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

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)

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.

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.

Nine Papers Accepted for the Linked Science 2012

We are pleased to announce that we accepted the following papers for publication and presentation at the 2nd International Workshop on Linked Science 2012—Tackling Big Data (LISC2012):

The selection process was competitive with the acceptance rate of 47%: we received 19 submissions and accepted these 9 papers.

The 2nd International Workshop on Linked Science 2012—Tackling Big Data (LISC2012) will be held within the 11th International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC2012) in Boston, USA on November 12th, 2012.

The more detailed workshop programme will be announced in September at the workshop web pages at LinkedScience.org/events/lisc2012/ and via twitter hashtag  #LISC2012 and twitter feed @LinkedScience.

 

Tutorial on Linked Science at EKAW2012

Tutorial on Linked Science 2012 (TOLSCI2012)

When: October 7th, 2012
Where: Galway City, Ireland
Tutorial at the International Conference on Knowledge Engineering and Knowledge Management (EKAW 2012)

Tutorial URI: http://linkedscience.org/events/tolsci2012/

Linked Science is an approach to interconnect scientific assets in order to enable transparent, reproducible and transdisciplinary research. Tutorial on Linked Science 2012 (TOLSCI2012) will be a half day tutorial comprising of different aspects of Linked Science: semantic description of scientific data (e.g. observations and measurements), existing vocabularies, bridging of statistical analysis and Linked Data, and license and copyright issues about data.

Through exercises and the introductory talk the aim of TOLSCI2012 is to stimulate transdisciplinary discussions among researchers and publishers from various backgrounds on semantic integration of scientific information.

The main part of the tutorial will concentrate in a hands-on session in order to learn how to describe, access and analyze scientific data about scientific observations, and especially how to get only that part of data which is of interest for a given research question.

We will teach

  • how Linked Data solves the access part, and
  • how SPARQL allows to query only a subset of the data.

In particular, the participants will learn in a hands-on session

  • how Linked Data can be connected with the help of the SPARQL package for statistical analysis in R, and
  • how and which visualization techniques and tools are available for interacting with the data.

All tutorial materials will be published online.

To register, visit: http://ekaw2012.ekaw.org/Registration.html

Teachers

  • Tomi Kauppinen is a postdoctoral researcher in the Muenster Semantic Interoperability Lab (MUSIL) at the Institute for Geoinformatics at the University of Muenster, Germany. He holds a PhD from the Aalto University, Finland with a thesis on reasoning about change and time. He chaired the First International Workshop on Linked Science 2011 at the International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC2011), the track on Interoperability and Semantics of the Geoinformatik 2011 conference, and led the breakout session for Vocabularies for Science at Science Online London 2011 organized by Nature. His research focuses on spatiotemporal and semantic modeling of processes such as deforestation, extreme weather events, changes in administrational borders, digital cultural heritage, and linked science. His current projects include opening and linking of scientific and educational data in LinkedScience.org-project and in the Linked Open Data University of Muenster (LODUM). He coordinates activities as a post-doc in the International Research Training Group on Semantic Integration of Geospatial Information.
  • Willem Robert van Hage is a researcher in the field of information integration on the web. His main research topics in the past years are geospatio-temporal semantics, ontology alignment, and ontology learning. He is a co-organizer of the Detection, Representation, and Exploitation of Events in the Semantic Web workshop (DeRiVE 2011) and since 2006 he has been a co-organizer of the Ontology Alignment Evaluation Initiative (OAEI), a collaborative benchmarking effort for the evaluation of on- tology alignment techniques. He has led the development of the Simple Event Model (SEM), an ontology for the description of events. In the past years he has worked on the combination of Semantic Web reasoning (RDF(S), OWL) and geospatio-temporal reasoning, developing a spatiotemporal indexing package for the popular SWI-Prolog programming language, which has led to a best paper award at the EKAW 2010 conference, and Semantic Web packages for SPARQL querying and RDF storage for the R statistical programming language. He is the coordinator of the interfaculty Web Science minor at the VU University Amsterdam.

Demo and Poster today @ESWC2012

Today on May 29th a poster and a demo will be presented at the 9th Extended Semantic Web Conference (ESWC2012) related to Linked Science and LODUM projects. The poster and the demo will be presented next to each other at the Posters and Demos session for your convenience.

The poster

is about  Sharing and Analyzing Remote Sensing Observation Data for Linked Science and presents the Linked Brazilian Amazon Rainforest project. Below is a figure illustrating how to interact with these large amounts of Linked Spatiotemporal Data to support understanding of the ecological, social and economical dimensions of sustainable development. For more information see also the Triangle of Sustainability project.

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The demo

is about the Linked Open Data University of Münster – Infrastructure and Applications (see also the data portal)The idea is to open up the university’s data silos, integrate the data, and make it easy to build applications on top of the data collection. The productivity map shown as a video below is an example of such an application. It renders the university buildings in 3D—the building height indicates the number of publications written by researchers working in the respective building. The KML file is also available for download—just open it up in Google Earth to explore the productivity map.

 

2nd International Workshop on Linked Science 2012—Tackling Big Data will be arranged in Boston, USA

The 2nd International Workshop on Linked Science 2012—Tackling Big Data (LISC2012) will be organized in November, 2012 in Boston, USA.

LISC2012 will be collocated with the 11th International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC2012). The submission deadline for the papers is July 31th, 2012.

Organizers of LISC2012 are

  • Tomi Kauppinen, Institute for Geoinformatics, University of Muenster, Germany. (co-chair)
  • Line C. Pouchard, Scientific Data Group, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, US Department of Energy, USA. (co-chair)
  • Carsten Keßler, Institute for Geoinformatics (ifgi), University of Muenster, Germany. (co-chair)
  • Paul Groth, VU University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
  • Natasha Noy, Stanford Medical Informatics, USA
  • Eric G. Stephan, U.S. Department of Energy, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Washington, USA
  • Jun Zhao, Life Science Interface, University of Oxford

More information is now available at the web page of the LISC2012 at LinkedScience.org/events/lisc2012.

You may also follow the twitter feed @LinkedScience and hashtag #LISC2012 for announcements and discussions.

 

Demo and poster at ESWC2012

There will be a poster and a demo presented at the 9th Extended Semantic Web Conference (ESWC2012) related to Linked Science and LODUM projects:

 

Linked Open University of Muenster (LODUM) productivity map

 

 

Gilberto Câmara from INPE will give a keynote at GIBDA2012

 

Gilberto Câmara

Director of the National Institute for Space Research (INPE), Brazil

We are happy to announce that Gilberto Câmara, the Director of the Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research (INPE) will give a keynote  at the Workshop on GIScience in the Big Data Age 2012 (GIBDA2012) on September 18th, 2012. The workshop will be collocated with the seventh International Conference on Geographic Information Science 2012 (GIScience 2012).