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What Is XCRI-CAP?

What Is XCRI-CAP? | Linked Data and Semantic Web | Scoop.it

XCRI-CAP stands for eXchanging Course Related Information, Course Advertising Profile. XCRI-CAP is the UK standard for describing course marketing information. It shows how to structure the information, defines and names the data components and specifies the types of data permitted within each component.

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Special Issue on Evaluating Semantic Technologies

Preprints of five papers from the Journal of Web Semantics special issue on evaluating of semantic technologies are available on the preprint server.
Ontology matching benchmarks: generation, stability and discriminability by Jérôme Euzenat, Maria-Elena Rosoiu and Cássia TrojahnEvaluation of Instance Matching Tools: The Experience of OAEI by Alfio Ferrara, Andriy Nikolov, Jan Noessner and Francois ScharffeRepeatable and Reliable Semantic Search Evaluation by Roi Blanco, Harry Halpin, Daniel M. Herzig, Peter Mika, Jeffrey Pound, Henry S. Thompson and Thanh TranEvaluating Question Answering over Linked Data by Vanessa Lopez, Christina Unger, Philipp Cimiano and Enrico MottaTowards Savvy Adoption of Semantic Technology: From Published Use Cases to Category-Specific Adopter Readiness Models, by Marek Nekvasil and Vojtech Svatek.
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Veni Competition is inviting submissions | LinkedUp: Linking Web Data for Education

Veni Competition is inviting submissions | LinkedUp: Linking Web Data for Education | Linked Data and Semantic Web | Scoop.it

The LinkedUp Veni Competition has now opened, and is inviting submissions.

 

The first of three consecutive competitions, the Veni Competition is calling for you to submit an innovative and robust prototype or demo that uses linked and/or open data for educational purposes.

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Veni Competition is inviting submissionsMay 22, 2013 in Calls, Challenge, Dissemination

The LinkedUp Veni Competition has now opened, and is inviting submissions.

The first of three consecutive competitions, the Veni Competition is calling for you to submit an innovative and robust prototype or demo that uses linked and/or open data for educational purposes.

The idea is to mash up the vast amount of material and data that can be used in education. You might design a tool for combining datasets and visualising them in interesting new ways, or perhaps develop a search engine that combines search results from different libraries.

If you are looking for further inspiration, please see our use cases, curated from high profile organisations such as the Commonwealth of Learning.

The total prize fund for ‘Veni’ is 5.000 EUR, however these prizes are only one reason to participate. It is also a fantastic opportunity to work with the large, documented repositoryof linked datasets that the LinkedUp team has catalogued and structured, including data about open educational resources, course content and university facilities.

The LinkedUp team will also be providing dedicated support, including technical support with code. A designated developer blog contains information such as ‘cooking recipes’ and ‘how-to-guides’.

Participants will also be able to showcase their ideas and solutions to a wide community of researchers and practitioner, and will provide the opportunity to meet interesting people from across the public and private sector. After a review process invitations will be made to the teams behind the best applications, offering the opportunity to present their submissions at OKCon in Geneva, on 17 September 2013.

More information can be found on the Challenge website.

What are you waiting for? Join the Challenge today!

Deadline for submissions: 27 June 2013

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Dublin - at the Core of eGov and Open Data this June - W3C Blog

Dublin - at the Core of eGov and Open Data this June - W3C Blog | Linked Data and Semantic Web | Scoop.it

As happened last year, the third week of June 2013 sees several important collocated meetings relevant to the public sector's use of ICT. The centerpiece is the European Commission's Digital Agenda Assembly, a series of high level workshops and plenary sessions focused on digital skills, entrepreneurship and growth. The event is being held in Dublin as Ireland is the current holder of the rotating European Presidency and puts many key players in the same place at the same time providing an excellent opportunity for other meetings to be scheduled.

 

W3C is involved in two such meetings. First, the Crossover Project's International Conference on Policy Making 2.0. This is the culmination of a research project to establish how ICT is transforming government and how it can be put to ever better use. Open data, big data, policy modeling, crowdsourcing, serious gaming and opinion mining are all aspects of this that are covered in detail in the Crossover Research Roadmap. This highly detailed document captures input from experts in many different fields and is likely to be highly influential in shaping research into future uses of ICT for governance and policy making. As well as the research roadmap the Crossover project will present a prize to the best policy making 2.0 application - submissions are open until the end of this week.

