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April 02 2014
Taxonomy Strategies has been working with the American Physical Society (APS) to develop a new facetted classification scheme. The proposed scheme includes several discrete sets of categories called facets whose values can be combined to express concepts such as existing Physics and Astronomy Classification Scheme (PACS) codes, as well as new concepts that have not yet emerged, or have been difficult to express with the existing PACS.
PACS codes formed a single-hierarchy classification scheme, designed to assign the “one best” category that an item will be classified under. Classification schemes come from the need to physically locate objects in one dimension, for example in a library where a book will be shelved in one and only one location, among an ordered set of other books. Traditional journal tables of contents similarly place each article in a given issue in a specific location among an ordered set of other articles, certainly a necessary constraint with paper journals and still useful online as a comfortable and familiar context for readers.
However, the real world of concepts is multi-dimensional. In collapsing to one dimension, a classification scheme makes essentially arbitrary choices that have the effect of placing some related items close together while leaving other related items in very distant bins. It also has the effect of repeating the terms associated with the last dimension in many different contexts, leading to an appearance of significant redundancy and complexity in locating terms.
A faceted taxonomy attempts to identify each stand-alone concept through the term or terms commonly associated with it, and have it mean the same thing whenever used. Hierarchy in a taxonomy is useful to group related terms together; however the intention is not to attempt to identify an item such as an article or book by a single concept, but rather to assign multiple concepts to represent the meaning. In that way, related items can be closely associated along multiple dimensions corresponding to each assigned concept. Where previously a single PACS code was used to indicate the research area, now two, three, or more of the new concepts may be needed (although often a single new concept will be sufficient). This requires a different mindset and approach in applying the new taxonomy to the way APS has been accustomed to working with PACS; however it also enables significant new capabilities for publishing and working with all types of content including articles, papers and websites.
To build and maintain the faceted taxonomy, APS has acquired the PoolParty taxonomy management tool. PoolParty will enable APS editorial staff to create, retrieve, update and delete taxonomy term records. The Tool will support the various thesaurus, knowledge organization system and ontology standards for concepts, relationships, alternate terms etc. It will also provide methods for:
- Associating taxonomy terms with content items, and storing that association in a content index record.
- Automated indexing to suggest taxonomy terms that should be associated with content items, and text mining to suggest terms to potentially be added to the taxonomy.
- Integrating taxonomy term look-up, browse and navigation in a selection user interface that, for example, authors and the general public could use.
- Implementing a feedback user interface allowing authors and the general public to suggest terms, record the source of the suggestion, and inform the user on the disposition of their suggestion.
Taxonomy Strategies (www.taxonomystrategies.com) is an information management consultancy that specializes in applying taxonomies, metadata, automatic classification, and other information retrieval technologies to the needs of business and other organizations.
March 31 2014
The Simple Knowledge Organization System (SKOS) has become one of the ‘sweet spots’ in the linked data ecosystem in recent years. Especially when semantic web technologies are being adapted for the requirements of enterprises or public administration, SKOS has played a most central role to create knowledge graphs.
In this webinar, key people from the Semantic Web Company will describe why controlled vocabularies based on SKOS play a central role in a linked data strategy, and how SKOS can be enriched by ontologies and linked data to further improve semantic information management.
SKOS unfolds its potential at the intersection of three disciplines and their methods:
- library sciences: taxonomy and thesaurus management
- information sciences: knowledge engineering and ontology management
- computational linguistics: text mining and entity extraction
Linked Data based IT-architectures cover all three aspects and provide means for agile data, information, and knowledge management.
In this webinar, you will learn about the following questions and topics:
- How SKOS builds the foundation of enterprise knowledge graphs to be enriched by additional vocabularies and ontologies?
- How can knowledge graphs be used build the backbone of metadata services in organisations?
- How text mining can be used to create high-quality taxonomies and thesauri?
- How can knowledge graphs be used for enterprise information integration?
Based on PoolParty Semantic Suite, you will see several live demos of end-user applications based on linked data and of PoolParty’s latest release which provides outstanding facilities for professional linked data management, including taxonomy, thesaurus and ontology management.
