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Project "Semantic MediaWiki" and Wikipedia: Level 2

Project "Semantic MediaWiki" and Wikipedia: Level 2 Denny Vrandecic Presenting (Bio below)

Abstract: 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. It is understood that ad hoc implementations (i.e. "hacks") may sometimes solve single problems, but agreeing on common editing syntax, underlying technology, exchange formats, etc. bears huge advantages for all participants. The talk will focus on never development that is aimed at making Semantic MediaWiki a suitable backend for all sorts of semantic applications, and will introduce ways to query and edit the data via machine-accessible interfaces, be it using Semantic Web standards like SPARQL or light-weight approaches based on REST and JSON so that also developers without knowledge of Semantic Web standards can use the Semantic MediaWiki-based back-end.

Speaker Bio: Denny Vrandečić is research associate at the Institute AIFB at KIT Karlsruhe Institute of Technology Germany, and currently a visiting researcher here at ISI. 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.


On Semantic MediaWiki:
On this year's Google Summer of Code SPARQL extensions SMWRDFio:
And here on SMWWriter, which will also be covered:

Thank you for offering to give this presentation Denny! ...and thank you Mark Greaves, Jesse Wang, and Benjamin Grosof for helping coordinate this with our previous presentation last March!

6:00 PM - Networking & refreshments
6:30 PM - Presentation
8:30 PM - Wrapup

More information to follow. See you there!


Venue and Refreshments are sponsored by SQLSoft+ "the Gold Standard in Training" (Thank you Dennis James! - and SQLSoft+)
[masked]th Ave NE Ste B101
Bellevue, WA [masked]

San Francisco/Bay Area Co-Cast Venue sponsored by Learn iT! "Microsoft Gold Partner for Learning Solutions & Information Worker Solutions" Learn iT! Anywhere "Instructor led training from Home, Office, Anywhere!" (Thank you for extending our presentation to the Bay Area Damon Lembi CEO & Matt Murawski Dir. of Marketing).

San Francisco
33 New Montgomery St.
Suite 300 [masked]

Co-Sponsorship by IEEE Computer Society of Seattle (Thank you Mike Becker and our setup and cleanup group)
IEEE is proposing to make this available remotely on Dim Dim - will know details soon.

Need Pizza sponsors in Seattle! $100 - $150 tops and you get a blurb with your logo on the site!


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  • Michael P.

    Excellent topic and presentation!

    November 19, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Excellent content and group

    November 19, 2010

  • Jon C.

    Very interesting collection of ideas and extremely well presented. Very interesting group of people to network with also.

    November 19, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    An excellent presentation.

    November 19, 2010

  • Tommy

    hi Peter, I will be coming from Downtown Seattle. Pls let me know if you still need a lift.

    By the way, the meeting location is still listed as TBD, when will the location be determined?


    November 15, 2010

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