VISLOD2014

Tutorial on Visual Analytics with Linked Open Data and Social Media for e-Governance (VisLOD)

When: May 26, 2014
Where: Anissaras, Crete, Greece
Collocated with the 11th Extended Semantic Web Conference (ESWC2014)
Workshop URI: http://linkedscience.org/events/vislod2014/

What is VisLOD tutorial about?

The increasing availability of essential information as Linked Open Data has empowered ordinary citizens and organisations with means to increase their understanding of their political, social, economic and cultural environment. Social Media, on the other hand, provide citizens and organisations with means to share their own experiences, connect with friends/relatives, keep updated with situations and understand the public perception of events, places or individuals. With the availability of large datasets, a considerable challenge is how to quickly and efficiently consume such datasets. Visual Analytics solutions offer a promising direction of research for consuming large semantic datasets, providing authorities, citizens and organisations with means to quickly identify hidden trends, patterns and anomalies, explore and gather overview of large data spaces and quickly reach data points of interest.

The VisLOD tutorial is arranged at ESWC2014 to bring together researchers and practitioners interested in visual and interactive techniques for exploring Linked Open Data and Social Media for e-Governance. The hands-on tutorial will cover technical aspects from two perspectives: Social Media analysis and Visualisation of Social Media and Linked Data.

The first hands-on session will be initially introduced to techniques used for analysing Social Media and mapping entities to LOD cloud. The tutorial will then cover several aspects of Human Computer Interaction such as User Centered Design, storyboarding, prototyping, design principles and user evaluations. Participants will be finally introduced with various open source visualisation tools and will be designing and implementing web-based visual analytic solutions that integrate governmental datasets with Social Media. The tutorial will conclude with some discussions on the systems that have been implemented by the tutors, and how they are being used in e-Governance applications.

In summary, VisLOD tutorial addresses the following three impact areas

● Presenting technical know-how for developing web-based Visual Analytic Solutions for LOD and Social Media
● Sharing lessons learned from implementing software solutions with existing infrastructures
● An explicit focus on HCI techniques (such as aesthetic design, contextual inquiry, prototyping, storyboarding) for designing, developing and implementing Semantic Web solutions

The material will also be made available on USB sticks on the day of the tutorial and are also available for download.

Program (tentative)

Session 1 –  9:30 to 10:30

Coffee Break

Session 2 – 11:00 to 13:00

  • Visual Analytics with Social Media – 11:00 – 12:30
  • Analysing Social Media (enriching social media posts) 12:30 – 13:00

Lunch Break

Session 3 – 14:30 to 16:00

  • Visual Analytics with Social Media – 14:30 – 15:30
  • Mashing up Social Media and Linked Data – 15:30 – 16:00

Coffee Break

Session 4 – 16:30 to 17:30

  • Example eGovernance systems/solutions – lessons learned 16:30 – 17:00
  • Aesthetic Design 17:00 – 17:15

Discussions & Conclusions


Tutors

Dr. Vitaveska Lanfranchi is a Senior Research Fellow in the OAK Group. Her research field concerns Human Computer Interaction with a focus on supporting, gathering and sharing of knowledge between individuals. She has chaired a track on Visual Analytics for Crisis Management and has run the tutorial on Visual Analytics with Social Media for Crisis Management at Iscram2013. She was chair of the SMILE2013 (Social Media and Linked Data for Emergency Response) workshop, co-located with the 10th Extended Semantic Web Conference – May 26-30, 2013 at Montpellier, France. Dr. Lanfranchi is the Scientific Deputy Director for co-participation of WeSenseIt, a EU FP7 project on Citizens Observatories of Water. Dr. Lanfranchi is an ISCRAM member and will be attending the conference to moderate the session.

Mr. Suvodeep Mazumdar is a Research Associate in the OAK Group, currently writing up his PhD thesis. His field of research concerns Human Computer Interaction and Information Visualisation for knowledge management in large organizations and the social web. He has an extensive experience in iterative user centered design and evaluation of information visualisation systems. He has chaired a track on Visual Analytics for Crisis Management and has run the tutorial on Visual Analytics with Social Media for Crisis Management at Iscram2013. He was chair of the SMILE2013 (Social Media and Linked Data for Emergency Response) workshop, co-located with the 10th Extended Semantic Web Conference – May 26-30, 2013 at Montpellier, France.

Dr. Tomi Kauppinen is a substitute professor of Cognitive Systems at the University of Bremen, Germany (and on leave from a postdoctoral position at the Aalto University School of Science). He has given tutorials on visualizing and analyzing Linked Open Data at ESWC2013, EKAW2012 and SWAT4LS conferences. He has co-chaired the International Workshops on Linked Science 2011, 2012 and 2013. He was also an organizer of the Workshop on GIScience in the Big Data Age 2012 at GISCIENCE2012. He was an invited speaker at the SMILE2013 (Social Media and Linked Data for Emergency Response) workshop at ESWC2013. Web: http://kauppinen.net/tomi Twitter: @LinkedScience.

Dr Anna Lisa Gentile is a Research Associate in the OAK Group. Her research field concerns large-scale Information Extraction technologies. She worked on Named Entity Disambiguation during her PhD where she investigated the exploitation of large and freely available Knowledge Resources. Since 2007 she investigated the use of background knowledge in supporting IE tasks. She exploited IE outcomes for designing community and organization oriented services. She has published in major conferences such as LREC, EMNLP and ISWC has been serving as a PC member for conferences such as ISWC, ESWC, IJCNLP amongst others. She holds a PhD from the University of Bari (Italy).

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