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A Wiki filled evening - we will be having 2 wiki related talks

  • Dec 7, 2010 · 6:30 PM
  • Tri City Wellness center

Join us for a wiki filled evening. We have 2 great talks for you on this evening: - An introduction to Semantic Media Wiki, By Danny Vrandecic, co-developer of Semantic Media Wiki, - The Gene Wiki: Cultivating community intelligence in biology, by Ben Good As we frequently start at 6:30 and seem to close the place at 9, the schedule will be as follows: 6:30 p.m Introduction to SMW (40-45 minutes + 15 for questions) 7:30-7:45 Break 7:45-8:45 The Gene Wiki: Cultivation Community Intelligence in Biology After the session, as we usually close the facility at 9, those interested can convene at Tuscany Restaurant & Bar down the road, for drinks, a bite to eat and further networking. See more details about the topics and speakers below!
Introduction to Semantic Media Wiki The project "Semantic MediaWiki" engages in the conception and development of semantic extensions of MediaWiki, the software underlying Wikipedia. The goal is to enable simple, machine-based processing of Wiki-content by allowing users to provide suitable semantic annotations. However, the special Wiki environment and the multitude of envisaged applications impose a number of additional requirements. The overall objective of is to develop a single solution for semantic annotation that fits the needs of most Wikimedia projects and still meets the Wiki-specific requirements of usability and performance.
About The Speaker: Denny Vrandecic is research associate at the Institute AIFB at KIT Karlsruhe Institute of Technology Germany, and currently a visiting researcher at ISI, University at Southern California. He received his Diploma for studying Computer Science and Philosophy at the University of Stuttgart. His research interests include massive web-based collaboration, and ontology evaluation. He is co-developer of Semantic MediaWiki. His contributions to Open Source software have received a number of prizes, (Theseus Idea Competition, award, Semantic Web Challenge finalist, and others), and are widely used in industry and academia. He consulted Metaweb's service on creating their RDF export, was the first administrator of the Croatian Wikipedia, co-organized several workshops at WWW and ISWC, chaired the scientific track of Wikimania 2008, and co- chaired the ESWC2010 Web of Data and ESWC2011 Social Web track. He recently was appointed as one of the inaugural members of the Wikimedia Research Council. He was or is involved in the EU-funded projects SEKT and ACTIVE, the project Halo funded by Vulcan Inc., Seattle, and the BMBF-funded project SMART that deals with improving water resource management in the lower Jordan valley, partnering, among others, the state of Israel, the Kingdom of Jordan, and the Palestinian Authority.
The Gene Wiki: Cultivating Community Intelligence in Biology Like the Good Old Fashioned A.I. systems that came before it, the Semantic Web suffers from what is known as the knowledge acquisition bottleneck. While many useful things can be done with semantic technology, the process of migrating information and knowledge from text and from individual’s minds into the required formal representations (e.g. RDF, OWL) can be very expensive in terms of both time and money. Nowhere is this bottleneck more apparent than in the life sciences where we literally have more than one new scientific article published as unstructured text every minute of every year (~700,000/year). As Semantic Web proponents have continued to struggle to assemble ontologies through the centralized efforts of small groups of experts, the rest of the Web has seen a well-documented explosion of loosely-structured content provided in a massively parallel fashion by millions of people - for free. How can we tap into this emerging resource of collective intelligence to help achieve the goals of the semantic web (especially within the context of the life sciences)? In this presentation I will describe the Gene Wiki - an attempt to engage the community in the collation of information about human genes within the context of Wikipedia. I will discuss the origins of the Gene Wiki, its current state, and our ongoing efforts to extract structured information (suitable for representation and distribution in RDF) from its content.
Bio Benjamin Good is a post doctoral fellow at the Genomics Institute of the Novartis Research Foundation. Prior to that, he received his Ph.D. in bioinformatics from the University of British Columbia, M.S. in Evolutionary and Adaptive Systems from the University of Sussex, and B.S. in cognitive science from U.C. San Diego. In between his studies, he worked at SAIC on the High Performance Knowledge Bases (HPKB) project and at the Veterans Medical Research Foundation on the bioinformatics underlying vaccine development. He writes sporadically about bioinformatics and the semantic web at

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  • Walter K

    Fun and very informative.

    December 12, 2010

  • Brock


    December 8, 2010

  • Ron H.

    I only stayed for the first speaker (Denny from Semantic Media Wiki), but he was great. I applaud Barbara for her ability to bring in such quality speakers.

    December 8, 2010

  • Benjamin G.

    Can't speak for my talk, but Denny's was excellent. Though I knew about Semantic Media Wiki before the talk I had no idea of its current scope and was very impressed with both his history of wikis introduction and the new directions his research is headed. Too bad he is going back to germany so soon!

    December 8, 2010

  • Stanislaw L.

    As usual, two great presenters and a great group.

    December 8, 2010

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