Register here: https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/404918583
March 26 2014
Maybe I was wrong about wearables because I needed to go beyond my comfort zone to see what’s around the bend. I too easily settled for limits. Seymour is the project name for one of the ideas that took shape during the Innovation Tournament and while it’s a technical challenge, it may not be entirely without merit and here’s why.
Business Intake made Easy
I once attended an Intellectual Property audit for a niche software company to support their Intellectual Asset Management. We had an extensive paper questionnaire and preparation meeting to ensure our visit would be fruitful. The goal was to get as much of the questions answered without making the client feel like it’s an inquisition. When we arrived, it was a bit chaotic and nobody managed to get all the answers. We left with boxes of documents to help us finalize the form.
Modern day logic would dictate we would need some kind of database for the intake. Even better if it was a mobile app with just a checklist and we could divide the load across the team during our visit. It would help if we already had information pre-populated and we just needed to fill in the blanks. Looks good on ‘paper,’ right?
Well I believe in the last decade, our process thinking has resulted in convoluted systems. We used the wishful add-on: “it should be easy to use and intuitive” like a sprinkle of angel dust to make the core product usable. Assuming the core product, the database, is what it is all about. No, it isn’t because nobody can use an empty database or worse – outdated data. So the time of laborious data entries should be in our past.
Seymour, See, Save, Share
I suspect wearables will play a major role in this space. Wearables will be the fastest way to grow any database simply because data entry will be more convenient. Forbes reported this as the first useful Glassware and seeing their video, you might agree:
“Sullivan Solar Power …developed a Google Glass app that gives its field technicians “volumes” of electrical system data in a hands’ free, or close to it, manner—which I would imagine to be a welcome delivery mode for someone wrestling with heavy equipment on a rooftop.”
Being fed real-time contextual information in situations where it’s slightly awkward to break out the laptop and do desktop legal research seems extremely powerful. Only consuming information might not make it ‘killer’ for me but if you can combine it with creation it will be close. A quote from this Glass wearing president and creative director:
“…The thing I use it for the most is taking notes. I tap it and say, “Take a note,” and then a microphone shows up and it will accurately dictate everything I say for about 30 seconds. And then when I stop talking it sends it to Evernote. At the same time, if someone else is using Evernote, they can send the note to me and it will appear in my screen.”
This maybe farfetched, but the possibilities of having a checklist as Glassware and just ‘nodding’ off the list would be quite cool. Better yet, just tapping your wrist will be even cooler:
Tick off checklists for groceries with the Pebble, which syncs to Evernote, for a hands-free shopping experience. Evernote Reminders are supported, so you’ll always have your notifications and to-dos close to you.
If we just infuse the right legal context into these workflows, we can even make legal research fun again. Shopping for groceries is not that different from shopping for Intellectual Property, it can only be made more pleasant by the tools we use.
Going off the grid
There was one little caveat with wearables, actually any internet connected device: its needs an internet connection. Well maybe not. Let me introduce you to “Wireless Mesh Networking.” This enables device to device communication in a free-form, non-internet dependent way. And that’s almost perfect for having wearables talk to our phone – or each other. It’s one of the best kept secrets in the latest iOS 7 and what Google is betting on to extent wearables and even home automation.
Last year I just had a name and a notion. Now it’s slowly making sense and Seymour is my reminder to keep going beyond the bend.
March 24 2014
In April 2011, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published a five-year strategic plan, entitled “Strategic Priorities 2011 – 2015.” In that plan, the FDA set forth five modernization priorities for the agency. The plan also committed to using these priorities to improve agency infrastructure, modernize the regulatory processes, strengthen its workforce, and, ultimately, do a better job promoting and protecting the health of Americans. The five modernization priorities are:
- Advance Regulatory Science and Innovation
- Strengthen the Safety and Integrity of the Global Supply Chain
- Strengthen Compliance and Enforcement Activities to Support Public Health
- Expand Efforts to Meet the Needs of Special Populations
- Advance Medical Countermeasures and Emergency Preparedness
Since 2011, the FDA budget requests have focused on these five strategic priorities. The President’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 Budget Request also tries to build FDA capacity in these five areas.
