Feedback from the ESWC12 EU Project Networking

Just a couple of days ago I received the final report from the EU Project Networking track at ESWC12. It looks like track chair Lyndon has finally managed to dig through my handwriting from the end-session reports ;) – at any rate, it was just further confirmation of my impressions from the heat of the moment.

As posted right before the event, the IKS Project had a booth set up during this session, as well as a demo on content management thanks to SRDC (see the demo paper). I managed to trade knowledge, ideas, resources and challenges with three EU projects from the session, as well as with Mirek from MakoLab. Of course it’s low-hanging fruits first, but it’s from the lower branches that you start climbing to the top.

Linked Open Data behemoth LOD2 is delivering tons of tools and methodologies for enterprise that wish (and should) take that large structured information out of the silo and into the Web of Data. “How could we put the IKS to good use”, they ask? Well, how about using your CMS as an endpoint for exposing your (originally) unstructured content as Linked Data too? The Stanbol Enhancer can help you with that, and IKS is indeed heading towards that direction. So, for starters, a Debian package with a Stanbol WAR, the Clerezza-Virtuoso adapter and Virtuoso itself can be a good start, which apparently occurred during the hacking session at the European Data Forum.

di.me is about managing personalized information, trust and privacy over digital and social environments. Apparently, they just got into design and prototypical development, but they have a promising ontology hierarchy for modelling these aspects, a child of the NEPOMUK ontologies. All the aspects treated by di.me fit very well with the least-explored phases of semantic content management, and on the other hand Stanbol has a lot of ontology management, rule execution and reasoning ready for use.

RENDER is about diversity-aware information management on the Web. They have a good deal of tools for text analytics and are soon to publish opinion mining tools. As sentiment analysis might just be the next step for the Stanbol Enhancer, I would advise to stay tuned for more Stanbol enhancement engines to appear in our “chains”…

A good deal of other interesting projects got presented. SEALS set a big question mark on top of your heads on whether you’ve ever properly benchmarked your semantic technologies. ENVISION brings ontology-based environment management as services for all to use. Disaster attempts to bridge the cultural gap in emergency management, TELEIOS will certanily it a big aid by mining Earth observation data, and so will XLike with their cross-lingual and inter-cultural knowledge extraction tools.

Credits go not only to chair Lyndon Nixon and all fellow project representatives, but also to the European Commission head of unit Márta Nagy-Rothengass, for her interest and taking our printed poster along to Brussels; and commissioner Carola Carstens, for paying heed to my critical eye on the “courage” we incite from CMS users and providers on wanting more from semantics than “just” text mining and faceted search. As I said during the session, I’ll bet an arm that a good half of you people working in research projects will need a knowledge sharing framework internally. So, next time you consider contacting Atlassian for a Confluence deployment for your project, do consider backing it up with the knowledge management powers of Stanbol and VIE.

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