Why Linked Open Data needs Trusted LOD-Clouds for a Commercial Uptake

Just recently I brought in a couple of arguments why LOD has to be more specific, traceable and most of all reliable (or trusted) before it will be used by enterprises.

Obviously this is also one of the core elements for a blueprint of a sustainable business model around Open Data.

Recently I talked about this topic together with my colleague Martin Kaltenböck from Semantic Web Company and Florian Bauer of REEEP in a webinar which was about Linked Data for the Environmental Sector. We discussed several use cases in which these principles are at least partly implemented.

Linked Data for tthe Enironmental Sector

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.

This video 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!

You can watch the video ‘Linked Data for the Environmental Sector – Use Cases and Opportunities‘ on YouTube.

Europe´s Semantic Web Hot Spot in September: I-Semantics 2010

I-Semantics 2010

I-Semantics will take place for the 6th time this year in September and it will be co-located again with I-Know in Graz/Austria. This year´s programme shows that Semantic Web and semantic technologies in general are increasingly relevant for all kind of industries:

  • Biomedicine
  • Public administration & Public transport
  • Information technology
  • Libraries
  • Media & Content Industry
  • E-commerce
  • Education etc.

450 people in 2009

I-Semantics “Industry Track” with its 3-days programme full of demos is one of the highlights of the congress. With 28 submissions this year´s Triplification Challenge tells a lot about the significance of Linked Data in areas like librarianship, public administration or GIS & environmental planning. Take a look at the 15 nominees – and if you consider to come to I-Semantics 2010 follow the link for registration.

I-Semantics, September 2010, Graz/Austria

Call for Papers

I-Semantics 2010: 6th International Conference on Semantic Systems
Graz, Austria, 1 – 3 September 2010 http://www.i-semantics.at

Call for Submission
3rd Triplification Challenge

I-SEMANTICS 2010 (www.i-semantics.at) is the 6th conference in the I-SEMANTICS series
and provides a forum for academic and industrial research & development that focuses on
semantic technologies and the Semantic Web. I-SEMANTICS 2010 will bring together both
researchers and practitioners in the areas of Linked Data, Social Software and the Semantic
Web in order to present and develop innovative ideas that help realising the “Social Semantic
Web” and the “Corporate Semantic Web”.
I-SEMANTICS 2010 will be the host of this year`s regional Pragmatic Web Conference as
well as the third edition of the TRIPLIFICATION Challenge. Further on I-SEMANTICS will
be complemented by I-KNOW (www.i-know.at), the 10th International Conference on
Knowledge Management. This setup is aiming to reflect the increasing importance and
convergence of knowledge management and semantic systems.

Important Dates
• Paper Submission Deadline: 8 March 2010
• Notification of Acceptance: to be announced
• Camera-Ready Paper: to be announced
• I-SEMANTICS 2010: 1–3 September 2010

My first experiences with Twine

Today finally I logged in to Twine the first time. I was reading yesterday about some shortcomings of the system, so I was keen on trying out the system by myself to get my own impression.

It´s true that the system isn´t as easy to understand as del.icio.us or other bookmarking tools. It takes a while until you get used to all those additional ways you can navigate through the system. Remember: “Twine looks at content and parses it automatically for the names of people, places, organizations and other subject tags. Users are then able to navigate between related content, view recommended content and connect with recommended people with related interests.” – But the “shortcoming” mentioned by Marshall Kirkpatrick that “… it’s hard to keep track of all the levels and types of information available” I can´t agree with: This has only to do with a general problem, which arises whenever semantic technologies should enhance the user experience. Either you stay with “simple” user-interfaces like Google or del.icio.us or you spend 5 minutes or so to learn a new piece of software which will help you to save time in the future and which helps you to find related information automatically.
On the other hand I was very surprised, that the automatic recommendations Twine makes on how to annotate or describe a new resource is really unsatisfying. Users will only spend time to tag their bookmarks if the machine comes up with some intelligent suggestions. And it´s true, as Marshall says, “most of the web is made up of ugly, non-standard pages.”

So hopefully Twine will add that feature before it will open up to the public (isn´t there a plan to integrate OpenCalais or something similar?), otherwise there will be no “first mainstream semantic web application” but only another prototype of a yet another semweb-app.

Become a Web Expert!

The Semantic Web has evolved constantly over the last few years. Nevertheless, in many cases I have experienced a huge demand for profound knowledge in this area. Many potential end-users of semantic web technologies have quite a few ideas of how to apply semantic web, but still many software-projects will never happen, because of the lack of knowledge, because of the fear of getting trapped by too complex technologies. Obviously it´s not the technology anymore but the awareness and personal knowledge about the semantic web, which is the actual bottleneck for the semantic web getting real.

The Semantic Web Company (SWC) is offering in 12 daily seminars a training-course for persons who want to become a Web expert. Participants  get step by step advanced in methods and technologies for semantic projects. Each seminar is a stand-alone-module and can also be booked singularly.

From 27th of Mai to 4th of July 2008 the SWC curriculum will take place. A special focus will be on applications and solutions of semantic technologies to support social processes.
The curriculum will provide profound insights into the topics Semantic Web and Social Software. Therefore the seminars are grouped into three comprehensive modules:

* “Next Step”: Social Web & Social Software
27. – 30. May 2008
* “Advanced Level”: Textmining & Enterprise Search
10. – 13. June 2008
* “Expert View”: Semantic Web & Metadata Management
01. – 4. July 2008

The modules will take place at the Austrian Computer Society in Vienna. The main language in the courses is German. English courses can be provided on demand.