Thomas Thurner

SEMANTiCS – the emergence of a European Marketplace for the Semantic Web

SEMANTiCS conference celebrated its 10th anniversary this September in Leipzig. And this year’s venue has been capable of opening a new age for the Semantic Web in Europe – a marketplace for the next generation of semantic technologies was born.

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As Phil Archer stated in his key note, the Semantic Web is now mature, and academia and industry can be proud of the achievements so far. And exactly that fact gave the thread for the conference: Real world use cases demonstrated by industry representatives, new and already running applied projects presented by the leading consortia in the field and a vivid academia showing the next ideas and developments in the field. So this years SEMANTiCS conference brought together the European Community in Semantic Web Technology – both from academia and industry.

  • Papers and Presentations: 45 (50% of them industry talks)
  • Posters: 10 (out of 22)
  • A marketplace with 11 permanent booths
  • Presented Vocabularies at the 1st Vocabulary Carnival: 24
  • Attendance: 225
  • Geographic Coverage: 21 countries

This year’s SEMANTiCS was co-located and connected with a couple of other related events, like the German ISKO, the Multilingual Linked Open Data for Enterprises (MLODE 2014) and the 2nd DBpedia Community Meeting 2014. This wisely connected gatherings brought people together and allowed transdisciplinary exchange.

Recapitulatory speaking: This SEMANTiCS has opened up new sights on Semantic Technologies, when it comes to

  • industry use
  • problem solving capacity
  • next generation development
  • knowledge about top companies, institutes and people in the sector
Thomas Thurner

I-SEMANTICS 2013: Kai Holzweissig about Daimler’s Linked Data Projects

“Product development is an information intensive process, which relies heavily on the division of labor. Thus, product development is not only of high cognitive, but also of high social complexity. Employees in product development possess different “thought worlds” of the product, its components and its development process, that is, they see the product differently. These different “thought worlds” cause communication – and consequently collaboration, which is the topmost success factor in product development – to break down.”

At this years I-Semantics Kai Holzweissig describes the use of controlled vocabularies and product development process reference models at Daimler. The use of controlled vocabulary and the corresponding process reference model as a “discursive anchor” gives employees at Daimler a toolset to harmonize their “thought worlds”. This can result in higher efficiency and effectiveness in product development by fostering inter-departmental collaboration.

About Dr. Kai Holzweissig

He has an educational background in Informatics (PhD) and Cognitive Science (MSc). During his time at University he was awarded scholarships from SIEMENS AG and the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom. From 2007 to 2011 Kai worked at the Project Management Office at Daimler Trucks. Since 2011 he works for the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at Daimler’s central IT department. Kai’s technical interests include: Contextual Informatics, Interaction Design, Social Software Theory and Linked Data. Kai is a lecturer for Interactive Systems at Reutlingen University.

 

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Thomas Thurner

Free Webinar: Linked Data for the Environmental Sector – Use Cases and Opportunities

Organizations working in the environmental sector most often act as intermediates between politics, economy and citizens. They are growing out of their role as plain content providers. To service the demands of their stakeholders they have to act also as data and tool providers for their respective communities.

On June 13 this webinar introduces several good practice examples achieving data governance in using the linked open data paradigms. Together with a basic overview of the possibilities of linked open data you get an appealing picture of the new opportunities which are provided by these principles and technologies, also for your organisation!

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Learn more about three organizations and their linked data projects

Global Buildings Performance Network (GBPN)

GBPN_logo_rgb_72GBPN established the “Policy comparative tool on building stock data” together with a domain specific thesaurus used for a domain specific news aggregator.

Renewable Energy and Efficiency Partnership (REEEP)

logo_reeepAs one of the pioneers in the sector, REEEP has an extensive focus on the use of linked data for renewable energy and energy efficiency, facilitating that in various services, like an automatic annotation service, aggregated country data presented as fact sheets, a domain specific search engine, etc.

Austrian Geological Survey (GBA)

gbaThe main driving factor for institutions like the GBA to invest in thesaurus and taxonomy projects, is the increasing need for a uniform description of their data. The idea is that this enhances value and re-usability of their products for their stakeholders. Especially in the geo-spatial sector the INSPIRE directive of the European Parliament and Council gave a push in that direction. As a public authority, the GBA was legally called to implement the directive for its domain.

Presenters in this Webinar

  • Martin Kaltenböck (SWC)
    CFO and Project Lead at Semantic Web Company for Data Portal Solutions
  • Florian Bauer (REEEP)
    Operations and IT Director of REEEP as well as the  clean energy information portal www.reegle.info
  • Andreas Blumauer (SWC)
    CEO and Evangelist for Linked Data and SKOS based Thesaurus Management

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Tassilo Pellegrini

REMINDER: I-SEMANTICS 2013 – Deadline Extension

I-SEMANTICS 2013, the 9th International Conference on Semantic Systems, has extended the deadlines of its Call for Papers.

Important Dates (Research & Application & Challenge Papers)
  • Extended Abstract Submission Deadline: April 8, 2013
  • Extended Submission Deadline: April 15, 2013
  • Notification of Acceptance: May 20, 2013
  • Camera-Ready Paper: June 24, 2013

Please download the CfP in the format of your choice.

We are happy to announce as this year’s Key Note Speakers

  • Ed Chi from Google, USA
  • Aldo Gangemi from Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies, Italy
  • Tiit Paananen from Skype, USA
  • Yves Raimond from BBC, UK

The conference will take place from September 4-6, 2013 in Graz, Austria and brings together both researchers and practitioners in the areas of Semantic Technologies, Linked Data and the Semantic Web in order to showcase cutting edge research, demonstrators and applications for the Corporate and Social Semantic Web.

I-SEMANTICS 2013 will also hold the “I-CHALLENGE”, which brings to you the 6th Linked Data Cup (formerly Triplification Challenge), the Best Paper Award and the Best Poster Award. The proceedings will be published with the ACM ICP series. Last year’s event attracted 85 submissions from 33 countries.

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