A new article reports that the Hasso Plattner Institute will be launching a free online course on Semantic Web Technologies which should begin on May 26, 2014. According to the article, “Anyone wishing to keep up with the current university knowledge on information technology will again have the opportunity in the coming year with the five free online courses to be offered by Hasso Plattner Institute (HPI). The new courses listed in the just released openHPI overview for 2014 are: Concepts in Parallel Computing, Networking via the Internet Protocol TCP/IP, Semantic Web Technologies, In-Memory Data Management and Introduction to Internet Security. Read more
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Last week saw Denny Vrandecic leave Wikidata as director of the project that as of last week passed a milestone of 20 million statements and as of this Monday saw the creation of its fifteen-millionth item, about a Wikipedia category related to beetles. This week also sees Lydia Pintscher, community communications for technical projects including Wikidata, take on the responsibility of product manager for Wikidata.
In a farewell blog post, entitled Data For the People, Vrandecic provided his thoughts about how far Wikidata has come, as well as the possibilities and challenges that lie ahead.
The Semantic Web Blog caught up with Vrandecic, who spoke at the recent SemTech in San Francisco in June, for a little more perspective on the future – Wikidata’s and his own. When it comes to what he’d note as is accomplishments, Vrandecic said that he usually would name the size of the project, citing Wikidata’s community of 3,900 active editors, of whom a third have not been contributors to Wikimedia projects before. “This is, after Wikipedia and Commons, the third-largest Wikimedia project.
MOOCs (massive open online courses) are gaining greater ground. Earlier this year we looked at some semantics-related MOOCs of study from outfits like Coursera, edX and Udacity. Since then, news has gone around about some other MOOC opportunities (albeit not necessarily with semantic course offerings), such as MOOC2Degree, Canvas Network, CourseSites, Udemy and Thinkful. The Hasso Plattner Institute also is involved with its openHPI courses, including coverage of semantic web technologies.
Now, word comes that Iversity, which offers its own MOOC platform, and the Foundation for German Science are sponsoring a competition to produce ten MOOCs, five courses for the winter term 2013/14 and five courses for the summer semester 2014. Winners will get 25,000 Euro grants each towards production. The MOOC Production Fellowship selection process is being managed by Iversity, as is the subsequent course production.
About 250 concepts for online courses have been submitted so far, and Internet users have up until May 23 to cast their votes for the ones they view as particularly interesting and groundbreaking. A list of submissions is here.
The categories range from linguistics and cultural studies to interdisciplinary work to natural and computer sciences. The entries include courses focused on semantic, social analytics and related technologies:
The Hasso Plattner Institute is offering a free course in English introducing the Semantic Web. The article states, “The conventional Internet search reaches the limits of its power when the computer is expected to correctly interpret the meaning of information and not simply a character string. How the information expressed in natural language is extended in the so-called Semantic Web to enable a machine-readable interpretation of its meaning (semantics) is shown in the new open online course starting February 4th at http://www.openhpi.de. Registration for this free Hasso Plattner Institute (HPI) course is now open. This third course in the new Internet educational platform, launched in September 2012, lasts six weeks and is being held in English. Those who successfully complete the course will receive a certificate from the HPI.” Read more
Hasso-Plattner-Institute and fluid Ops Join Forces To Explore Intersection Between Semantics And The Cloud
Govwild, an open government project to use fluid Operations’ Information Workbench semantic technology to combine various data sources and discover relationships that exist between politicians in Germany and entities such as companies, was the first effort pairing up the vendor with the Hasso-Plattner Institute (HPI), University Center of Excellence in IT Systems Engineering. More projects – including those that will be focused on the relationship between semantic technologies and the cloud – are on the way. The two outfits recently joined up in a partnership to explore aspects of supporting complete semantic databases in the cloud and enabling scalable semantic data management in the cloud.
HPI, of course, was founded by Hasso Plattner, co-founder of enterprise application vendor SAP and chairman of its supervisory board, as a practice-oriented program for IT engineers and academic research center. The team that included Prof. Felix Naumann, head of the HPI’s Department of Information Systems and composed of two research assistants and three master students, took home a Billion Triples Challenge prize late last year.