We arrange a tutorial on Visual Analytics with LOD and Social Media on May 26, 2014 in Greece

Our VisLOD tutorial is arranged on May 26, 2014 in Anissaras (Crete, Greece) at ESWC2014 conference. The idea is to bring together researchers and practitioners interested in visual and interactive techniques for exploring Linked Open Data and Social Media for e-Governance. Our hands-on tutorial will cover technical aspects from two perspectives:

  1. Social Media analysis and
  2. Visualisation of Social Media and Linked Data.

The teachers of the VisLOD tutorial are Dr. Vitaveska Lanfranchi and Mr. Suvodeep Mazumdar from the University of Sheffield (UK) and Dr. Tomi Kauppinen from the Aalto University (Finland).

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Program of LISC2013 Sydney on October 21st, 2013 published

3rd International Workshop on Linked Science 2013—Supporting  Reproducibility, Scientific Investigations and Experiments (LISC2013)

When: October 21st, 2013
Where: Sydney Masonic Conference & Function Centre, Sydney, Australia
Collocated with the 12th International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC2013).

PROGRAM

9.00 – 10.00 Keynote by Carole Goble.

Results may vary: reproducibility, open science and all that jazz.

Abstract:
How could we evaluate research and researchers? Reproducibility underpins the scientific method: at least in principle if not practice. The willing exchange of results and the transparent conduct of research can only be expected up to a point in a competitive environment. Contributions to science are acknowledged, but not if the credit is for data curation or software. From a bioinformatics view point, how far could our results be reproducible before the pain is just too high? Is open science a dangerous, utopian vision or a legitimate, feasible expectation? How do we move bioinformatics from one where results are post-hoc “made reproducible”, to pre-hoc “born reproducible”? And why, in our computational information age, do we communicate results through fragmented, fixed documents rather than cohesive, versioned releases? In this talk, which I gave as a keynote at the 2013 joint conference Intelligent Systems in Molecular Biology / European Conference on Computational Biology, I will explore these questions drawing on 20 years of experience in both the development of technical infrastructure for Life Science and the social infrastructure in which Life Science operates.

 

10.00-10:30 Paper session I

  • Timo Willemsen, Anton Feenstra and Paul Groth. Building Executable Biological Pathway Models Automatically from BioPAX

10.30 -11.00 break

11.00 – 12.45 Paper session II

  • Guillermo Palma, Maria-Esther Vidal, Louiqa Raschid and Andreas Thor. Exploiting Semantics from Ontologies and Shared Annotations to Find Patterns in Annotated Linked Open Data
  • Cameron Mclean, Mark Gahegan and Fabiana Kubke. Capturing intent and rationale for Linked Science: design patterns as a resource for linked laboratory experiments
  • Jun Zhao, Graham Klyne, Matthew Gamble and Carole Goble. A Checklist-Based Approach for Quality Assessment of Scientific Information

12.45-13.45 Lunch

13.45-15.30 Paper session III

  • Nico Adams, Armin Haller, Alexander Krumpholz and Kerry Taylor. A Semantic Lab Notebook – Report on a Use Case Modelling an Experiment of a Microwave-based Quarantine Method
  • Niels Ockeloen, Antske Fokkens, Serge Ter Braake and Piek Vossen. BiographyNet: Managing Provenance at multiple levels and from different perspectives
  • Michiel Hildebrand, Rinke Hoekstra and Jacco van Ossenbruggen. Using Semantic Web Technologies to Reproduce a Pharmacovigelance Case Study

15.30-16.00 Break

16.00-17.30 Co-writing session: how can linked science techniques solve problems in scientific reproducibility 2+45 minutes

  • 1st 45 minutes: produce reproducibility problem/potential linked science technology matrix in breakout groups
  • 2nd 45 minutes: merging matrices into consensus view and/or paper ideas/blog post

Closing

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Seven papers accepted to Linked Science 2013

We are happy to announce that we have accepted the following seven papers to be presented in the Linked Science 2013 (LISC2013)  workshop in Sydney, Australia in October 2013:

  • Timo WillemsenAnton Feenstra and Paul Groth. Building Exceutable Biological Pathway Models Automatically from BioPAX
  • Nico Adams, Armin Haller, Alexander Krumpholz and Kerry Taylor. A Semantic Lab Notebook – Report on a Use Case Modelling an Experiment of a Microwave-based Quarantine Method
  • Jun Zhao, Graham Klyne, Matthew Gamble and Carole Goble. A Checklist-Based Approach for Quality Assessment of Scientific Information
  • Michiel HildebrandRinke Hoekstra and Jacco van Ossenbruggen. Using Semantic Web Technologies to Reproduce a Pharmacovigilance Case Study
  • Guillermo Palma, Maria-Esther VidalLouiqa Raschid and Andreas Thor. Exploiting Semantics from Ontologies and Shared Annotations to Find Patterns in Annotated Linked Open Data
  • Cameron Mclean, Mark Gahegan and Fabiana Kubke. Capturing intent and rationale for Linked Science: design patterns as a resource for linked laboratory experiments
  • Niels Ockeloen, Antske Fokkens, Serge Ter Braake and Piek Vossen. BiographyNet: Managing Provenance at multiple levels and from different perspectives

On behalf of the organizing committee of LISC2013,
Tomi Kauppinen

 

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An interactive R Shiny application on data.aalto.fi lectures

Tuija Sonkkila

With this tutorial you can build an interactive web application with R that fetches up-to-date lecture data from the data.aalto.fi SPARQL endpoint, renders the result both as a table and a calendar-like chart, and offers a way to download data as iCal calendar events.

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R Shiny application for exploring course data of the Aalto University

 

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Linked Science 2013 workshop will be arranged in Sydney, Australia late October

We will organize the 3rd International Workshop on Linked Science 2013 (LISC2013) in Sydney, Australia on October 21st or 22nd.

The specific theme of the Linked Science workshop this year will be “Supporting Reproducibility, Scientific Investigations and Experiments”.  Workshop will be collocated with the 12th International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC2013).

The chairs of the workshop are Tomi KauppinenJun ZhaoPaul GrothCarsten KeßlerLine C. PouchardCarole GobleYolanda GilMarieke van Erp and Jacco van Ossenbruggen.

Please check the LISC2013 web site for more information about submission themes and deadlines.

Looking forward to rejoin the Linked Science community in Sydney!

 

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TEACH Vocabulary Extended

We just published a new version of the TEACH vocabulary, which enables richer descriptions of courses as Linked Data. The vocabulary now supports quite a few new features, including classes and properties for defining assignments of courses. Here are some examples which illustrate the use of some of the new classes and predicates:

Moreover, now TEACH has quite a few classes as well: CourseAssignmentMaterialTeacherStudentGroupStudentModuleStudyProgram,
LectureBuilding and Room. Future work includes fine tuning of domain and range specifications. Moreover, classes and  properties will be better linked to other vocabularies.

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Tutorial on Analyzing and Visualizing Linked Data with R at ESWC2013

Tutorial on Analyzing and Visualizing Linked Data with R 2013 (LODR2013)

When: May 26 or May 27, 2013
Where: Montpellier, France
Duration: half-day
Collocated with the Extended Semantic Web Conference (ESWC2013)—Semantics and Big Data

The openly available R package SPARQL allows to directly connect to Linked Data and use the SPARQL querying language for selecting interesting part of data for analysis. Thus it enables to meet massive and rich data sets with the analytical power of the R language and environment.

This approach and tools contribute to Linked Science and Open Science movements to support the transparency of science and to conduct transdisciplinary research.

In this tutorial we will introduce the idea and concepts about Linked Science, and show via illustrative examples about how to practically query and analyze Linked Data from within R environment for visual and statistical analysis. Tutorial materials will be published online.

Teachers of the tutorial are
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Tutorial on Interconnecting Linked Open Data and R on November 29th in Paris

When: November 29th, 2012
Where:  Centre de Recherche des CordeliersParis, France
Duration: 4h
Collocated with International workshop on the Semantic Web applications and tools for Life sciences (SWAT4LS)

The openly available R package SPARQL allows to directly connect to Linked Data and use the SPARQL querying language for selecting interesting part of data for analysis. Thus it enables to meet massive and rich data sets with the analytical power of the R language and environment.

This approach and tools contribute to Linked Science and Open Science movements to support the transparency of science and to conduct transdisciplinary research.

In this tutorial we will introduce the idea and concepts about Linked Science, and show via illustrative examples about how to practically query and analyze Linked Data from within R environment for statistical analysis.