The FY 2015 FDA Budget Request (Justification of Estimates for Appropriations Committees) totals $4.74 billion, which is $358 million above the FY 2014 enacted level and is comprised of $2.58 billion in budget authority and $2.16 billion in user fees. The $358 million increase consists of $23 million in budget authority and $335 million in user fees. The user fee funding growth flows from new programs and increased user fee collection authority for FDA’s existing programs.
The increased spending in the FY 2015 Budget Request focuses on (1) medical product safety, (2) strengthening oversight of the pharmacy compounding industry, (3) supporting food safety, and (4) implementation of the Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA) (P.L. 111-353). Here is the breakdown:
- Medical product safety. The budget provides a program level of $2.6 billion for medical product safety, which is $61 million above the FY 2014 enacted level, to continue core medical product safety activities across FDA programs.
- Pharmacy compounding. Out of the $61 million in medical product safety spending, FDA will invest $25 million in budget authority to enhance pharmacy compounding oversight activities. This request also includes $4.6 million for proposed International Courier user fees.
- Food safety. The budget provides a program level of $1.48 billion for food safety, which is $263 million above the FY 2014 enacted level. This request also includes $255 million in proposed new user fees.
- FSMA implementation. Within the $1.48 billion proposed for food safety, FDA will invest $24 million to further implement the FSMA.
The spending for further FSMA implementation includes: (1) finalizing mandated rulemakings on preventive controls for human and animal food, produce safety, and foreign supplier verification; (2) developing technical support for ongoing FSMA guidance development; (3) increased training and certification of federal, state, local, tribal, territorial, and international partners conducting food safety inspections; (4) supporting state capacity building, FDA-state joint work planning and data sharing, and collaborative agreements, such as the Manufactured Food Regulatory Program Standards; (5) increased data gathering and analytical capacity to support risk-based priority setting and resource allocation; and (6) phasing out animal production uses of medically important antimicrobial drugs and bringing the remaining legitimate animal health uses under veterinary supervision.
New User Fees
The FY 2015 Budget Request proposes new user fees for food imports, food facility registration and inspection, food contact substance notification, cosmetics, and international couriers.
- Food safety. To support implementation of FSMA, FDA is proposing $169 million in new user fees for Food Import and $60 million for Food Facility Registration and Inspection. These fees will be used to improve FDA’s import process and modernize FDA’s food facility inspection system.
- Food contact substance notification. FDA is proposing a new user fee of $5.1 million to ensure that the Food Contact Substance Notification (FCN) program operates more predictably by providing a stable, long-term source of funding to supplement budget authority appropriations. Section 409(h)(5) of the Food Drug & Cosmetic Act (FDC Act) (21 U.S.C. sec. 348(h)(5)) specifies that the FCN program can operate only if adequately funded. The proposed user fee will provide greater predictability of program funding and operations.
- Cosmetics. FDA is proposing a new user fee of $19.5 million to support FDA cosmetic safety responsibilities. The FDC Act does not currently authorize FDA to collect user fees to support its Cosmetics Program. The proposed user fees will improve FDA’s capacity to promote greater safety and understanding of cosmetic products.
- International courier. FDA is proposing a new International Courier user fee to support activities associated with increased surveillance of FDA-regulated commodities at express courier hubs. Approximately 20 percent, or $1.2 million of this $4.6 million proposed fee will support imported food safety. The user fee will help FDA keep pace with growing volume of imports that enter through international couriers and the increased cost of import operations.
Current User Fees
Included in the funding request for medical product and food safety, FDA is requesting a $75.4 million increase for current user fees. The current user fees support the review and surveillance of human and animal drugs, medical and mammography devices, food and feed, color additives, export certification, and tobacco products.
The FY 2015 Budget Request asks for $24.5 million to continue medical countermeasures (MCMs) across FDA programs. MCMs, such as drugs, vaccines, and diagnostic tests, are used to protect the United States from chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and emerging infectious disease threats. The FDA plays a critical role in ensuring that these MCMs are safe, effective, and secure. This 2015 request is $48,000 below the FY 2014 enacted level due to decreased rent costs.
