The 2013 International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC) is coming to Sydney, Australia’s biggest city, October 21- 25 2013. “The weather should be warming up beautifully for spring,” says local chair Kerry Taylor, “and I’d like to promise you sunny days and sparkling views. The first two days, Monday and Tuesday will be held at the Sydney Masonic Centre, an architecturally-significant ‘new brutalist’ building in the southern CBD. Wednesday to Friday will be held at the Sydney Conference and Exhibition Centre, in the tourist precinct of Darling Harbour, with views over the water and the city. Summer Daylight Saving will have begun, so you can enjoy the evenings too after each day of intense scientific exchange.”
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Here are some final thoughts from our panel of semantic web experts on what to expect to see as the New Year rings in:
Broader deployment of the schema.org terms is likely. In the study by Muehlisen and Bizer in July this year, we saw Open Graph Protocol, DC, FOAF, RSS, SIOC and Creative Commons still topping the ranks of top semantic vocabularies being used. In 2013 and beyond, I expect to see schema.org jump to the top of that list.
Christine Connors, Chief Ontologist, Knowledgent:
I think we will see an uptick in the job market for semantic technologists in the enterprise; primarily in the Fortune 2000. I expect to see some M&A activity as well from systems providers and integrators who recognize the desire to have a semantic component in their product suite. (No, I have no direct knowledge; it is my hunch!)
We will see increased competition from data analytics vendors who try to add RDF, OWL or graphstores to their existing platforms. I anticipate saying, at the end of 2013, that many of these immature deployments will leave some project teams disappointed. The mature vendors will need to put resources into sales and business development, with the right partners for consulting and systems integration, to be ready to respond to calls for proposals and assistance.
The recent International Semantic Web Conference produced a number of excellent sessions, including a very popular Big Graph Data Panel, captured on video by the folks at VideoLectures. The panel was moderated by Frank van Harmelen (Department of Computer Science, Faculty of Sciences, VU University Amsterdam), with panelists Tim Berners-Lee (W3C), John Giannandrea (Google), Mike Stonebraker (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT), and Bryan Thompson (SYSTAP).
According to the description of the video, “The Semantic Web / Linked Data has grown immensely over the past years. When the Semantic Web community started working over a decade ago the main question was where to get the data from. By now the question of how to process ever increasing amount of semantic/linked data has come to people’s utmost attention. The goal of this panel is to shed light on the various approaches/options for Big Graph Data processing.” Read more
Last week, the 11th International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC 2012) took place in Boston. It was an exciting week to learn about the advances of the Semantic Web and current applications.
The first two days, Sunday November 11 and Monday November 12, consisted of 18 workshops and 8 tutorials. The following three days (Tuesday November 13 – Thursday November 15) consisted of keynotes, presentation of academic and in-use papers, the Big Graph Data Panel and industry presentations. It is basically impossible to attend all the interesting presentations. Therefore, I am going to try my best to summarize and offer links to everything that I can.
Earlier this week, we reported on the Semantic Web Challenge taking place at the 2012 ISWC Conference in Boston. The winners of the challenge have now been announced!
Taking First Place in the “Open Track” was EventMedia Live, presented by Houda Khrouf, Vuk Milicic and Raphaël Troncy. EventMedia has been a hub in the Linked Data cloud since September 2010, but EventMedia Live is a recent application leveraging the resource. The academic paper is available, as well as the web application itself. For a quick introduction, check out this fun video the team produced (after the jump).
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.” Read more
Day 5 of ISWC 2011 was the third full day and last day of the conference. It started with a keynote from Gerhard Weikum title “For a few more triples“. The rest of the day consisted of sessions on Outrageous Ideas, Social Web, In-Use: Content Management, Ontology Evaluation, Ontology Matching and Mapping, User Interaction and In Use: Applications. The highlight of the day was the Closing Ceremony, where the winners of several prizes were announced.
Day 4 of ISWC 2011 was the second full day of the conference and started out with a keynote from Frank van Harmelen, titled “10 Years of Semantic Web: does it work in theory?“ There were several sessions on RDF Querying of Multiple Sources, RDF Data Analysis, Formal Ontology & Patterns, Knowledge Representation Semantics, Web of Data, MANCHustifications and Provenance, the In Use track on Environmental data, the Semantic Web Challenge and a very exciting Deathmatch panel.
The main question addressed in the keynote was if a decade of Semantic Web work has helped to discover any Computer Science laws? Frank stated that what has been built in the past 10 years can be characterized in 3 parts:
[Editor's Note: This week, Juan Sequeda is reporting in from the International Semantic Web Conference in Bonn, Germany]
The Semantic Web Death Match: Industry vs Academica vs Standards at ISWC this week consisted of 5 panelists and Jim Hendler as the moderator. Each panelist summarized their point of view in a short phrase:
- Martin Hepp (Don’t shoot the messenger: the Fall of Constantinople)
- Michael Hausenblas (Now we have the basement, let’s go for the floors and the roof!)
- Chris Welty (Standards aren’t bad, just misunderstood)
- Ivan Herman (Did We forget about the client-side web applications’ world?)
- Ian Horrocks (Maybe the Web is the wrong application…)
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