The International Semantic Web Conference has announced the finalists of its Semantic Web Challenge. According to the contest website, “The central idea of the Semantic Web is to extend the current human-readable web by encoding some of the semantics of resources in a machine-processable form. Moving beyond syntax opens the door to more advanced applications and functionality on the Web. Computers will be better able to search, process, integrate and present the content of these resources in a meaningful, intelligent manner. The core technological building blocks are now in place and widely available: ontology languages, flexible storage and querying facilities, reasoning engines, etc. Standards and guidelines for best practice are being formulated and disseminated by the W3C.”

The finalists of the Open Track competition were, in no particular order: (1) Open Self Medication on LOD. (2) Urbanopoly: Collection and Quality Assessment of Geo-spatial Linked Data via a Human Computation Game. (3) Wildfire Monitoring Using Satellite Images, Ontologies, and Linked Geospatial Data. (4) SPUD: Semantic Processing of Urban Data. (5) Tracking Movements and Attention of Crowds in Real Time Analysing Social Streams The case of London 2012 Open Ceremony. (6) EventMedia Live: Exploring Events Connections in Real-Time to Enhance Content. The finalists of the Billion Triples Track competition were: (1) Get the Google Feeling: Supporting Users in Finding Relevant Sources of Linked Open Data at Web-Scale. (2) Exploring the Linked Data Cloud via Contextual Tag Cloud. (3) LODPeas: Like peas in a LOD (cloud).”

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