Infrastructure, Rent, and White Oak Consolidation
Included in the funding request for medical product and food safety, and medical countermeasures, FDA is requesting an increase of $5.8 million for infrastructure. The FDA is also requesting a $20.6 million increase for Government Services Administration rental payments and other rent and rent-related costs, such as guard services and security systems. Finally, the proposed budget calls for $47.1 million ($14.8 million below the FY 2014 enacted level) for the ongoing and expanded operational and logistical functions for 9,000 employees on the White Oak Campus.
March 21 2014
In this blog, many posts discuss how new technologies can be exploited in order to implement new systems and services to our customers. Maybe we have gone too far in looking ahead, however researchers and scholars in various fields are focusing to ensure that the human-machine interaction may take place through increasingly intelligent systems. After the Industrial one we are now in the middle of new Revolution.
Systems Intelligence is a multidisciplinary matter
For many years, researchers from human factors, engineering, computer science, psychology, work sciences, design, and architecture – as a multidisciplinary challenge – are discussing ideas and theories, and implementing prototypes of interactive systems that more and more act and take decisions like humans do.
Systems can be smart or intelligent
The term intelligent immediately reminds us of the Artificial Intelligence concept, denoting computer systems that use inference methods and knowledge representation to arrive to conclusions. Intelligent systems solve problems in the same way human brains do, mainly using principles from probability theory and formal logic.
Systems instead are defined smart if they are able to perform as wanted and if they know what we intend. They have to adhere to the Principle of Least Astonishment: “the program should always respond to the user in the way that astonishes him least.” One service that operates this way to me is Google Now, when, without having requested and having configured anything, it prompts on my phone news about public transportation situation in my route back home, at around the time I usually leave the office. This makes me say “wow!” In other words smart systems are those with a flavor of magic.
Systems can make wise by Connected Intelligence
Speaking of wisdom is still hard when related to information systems. Anyway the term wisdom of crowds can be associated to the usage of information services like the social platform: information constructed by diverse opinions, independent and decentralized members, and proper methods of aggregation, do better than the information constructed by any single individual.
The social platform can be considered a sort of collective mind or connected intelligence and even a source for human wisdom. It is not the system itself that is intelligent or wise, but the proper processing and linking of information provided by the members of a social group together with its selection, transformation, aggregation, and presentation.
Being social and taking advantage of social
The social web, as a set of tools and technologies that link people over the internet while posting news, pictures, videos, thoughts and comments, has also profoundly changed the way in which organizations, both public and private, engage with their stakeholders. Just look at how organizations are increasingly developing sophisticated social web strategies to capitalize on their ability to directly engage with a wider public.
On the other hand, the social web is a rich source of information from which companies can also understand the feelings and attitude of people towards their brand and products through the semantic analysis of big data, that is out of the social connected intelligence.
I think we still have to exploit all the available tools and information, to provide our customers with new services that make them really amazed.
Yes, we are in the middle of a revolution, or maybe even still at the beginning. Do you agree?
March 20 2014
March 18 2014
We are pleased to announce the CKAN “Association”. The Association will manage and oversee the CKAN project going forward, supporting the growth of CKAN, its community and stakeholders. The Association reflects more than a year of discussion and consultation with key stakeholders and the wider community.
Key aspects of the Association are:
- A Steering Group and Advisory Group which oversee the project and represent stakeholders.
- Specific teams to look after particular areas such as a “Technical Team” to oversee technical development and a “Content and Outreach team” to oversee materials (including project website) and drive community engagement
- Membership to allow stakeholders to contribute to the longer-term sustainability of the project – more below
The Association has its formal institutional home at the Open Knowledge Foundation but is autonomous and has its own independent governance, in the form the Steering Group which is drawn from major CKAN stakeholders. The Open Knowledge Foundation, who are the original creators of CKAN, continue to contribute to CKAN at all levels but the Association allows others – from government users to suppliers of CKAN services – to have a formal role in the development of CKAN project going forward.
The CKAN Association will have members. Membership is a way for individuals, companies and organisations to support the CKAN Project and be recognised for doing so. By becoming a member you are helping to ensure the long-term sustainability of CKAN.