Tutorial materials:
Teachers of the tutorial are
  • Dr. Tomi Kauppinen (Department of Media Technology, Aalto University School of Science, Finland),
  • Dr. Willem Robert van Hage (VU University Amsterdam, the Netherlands) and
  • Benedikt Gräler (University of Münster, Germany).
  • Biniyam Tilahun (University of Münster, Germany)
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Still open: Fully funded PhD Student Position in Linked Data for eScience Services (LIFE) Project

Linked Data for eScience Services (LIFE) is a two-year project funded by the German Research Foundation, jointly carried out by the Semantic Interoperability Lab (MUSIL) at Institute for Geoinformatics (http://ifgi.uni-muenster.de) and the University Library (http://ulb.uni-muenster.de) at University of Münster.

The overall goal of LIFE is to facilitate sharing of research data and thus improve interdisciplinary collaboration in science and education. The approach addresses all kinds of resources, ranging from articles and books through maps to raw data. The Linked Data approach will be used as a basis for the university library’s eScience services to seamlessly integrate their offerings into both the scientific and the global information infrastructure. These eScience services will enable researchers and students to systematically navigate the dynamic and heterogeneous global network of research data, exploiting spatio-temporal information for discovery and creating views meeting their information needs. LIFE is a research activity in the Linked Open Data University of Münster (LODUM, http://lodum.de) initiative that fosters exchanging scientific and educational data as Linked Data.

The Institute for Geoinformatics is looking for highly motivated candidates to fill a PhD student position in the project. The position is fully funded for two years at the TVL salary scale (TVL-E 13, ~40k € p.a. gross). The candidate is expected to join the graduate school for geoinformatics.

Application profile:

  • strong background in at least one of the following areas:
    • semantic web technologies / linked data
    • science 2.0 / open science
    • geographic information science (geoinformatics)
  • programming experience, especially in web development on an open source stack
  • interest in research challenges in the area of semantic interoperability and data integration
  • Master or Diploma in computer science, information science, geoinformatics, or a related field
  • German language skills are an asset, but not required initially.

The Institute for Geoinformatics offers an attractive, international and English-speaking work environment. Applications should be sent to Prof. Dr. Werner Kuhn (kuhn@uni-muenster.de) in a single PDF file. Applications from women are encouraged and will be favored in case of equal qualification, competence and specific achievements. Preference will be given to disabled applicants in case of equivalent qualification.

The application process remains open until December 15, 2012 or until the position is filled.

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Linked Data for eScience Services (LIFE) project: 2 Positions in Geoinformatics at Post-Doc/PhD Student Level

Linked Data for eScience Services (LIFE) is a two-year project funded by the German Research Foundation, jointly carried out by the Semantic Interoperability Lab (MUSIL) at Institute for Geoinformatics and the University Library at University of Münster.

The overall goal of LIFE is to facilitate sharing of spatio-temporal information and thus improve interdisciplinary collaboration in science and education. The approach addresses all kinds of resources, ranging from articles and books through maps to raw data. The Linked Data approach will be used as a basis for the university library’s eScience services to seamlessly integrate their offerings into both the scientific and the global information infrastructure. These eScience services will enable researchers and students to systematically navigate the dynamic and heterogeneous global network of spatio- temporal information (discovery) and to create the relevant views (access) meeting their information needs. LIFE is a research activity in the Linked Open Data University of Münster (LODUM) initiative that fosters exchanging scientific and educational data as Linked Data.

The Institute for Geoinformatics is looking for highly motivated candidates to fill one position at the post-doc level and one at the PhD student level. Both positions are fully funded for two years, starting in January 2013. Salary levels are at the TVL salary scale (TVL-E 13 for the PhD student, ~40k EURO p.a. gross, and TVL-E 14 for the post-doc, ~45k EURO p.a. gross, commensurate with experience). The candidate filling the PhD student position is expected to join the graduate school for geoinformatics. The LIFE team will be completed by up to four student assistants.

Application profile for both openings:

  • strong background in at least one of the following areas:
    • geographic information science
    • semantic web technologies / linked data o science 2.0 / open science
  • programming experience, especially in web development on an open source stack
  • interest in research challenges in the area of semantic interoperability and data integration

Applications should be sent to Prof. Dr. Werner Kuhn (kuhn@uni-muenster.de) in a single PDF file. Applications from women are encouraged and will be favored in case of equal qualification, competence and specific achievements. Preference will be given to disabled applicants in case of equivalent qualification.

The application process remains open until October 15, 2012 or until the positions are filled.

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