 

After the DAA, attention turns to SEMIC - The Semantic Interoperability Conference 2013. The European Commission's ISA Programme is a major effort to increase interoperability between public sector systems across Europe. There are many strands to this initiative but from a W3C perspective it's been an important input to the Government Linked Data Working Group's vocabularies both in terms of development and implementation experience. That experience - of public sector bodies working within their national frameworks to deliver interoperable services across borders and across sectors - is at the heart of the SEMIC conference.

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SEMIC 2013 - Semantic Interoperability Conference 2013 | Joinup

SEMIC 2013 - Semantic Interoperability Conference 2013 | Joinup | Linked Data and Semantic Web | Scoop.it

The Semantic Interoperability Conference 2013 - SEMIC 2013 - offers a unique opportunity to explore and discuss how Public Administrations can make information exchange more efficient and effective, allowing them to operate at lower costs and provide better services. The conference will be held in Dublin on 21 June 2013. This event is organised the day after the Digital Agenda Assembly held on 19 & 20 June.

The conference programme addresses topics such as:

Basic data for public services;Open Standards for eGovernment;Data interoperability in the Cloud and on the World-Wide Web;Open Government Data and interoperability; andPutting interoperability solutions in a regional or local context.
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Ordnance Survey Linked Data and the Reconciliation API

Ordnance Survey Linked Data and the Reconciliation API | Linked Data and Semantic Web | Scoop.it

The new Ordnance Survey Linked Data has a reconciliation API that allows users to turn text into URIs by matching against the Ordnance Survey linked data using a tool called open refine.

I’m not an expert on open refine but had a quick try of the tool today using some open data about libraries (available here). Instructions on installing Open Refine can be found here.

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LOD2 Webinar Series: Virtuoso 7

LOD2 Webinar Series: Virtuoso 7 | Linked Data and Semantic Web | Scoop.it

This webinar in the course of the LOD2 webinar series will present Virtuoso Column Store, Adaptive Techniques for RDF Graph Databases. In this webinar we shall discuss the application of column store techniques to both graph (RDF) and relational data for mixed work-loads ranging from lookup to analytics.

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esd-standards - Linked data

We endeavour to publish all lists and associated data as Linked Data according to principles described on the Linked Data Website.

 

You don't have to know anything about linked data and the underlying technologies to make use of the controlled lists in the Local Government Business Model (LGBM). You can view them online and download them as Word documents, spreadsheets and in esd-toolkit's standard XML format. But if you want to use semantic web techniques to exploit LGBM and link to linked data elsewhere on the web, read on...

When data is expressed on web servers across the Internet as linked data, it may be treated as one giant database that can be queried with the SPARQL language in just the same way as the Structured Query Language (SQL) can be used to query a traditional database. For this to work linked data is expressed in the Resource Description Format (RDF)according to documented ontonolies.

esd offers a SPQRQL end point for querying its linked data at http://doc.esd.org.uk/sparql.ashx. A form showing a sample query and allowing you to test your own SPARQL query is given at: http://doc.esd.org.uk/sparqlform.aspx.

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Visualizing Google's Transparency Report, Part 3: What Countries Ask For The Biggest Share of Netizen Data?

Visualizing Google's Transparency Report, Part 3: What Countries Ask For The Biggest Share of Netizen Data? | Linked Data and Semantic Web | Scoop.it

Google's Transparency Report gives country-by-country statistics on the state requests it receives for personal private records. Below, EFF and SHARE Defense ranked the top countries requesting data—not by the total numbers of requests, but by how many accounts are requested relative to the total number of Internet users in each country. We believe this chart is fairer for countries that have a large Internet user population, but who make a smaller percentage of surveillance requests. These results are not a perfect measure, but we can still see the disproportionate activities of some small nations who make relatively relative high numbers of data requests.  Google  statistics refer to user accounts, and not the number of affected  users. One user may have more than one account (see Google Transparecy Report FAQs). Moreover, Google is also less popular in some countries than others, which lowers the  number of requests they receive from a particular jurisdiction.