Member organizations are expected to contribute resources – either through contributing money or providing in-kind resources such as staff time. Members receive recognition for their contribution through display on the website, participation in events etc.
You can find more information about membership here »
Frequently Asked Questions
Why Create the Association?
Over the last few years CKAN has seen rapid growth in terms of technology, deployments, and the community. It is now the basis of dozens of major sites around the world, including national data portals in the UK, US, Canada, Brazil, Australia, Germany, Austria and Norway. There also has been substantial growth in the developer and vendor community deploying, customising and working with CKAN.
We believe that, as with many open-source projects when they achieve a certain size, the time has come to bring some more structure to the community of CKAN developers and users. By doing so we aim to provide a solid foundation for the future growth of the project, and to empower more explicitly its growing array of stakeholders.
Will the CKAN Association be a Separate Legal Entity?
No, at least not initially. The association will retains its legal home at the Open Knowledge Foundation operating as a self-governed and autonomous project. If a strong need for a separate legal entity arises this is something that the Steering Committee will consider in due course.
How will the CKAN Association relate to the Open Knowledge Foundation’s technical consulting around CKAN?
These 2 activities will be strictly separated. The CKAN Services team at the Open Knowledge Foundation will no doubt participate in the CKAN Association as stakeholders similar to other organizations and groups but will have no special rights or privileges.
What “Assets” will the Association have responsibility for?
The Association will have responsibility for items such as:
- The primary CKAN codebase
- The CKAN project roadmap including overseeing and steering technical development of CKAN
- Oversee and drive user and community engagement
- The ckan.org website and any related media assets
- Managing any project finances and resources (e.g. from membership fees)
Will the CKAN Association have dedicated staff?
We imagine that the CKAN Association may appoint dedicated staff on an as needed basis and where there are resources to do so (also note that Members may contribute in kind resources in the form of staff time). However, at least initially, the CKAN Association will not have dedicated staff but will have in-kind support time provided by the Open Knowledge Foundation and other key stakeholders.
March 17 2014
Maybe you read in your childhood the famous French Asterix comic book series. I especially like Edifis (or as he is called in other languages Numérobis), an Egyptian architect in the “Asterix and Cleopatra” volume. He is the best architect Egypt can provide, but his buildings are really horrible. They seem to collapse every minute and obviously there is no proper basis or even a sufficient plan used during construction. Sometimes I think that many people in our industry still work like Numérobis.
Numérobis’ buildings use a bottom up approach. Based on what is available, construction starts and subsequently one layer of bricks is put on top of the other. Although isolated parts somehow look nice, the overall result in the end is a disaster. So how should we build a temple instead?
I strongly believe that when we think about something new, we should not start with a temple as a building, but as an idea – as something that serves a specific purpose. When we know that purpose, then we can start thinking about how best to achieve this purpose. Which might – or might not – lead to building a temple.
Another important aspect is that we need to accept basic conditions and work on these accordingly. Stable ones like gravity, fluent ones like fashion trends and completely new ones like the usage of marble instead of sand stone (and the consequences that come with it!).
Our main challenge when using “marble stone” from now on for our information products is to accept that the business we are active in is currently in a phase of disruption and the ways we used to build our temples simply do not work anymore.
Consequences are manifold, starting with completely new ways of information access, toward needing a different information strategy and architecture in the background, up to serving new business models in a new application setting. But the “glue” to be able to bring all these aspects together is making collaboration proactively a cornerstone of all our efforts. With that I mean collaboration across departments, business units, countries, divisions and even industries. This could even lead to “sacrifice” existing assets within the company, when others are better on that topic and are willing to cooperate. There should be no boundaries in our thinking when looking for the most promising options. I will be looking for new collaboration opportunities this Wednesday in Athens at the European Data Forum.
Numérobis finally succeeded in creating (even within the given timeframe) an impressive building – but only with the help of his friends from the other side of world!
