The Summer School on Ontology Engineering and the Semantic Web (SSSW) has been taking place in July near Madrid since 2003, with the goal to equip the new generation of researchers and practitioners in ontology engineering, knowledge management and the Semantic Web with the necessary understanding and experience of the research and of the technologies in these areas.
Of course, things have evolved since the early days of the summer school, when many of the tools and systems were, at best, not very mature. Students now have access to a large variety of robust tools to process, manage and explore semantic data and ontologies. Amongst these tools are the set of services developed within the IKS project. Indeed, since last year, students are given the opportunity to learn how to use Stanbol as part of hands-on sessions, to process and enrich textual content, refactor data according to given ontologies, and generally, create a ‘semantic layer’ on top of existing web content (see the material from last year’s summer school).
For SSSW 2012, Stanbol and other outputs of IKS will be even more integrated into the programme of the summer school, with these services being experienced jointly with technologies around linked data management and querying, as well as with the analysis of social and sensor streams, leaving SSSW students with a valuable experience of what constitutes some of the most useful tools of today’s Semantic Web researchers.