First course worldwide on Linked Science at the University of Muenster, Germany

First course worldwide on Linked Science will be held at the Institute for Geoinformatics at the University of Muenster, Germany during the winter semester 2011/2012. This Linked Science course is arranged as a seminar, and the title is “Spatiotemporal and Semantic Modeling for Linked Science” and it is lectured by Dr. Tomi Kauppinen.

The seminar teaches both basics and shows recent advancements of Linked Spatiotemporal Data and Linked Science. The seminar is combined of lectures and demo-sessions showing through examples how spatiotemporal information can be modeled, semantically described and published as Linked Data. The major emphasis is on scientific datasets.

In the course we will also discuss spatiotemporal and semantic reasoning techniques to enrich the data. Students will also  learn how the data can be connected with the help of the SPARQL package for R for statistical analysis, and how and which visualization techniques and tools are available for interacting with the data. Each student will choose a topic for the seminar to create and use Linked Scientific Data of some discipline (e.g.  life sciences, natural and living environment studies, chemistry, biology, crisis management, history and cultural heritage) within the University of Muenster.

The major emphasis is in disciplines where there are interesting spatiotemporal aspects. The results of these student works will be shown and discussed in the demo sessions. The course serves both newcomers in Linked Data techniques and advanced students already knowing the basics and wanting to learn the Linked Science approach. Students will learn theory, techniques, presentation and organizational skills in the seminar.

Linked Science 2011 program announced

The program of the First International Workshop on Linked Science (LISC2011) collocated with ISWC 2011 (to be held on October 24th in Bonn, Germany) is now announced:

9AM – 9:45 AM Session 1: Opening

  • Opening Remarks. 15’
  • Invited Talk: Damian Gessler  30’ “Semantic Web for Science: Lessons of the iPlant Collaborative and SSWAP”

9:45 – 10:30 AM Session 2: Applications—-Successes and Challenges

  • Linked Data for Network Science. Paul Groth and Yolanda Gil.  (30’ – 12 pages)
  • Linking the Outcomes of Scientific Research: Requirements from the Perspective of Geosciences . Stephan Mäs, Matthias Müller, Christin Henzen and Lars Bernard. (15’ – 6 pages) 

10:30 AM Coffee break

11 AM – 11:45 AM Session 3: Semantic Integration

  • Interactively Mapping Data Sources into the Semantic Web. Craig A. Knoblock, Pedro Szekely, Jose Luis Ambite, Shubham Gupta, Aman Goel, Maria Muslea, Kristina Lerman and Parag Mallick. (30’ – 12 pages)
  • Similarity between semantic description sets: addressing needs beyond data integration. Todd Vision, Hilmar Lapp, Paula Mabee, Monte Westerfield and Judith Blake. (15’ – 4 pages)

11:45 – 12:30 PM Session 4: Collaborations and languages

  • Supporting Scientific Collaboration Through Class-Based Object Versioning.  Johnson Mwebaze. (30’ – 12 pages)
  • Glottolog/Langdoc: Defining dialects, languages, and language families as collections of resources. Sebastian Nordhoff and Harald Hammarström. (15’ – 6 pages)

12:30 -2 PM Lunch

2 PM – 2:30 PM Session 5: Sources

  • The knowledge-driven exploration of integrated biomedical knowledge sources facilitates the generation of new hypotheses.  Vinh Nguyen, Olivier Bodenreider, Todd Mining and Amit Sheth. (15’ – 5 pages)
  • Where did you hear that? Information and the Sources They Come From?   Jim Mccusker, Timothy Lebo, Li Ding, Cynthia Chang, Paulo Pinheiro Da Silva and Deborah L. Mcguinness. (15’ – 5 pages)

2:30 – 3 PM  Discussion about topics for break-out groups; group organization

3 – 4 PM Break-out sessions

4 PM Coffee break 

4:30 PM  Results of the break-out sessions

The program is also available at the LISC 2011 event pages.