March 14 2014
Since posting about innovation tournaments last year, I’ve had the privilege of leading and participating in several tournaments. In fact, here at Wolters Kluwer we are holding monthly innovation tournaments in multiple locations around the world organized around a common monthly theme as part of our GPO (Wolters Kluwer’s Global Platform Organization) Presents webinar series. January’s theme was the topic of innovation itself. February’s theme was wearable computing devices and emerging technologies. March’s theme will be UX (User Experience). So far we are holding monthly tournaments in our offices in New York, Alphen aan den Rijn (Netherlands) and Chicago. After March, more tournaments will be held corresponding to monthly themes as diverse as search, analytics, and hybrid content-software tools. And here is why I remain passionate about innovation tournaments as a tool to stimulate innovation.
Individuals from multiple business units of Wolters Kluwer congregate in a single room to share expertise – health, tax & accounting, legal and regulatory – many people who otherwise do not regularly interact discover that the need to integrate content in a contextually relevant way runs across all market segments.
The tournament participants are multidisciplinary. In a single room for a tournament, you will find product managers, software architects, project managers, business analysts and many other roles interacting to unlock value for Wolters Kluwer’s professional customers.
We use an innovation platform to store ideas. Each participant is invited to create a description of his or her idea accompanied by any supporting presentations and photographs. A local moderator follows up with participants to clear up ambiguities. A global moderator follows up by selecting the winners of the three monthly local tournaments and creating a separate innovation campaign for a vote. The ultimate winner moves to the proof-of-concept stage.
I’m passionate about leading and participating in this process because it exposes value insights and thinking from diverse skill sets and knowledge sets from across all of Wolters Kluwer. The tournaments generate energy; they are fun; and, most important, they are immensely valuable to unlocking innovation at Wolters Kluwer.
I look forward to posting more at the end of 2014.
Do you have any experiences with innovation tournaments to share?
- NLP Data Cleansing Based on Linguistic Ontology Constraints (Dimitris Kontokostas, Martin Brummer, Sebastian Hellmann, Jens Lehmann and Lazaros Ioannidis)
- Unsupervised Link Discovery Through Knowledge Base Repair (Axel-Cyrille Ngonga Ngomo, Mohamed Sherif and Klaus Lyko)
- conTEXT – Lightweight Text Analytics using Linked Data (Ali Khalili, Sören Auer and Axel-Cyrille Ngonga Ngomo)
- HiBISCuS: Hypergraph-Based Source Selection for SPARQL Endpoint Federation (Muhammad Saleem and Axel-Cyrille Ngonga Ngomo)
- Hybrid Acquisition of Temporal Scopes for RDF Data (Anisa Rula, Matteo Palmonari, Axel-Cyrille Ngonga Ngomo, Daniel Gerber, Jens Lehmann and Lorenz Bühmann)
March 13 2014
As detailed previously we have a public process for managing the roadmap for CKAN.
This was being managed in Trello but is moving to a Github issue tracker.
We have also updated the Roadmap page to give more information about the Roadmap and how it works:
The Roadmap provides stakeholders in CKAN, including users, developers and vendors, with the ability to shape and understand the future technical path for CKAN. Specifically, the Roadmap provides for:
- Suggesting new ideas and features for CKAN
- Prioritizing these into a schedule for future work especially on “core” CKAN
We emphasize that ideas don’t just have to be about improvements to the core CKAN software – for example, the idea of creating a new phone app client for CKAN would be perfect thing to submit.
Lastly, we should emphasize that, of course, just because an item is in the ideas tracker does not mean it will get worked on. If you want a certain feature implemented then the best way to ensure that happens is to sponsor its development – get in touch for more information
Check out the Roadmap
New ideas and current roadmap itself are managed via an issue tracker on github.
The 2nd Startup Crawl is taking place next Friday, on the 21st of March, in Ljubljana. Zemanta proudly participates in it and is thus opening three time slots, each for up to 30 pre-registered attendees. We strongly encourage you to do so ASAP — over here!
So… what’s a Startup Crawl?
- same as a pub crawl, except you don’t have to pay for the booze,
- you finally get to meet all those folks you wanted to and see if they really have a ping-pong table (and show ‘em who’s the boss!),
- ask them awkward questions, receive discounts & freebies (and eat all their cookies),
- spend a day out of office
getting lostnavigating through the sunny streets of Ljubljana (take your date!),
- a really, really good opportunity to talk about ideas, problems along the way and gaining contacts for the future. It’s an ideal ice-breaker!