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The W3C QA Toolbox - Validators, checkers and other tools for Webmasters and Web Developers

The W3C QA Toolbox - Validators, checkers and other tools for Webmasters and Web Developers | Linked Data and Semantic Web | Scoop.it

Indispensable for the professional Webmaster, Web Designer or Web Developer, these tools are all free and Open Source.

The W3C's main production are its specifications, but in the core of its philosophy is the belief that the natural complement to specifications is running code.

This page lists some of the tools provided by the W3C in the domain of Quality Assurance: validators and other test tools. Almost all of these tools are web-based, and are available as downloadable sources or as free services on the w3.org site.

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Open DATA METI - Semanticommunity.info

Open DATA METI - Semanticommunity.info | Linked Data and Semantic Web | Scoop.it
The purpose is to do as Dominic Sale, OMB CIO Staff's Chief of Data Analytics & Reporting and said recently that the Digital Government Strategy is "treating all content as data." Big Data Spells New Architecture: "The data warehouse does what it does well and is not going to go anywhere. But it is not architected very well for the future. Our job, as IT, revolves entirely around one thing -- data integration”.
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Linked Data Platform 1.0 Draft Published | Semantic Web Activity News

Linked Data Platform 1.0 Draft Published | Semantic Web Activity News | Linked Data and Semantic Web | Scoop.it

The W3C Linked Data Platform (LDP) Working Group has published a Working Draft of Linked Data Platform 1.0. This document specifies a set of best practices and simple approach for a read-write Linked Data architecture, based on HTTP access to web resources that describe their state using the RDF data model.

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Semantic Computing Research Group (SeCo)

Semantic Computing Research Group (SeCo) | Linked Data and Semantic Web | Scoop.it

The Semantic Computing Research Group (SeCo) researches machine-processable semantics related to, e.g., the Semantic Web. We are located at the Aalto University, School of Science, Department of Media Technology.

 

Our group consists of researchers both from the Aalto University, School of Science, Department of Media Technology andUniversity of Helsinki, Department of Computer Science.

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LinkedUp Catalogue - Linked Education Cloud

The Linked Education Cloud is a repository/catalogue of Web datasets relevant to educational applications. It is provided according to the standard of the Web of Data, and is constructed based on input from the LinkedUp Community.

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How structured data (Linked Data) help in Big Data Analysis --- Expand Patent Data with Linked Data Cloud

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A good “State of the Art” and explanation about how Linked Data is a linearly dependent benefit on the Big Data scenario.

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Semantic & Graph-Based Search: The Future Face Of Search

Semantic & Graph-Based Search: The Future Face Of Search | Linked Data and Semantic Web | Scoop.it

In a June 2010 Semantic Web Meetup in San Diego, Peter Mika of Yahoo!’s research division gave a presentation entitled, “The future face of Search is Semantic for Facebook, Google and Yahoo!” As the title suggests, the presentation focused on the ever-growing use of semantic markup as a means for helping computers parse and understand content.

 

The talk focused on what was then the current state of the Semantic Web, as well as upcoming formats/technologies in development and the research being done in the field of semantic search.

 

The idea that the Semantic Web would be central to search within just a few years was met with some skepticism at the time — back then, all most folks were tracking was the adoption of Semantic Web technologies and semantic search using primarily RDFa, embedded metadata, or semantic markup.

 


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Is open data transforming the development frontier? IFPRI’s “D8” participants think so. | International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Is open data transforming the development frontier? IFPRI’s “D8” participants think so. | International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) | Linked Data and Semantic Web | Scoop.it

Open data is a public good for the good of the public. Indeed, a growing movement in agricultural development is calling for institutions to open up their data and let it be freely available without restriction, publicly accessible, deliverable and downloadable in desirable and descriptive ways, and easy to mix with other data and tools. Even Bono recently made a call for open data “to turbocharge the fight against poverty.”

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Linking open data to augmented intelligence and the economy - O'Reilly Radar

Linking open data to augmented intelligence and the economy - O'Reilly Radar | Linked Data and Semantic Web | Scoop.it

After years of steady growth, open data is now entering into public discourse, particularly in the public sector. If President Barack Obama decides to put the White House’s long-awaited new open data mandate before the nation this spring, it will finally enter the mainstream.

