, but thankfully the Sun offices are the direct opposite, namely perfectly chilled on this hot June day:-)

The day started with Sebastian Schaffert, project coordinator from Salzburg Research, giving us an overview of the actitivies of the first quarter in the project and a primer on the objectives of the meeting. The overall concern of this full meeting, in order to align core developments of the project early on, is to develop a common understanding of the functionalities and behaviour of the KiWiEU-funded project combining the wiki philosophy with methods of the Semantic Web, aiming to develop a new approach to knowledge management. (http://www.kiwi-project.eu/index.php/about) system, to define a core data model and to develop an outline for the upcoming dissemination plan.

An IT project is like herding cats, they say – in our case, we’ll be herding kiwis, and if we can enjoy it only half as much as these guys, I’ll be fine:-)

The first session is coming up: Peter Axel Nielsen’s report from Work Package 5, i.e. the usecase developed by Logica and Aalborg University. More updates coming up soon!

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