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The European Data Forum (EDF) is a meeting place for industry, research, policymakers and community initiatives to discuss the challenges of Big Data and the emerging Data Economy and to develop suitable action plans for addressing these challenges. Of special focus within the EDF are Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs), since they are driving innovation and competition in many data-driven economic sectors. The range of topics discussed at the European Data Forum ranges from novel data-driven business models (e.g. data clearing houses), over technology innovations (e.g.
The Open Data Challenge was Europe's biggest open data competition to date. There were 20,000 euros in prizes to win, and a total of 430 entries from 24 EU Member States. It was open for 60 days - from early April to early June 2011.
The winners were selected by an all star cast of open data gurus, and announced by Vice President of the European Commission Neelie Kroes at the Digital Agenda Assembly in Brussels.
The web is increasingly developing into a platform for data exchange, as shown by the rise of web APIs, HTML's Microdata, Schema.org by Google, Microsoft and Yahoo!, Facebook's Open Graph Protocol, the Linked Open Data Cloud, etc. - all these sources of web data have one thing in common: they can be converted to the RDF data model with off-the-shelf tools, or already use RDF.
The Web is continuing to develop from a medium for publishing textual documents into a medium for sharing structured data. In 2011, the Web of Linked Data grew to a size of about 32 billion RDF triples, with contributions coming increasingly from companies, governments and other public sector bodies such as libraries, statistical bodies or environmental agencies. In parallel, Google, Yahoo and Bing have established the schema.org initiative, a shared set of schemata for publishing structured data on the Web that focuses on vocabulary agreement and low barriers of entry for data publishers.
Following the success of SPIM2010, we are pleased to announce this year’s 2nd Workshop on Semantic Personalized Information Management: Retrieval and Recommendation in conjunction with ISWC2011. The workshop aims at improving the exchange of ideas between the different communities involved in the research on semantic personalized information management. The workshop focuses especially on researchers that are working on the Semantic Social Web, machine learning, user modelling, recommender systems, information retrieval, semantic interaction, or their combination.
Open Government Data Camp is the world’s biggest open data event. It brings together civil servants, developers, NGOs and others for two days of talks, workshops and project sprints. The camp has 4 key objectives:
- Build consensus – around core open data principles and values
- Build community – expand and strengthen international open data community
- Share ideas – on the future of open data and how we can do things better
- Make things – from starting projects, to making plans, to writing code
The main goal of the Linked Data-a-thon competition is to develop innovative applications that showcase the benefits of Linked Data ... in two weeks! The spirit of this competition is to demonstrate what is possible with Linked Data, even in a short amount of time. The competition starts on October 1, 2011, and it closes 14 days later, on October 15, 2011.
Submissions for the IEEE Intelligent Systems Special Issue on Linked Open Government Data is now 21 Sep 2011!
We seek original work around a number of challenges:
Linked Data technologies provide for setting links between records in distinct databases and thus to connect these databases into a global data space. Over the last years, Linked Data technologies have been adopted by an increasing number of data providers, including the US and UK governments as well as major players in the media and pharmaceutical industry, leading to the creation of a global Web of Data. Experience the Linked Data life cycle yourself and learn how to publish and consume Linked Data.