As more governments, businesses, media organizations and institutions adopt open data initiatives, interest in the evidence behind  release and the outcomes from it is similarly increasing. High hopes abound in many sectors, from development to energy to health to safety to transportation.

“Today, the digital revolution fueled by open data is starting to do for the modern world of agriculture what the industrial revolution did for agricultural productivity over the past century,” said Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, speaking at the G-8 Open Data for Agriculture Conference.

As other countries consider releasing their public sector information as data and machine-readable formats onto the Internet, they’ll need to consider and learn from years of effort at data.gov.uk, data.gov in the United States, and Kenya in Africa.

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Semantic Hack

Semantic Hack | Linked Data and Semantic Web | Scoop.it

Join us at the inaugural Semantic Hack, powered by SemanticWeb.com and Diffbot -- June 1, 2013 at the Semantic Technology & Business Conference (#SemTechBiz) in San Francisco.

Semantic Hack is a day-long coding event that asks "What could you build if the entire web was your database?" -- and then challenges participants to do it!

Semantic Hack brings together developers and designers to work with advanced web-page extraction technologies, RDF, OWL, SPARQL, linked data, sentiment analysis, newly available datasets, and other semantic technologies that help make the web more readable, accessible and dynamic for humans and more interpretable by machines. PLUS, you don't have to know anything about semantics to attend. If you do, great!  But if not, this will be a great way to get started exploring.

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W3C: Call for Participation in Best Practices for Multilingual Linked Open Data Community Group | Community and Business Groups

W3C: Call for Participation in Best Practices for Multilingual Linked Open Data Community Group | Community and Business Groups | Linked Data and Semantic Web | Scoop.it

W3C has launched the Best Practices for Multilingual Linked Open Data Community Group
The target for this group is to crowd-source ideas from the community regarding best practises for producing multilingual linked open data. The topics for discussion are mainly focused on naming, labelling, interlinking, and quality of multilingual linked data, among others. Use cases will be identified to motivate discussions. Participation both from academia and industry is expected. The main outcome of the group will
be the documentation of patterns and best practices for the creation, linking, and use of multilingual linked data.


This group will not create specifications.

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Color the Linked Data Web!

To improve usability of generic tools processing linked data for humans, we suggest to re-use illustrations of resources. This would help users to recognize/identify things in different tools far better. As a first step you can color your resources in a deterministic way.

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Tutorials and Courses - W3C

W3C groups often publish tutorials and online courses to help people learn about W3C technologies. We invite you to let us know about other tutorials at site-comments@w3.org. Note: Some of these resources have been produced outside W3C; W3C provides these links as a service to the community but takes no responsibility for the content or changes to the content. See also:

plans for any upcoming training sessionsinformation for educators, for example Web standards curricula.
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Publishers Release Unfinished Aaron Swartz Manuscript "A Programmable Web"

Publishers Release Unfinished Aaron Swartz Manuscript "A Programmable Web" | Linked Data and Semantic Web | Scoop.it

Cory Doctorow of Boing Boing reports that Morgan & Claypool Publishers have decided to release an unfinished manuscript written by Aaron Swartz entitled "A Programmable Web". Michael B. Morgan, CEO of the publishing house wrote, “In 2009, we invited Aaron Swartz to contribute a short work to our series on Web Engineering (now The Semantic Web: Theory and Technology). He produced a draft of about 40 pages — a ‘first version’ to be extended later — which unfortunately never happened.”

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W3C Publishes Last Call Working Drafts for RDF Data Cube, DCAT

W3C Publishes Last Call Working Drafts for RDF Data Cube, DCAT | Linked Data and Semantic Web | Scoop.it

Ivan Herman of the W3C reports, “The W3C Government Linked Data Working Group has published two Last Call Working Drafts: The RDF Data Cube Vocabulary. This is an RDFvocabulary for publishing multidimensional data, particularly statistical data. It is compatible with the cube model that underlies SDMX (Statistical Data and Metadata eXchange), a widely used ISO standard. The Data Cube Vocabulary brings essential SDMX elements to RDF, providing a standard way for governments to publish statistical information as Linked Data. Comments are welcome through 08 April.”

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