The Semantic Puzzle

Thomas Thurner

iSemantics 2012 – Visualization of Linked Data in Focus

The I-Know / I-Semantics 2012 is over, leaving their mark in the minds of nearly 500 participants: in more than 100 presentations, poster sessions and discussions latest trends and technologies of the Semantic Web and Knowledge Management world were presented. While the I-Know focused on workplace-based and computer-assisted learning, the I-Semantics’ central topic was the utilization of Linked Data.

Most current issues are the visualization of Linked Data and the automatic development of large, graphIn mathematics, a graph is an abstract representation of a set of objects where some pairs of the objects are connected by links. The interconnected objects are represented by mathematical abstractions called vertices, and the links that connect some pairs of vertices are called edges. ...-based structures using Spreading Activation (graph-based algorithms for information retrieval and recommender systems). Five keynote lectures by Lora Aroyo (VU University Amsterdam), Eric Duval (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven), Chris Welty (IBMInternational Business Machines, abbreviated IBM, is a multinational computer, technology and IT consulting corporation headquartered in Armonk, North Castle, New York, United States. The company is one of the few information technology companies with a continuous history dating back to the 19th ...), David Mallon (Bersin & Associates) and Andreas Schneider (Roche Diagnostics) completed the program and provided a good balance between scientific visions and applied practice.

The Semantic Web CompanyThe Semantic Web Company (SWC), based in Vienna, provides companies, institutions and organizations with professional services related to the Semantic Web, semantic technologies and Social Software organised live demos of PoolPartyWeb based ontology manager which can serve as a central hub for your knowledge organization. With PoolParty you can organize and maintain knowledge models based on widely accepted specifications like RDF, SPARQL and SKOS. at their booth and received very positive feedback from the booth visitors concerning the simplicity and usability of the platform. By providing communication interfaces to CMSA content management system (CMS) is a collection of procedures used to manage work flow in a collaborative environment. These procedures can be manual or computer-based. The procedures are designed to: Allow for a large number of people to contribute to and share stored data Control access to ... such as Sharepoint the Semantic Web Company has definitely chosen the right strategy to meet the needs of the business world: companies and consultants of several industries such as the automotive industry or business intelligence showed strong needs for the integration of lightweight knowledge models such as a thesaurusA thesaurus is a book that lists words grouped together according to similarity of meaning, in contrast to a dictionary, which contains definitions and pronunciations. The largest thesaurus in the world is the Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary, which contains more than ... into enterprise infrastructures. Christian Dirschl (Wolters Kluwer) and Horst Baumgarten (Roche) underlined this approach by providing practical insights in their speeches about the use of PoolParty in their companies for the creation of (publicly) available vocabularies and their use in global and multilingual intranets. See you again in GrazGraz is the second-largest city in Austria after Vienna and the capital of the federal state of Styria. It has a population of 291,890 as of 2010 (of which 258.605 have principal residence status). Graz has a long tradition as a student city: its six universities have more than 44,000 students. ... next year!

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