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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.


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.


The Triangle of Sustainability Awarded

Triangle of Sustainability show is a way to interact with large amounts of Linked Spatiotemporal Data to support understanding of the ecological, social and economical dimensions of sustainable development.

The Triangle of Sustainability (in German “Dreieck der Nachhaltigkeit”) by  Thomas Bartoscheck and Tomi Kauppinen from the Institute for Geoinformatics at the University of Münster was  awarded with a Finalist Position and is competing for the first prize  in Wissenschaft interaktiv 2012, June 2–6, 2012, Lübeck, Germany.

The Triangle of Sustainability is an interactive show to explore observations about deforestation of rainforests and related phenomena such as road networks, political situation, and market prices of agricultural products on maps and timelines.  The Triangle thus connects three important aspects–ecological, economical and social–of sustainability. By doing this the Triangle serves as a show of what is achievable by  interconnecting different scientific assets via the Linked Science approach. The goal is to raise the awareness, and understanding of different factors of sustainability. The Triangle thus serves as an example of how the research field of Geoinformatics, and more generally Geographic Information Science can serve the society in these tasks.

The resulting information can be explored on three screens (see the figure above). The interaction is made extremely simple yet powerful, no additional tools are required for the participants. All the spatial and temporal information can be zoomed and panned simply by making gestures using hands.

The technological basis is built on the power of Linked Data techniques for interconnecting these very heterogenous data about different environmental and social phenomena. The data used by the show is the Linked Brazilian Amazon Rainforest published at LinkedScience.org.