I remember a couple of months ago, when the first Startup Crawl took place, it was a sunny autumn day in Ljubljana, most of my coworkers left the office earlier, leaving me all alone with loads of work behind my desk. And it was a Friday! What should one do?
Well, it wasn’t such a hard decision after all, to be honest. The work wasn’t imminent and I always wondered what that office called D-Labs upstairs was all about. 20 seconds later I was welcomed by drink (!) and although the office was pretty much empty (most of them were also crawling around the city), I got to learn what were their latest projects, where’s their hidden stash of cookies (the secretary’s got them locked!) and what’s their WiFi password (•••••••••). All were equally interesting facts!
Next up Flaviar and DietPoint in Trnovo! Or should I say an afternoon aperitivo and free pizza? Lumu was third on my list, since their place was really close (it’s Ljubljana after all) and I heard they were supposedly notoriously good for their ping-pong skills, which I have successfully proven as a false rumor. But they are really nice guys, give them your tobacco and they’ll open their (business-oriented-)hearts.
Work is always much easier if you stir up your daily routine and go out for a crawl, talk with strangers and just relax a bit. When I finally got home that workload from earlier was done before I could pour myself another drink and I’m sure this next Friday is going to be the same. So you really should register now, mark you calendar as AVAILABLE that afternoon and see what’s actually going on around in Ljubljana. You won’t regret it, after all — we are already stacking up our supplies (interpret at will).
Again, slots are only available for those who register, so don’t hesitate to do so until it’s too late! Zemanta opened up three different time slots (app. from 14:00-20:00) for those who do-not-want / partially-want / yes-do-want escape from work early! Below is our registration form and the list of all open doors you can enter next Friday. Be there or be square!
AKSW Colloquium “Current semantic web initiatives in the Netherlands” on Friday, March 14, Room P901
Current semantic web initiatives in the Netherlands: Heritage & Location, PiLOD 2.0
On Friday, March 14, at 10.00 a.m. in room P901, visiting researchers Tine van Nierop and Rein van ‘t Veer from the E&L will discuss, amongst several other semantic web initiatives in the Netherlands, two different projects: Heritage & Location (www.erfgoedenlocatie.nl) and PiLOD 2.0 (www.pilod.nl). Heritage & Location assembles linked geospatial data from all possible heritage institutions and discloses it in geotemporal semantic applications. PiLOD (Platform implementation Linked Open Data) is a sector-independent initiative for any institution or individual wanting to explore the possibilities of the semantic web.
About the AKSW Colloquium
This event is part of a series of events about Semantic Web technology. Please see http://wiki.aksw.org/Colloquium for further information about previous and future events. As always, Bachelor and Master students are able to get points for attendance and there is complimentary coffee and cake after the session.
March 11 2014
We want to collect ideas about how to improve how the CKAN Community works — whether that’s a change to the CKAN.org website, creating a new help forum or making it easier to locate relevant documentation.
A key first step is to identify and prioritize the needs of the Community.
That’s where we want your help! We’ve created a shared editable document where people can contribute their thoughts and idea on what is needed and how to provide it:
Please jump in and add your suggestions and thoughts on what you most want (and how that could be provided).
Note: we are not looking for suggestions on how to improve the CKAN the software (if you have ideas there please see the Roadmap page)
Towards a Computer Algebra Semantic Social Network
On Monday, March 17th, 2014 at 1.30 – 4:00 p.m. in Room P702 (Paulinum), Prof. Dr. Hans-Gert Gräbe will present and discuss a bootstrap process for a Semantic Social Network within a special scientific community based on enhancements of xodx
For the moment we operate a SPARQL endpoint and extract valuable information to the WordPress based website of the German CA-Fachgruppe.
- the CASN xodx instance
- data enhanced OntoWiki running the CASN xodx instance
- more about that in the SD Wiki
About the AKSW Colloquium
This event is part of a series of events about Semantic Web technology. Please see http://wiki.aksw.org/Colloquium for further information about previous and future events. As always, Bachelor and Master students are able to get points for attendance and there is complimentary coffee and cake after the session.
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