Blog Parade Post from the LOD2 Vienna Plenary Meeting

Back in March, I attended the LOD2 plenary meeting in Vienna. As a representative for DERI (and specifically the DI2 unit), I not only presented some of the current updates with the research, development, and deliverables of our group, I also had the opportunity to gain additional insight into what the other LOD2 consortium members were doing.

As part of a blog parade of posts, a number of attendees were asked to submit their perspective of attending some of the break-out sessions of the plenary meeting. The following are my notes from attending the sessions for Work Package 7 and Work Package 8, both use case projects to do with utilising LOD2 for Media & Publishing and for Enterprise Data Webs. I apologise to the lateness of this post, but late is better than never.

To start off the break-out sessions for what was the final day of the LOD2 plenary meeting, Christian Dirschl from Wolters Kluwer presented a status update of his work package. WP7 pertains to utilizing the LOD2 stack and linked data as a means to disseminate data. Specifically, this consisted of publicly available data that Wolters Kluwer share (e.g. information and content about laws, regulations, court cases, etc.). A few contributing members from within the work package as well as across other packages presented tools and software that were aiding WP7's use case. Not only did these items show how they were sharing data, but they also demonstrated ways in which they were interlinking this data with the LOD cloud.

The 'Pebbles' workbench is a prototype that achieves interlinking of Wolters Kluwer's data with DBpedia (with the aid of PoolParty and the SILK workbench). Christian was proud to show and share this development to the plenary attendees. In regards to the future of WP7, Christian highlighted that their work package is moving along quite well and in terms of deliverables, their initiative had allowed them to already start researching and planning for next year. He also expressed interest in all of the technology presented by earlier work packages and looked forward to discussing with others about how collaboration with them could be possible. Specifically, WP5, the browsing, visualization, and authoring work package, is something his group believes would be a most suitable group to work together with. Afterwards, Amar-Djalil Mezaour from Exalead began his break-out session for WP8. This work package relates to using linked data in enterprise based environments. Specifically, WP8 presents a use case of utilizing LOD2 tools and data for the purpose of the acquisition, analysis, and classification of human resource data (i.e. résumés). After a short breakdown of WP8's objectives, Amar-Djalil demonstrated for us the utilisation of the ' Outscale ' cloud computing service that his group is using to perform their use case.

Further to showing us the ease-of-use of Outscale, he showed attendees the process and output of the indexing and visualization of the data (HR-XML documents). This break-out session continued with an all-around discussion as Amar-Djalil opened the floor to questions and opinions of the future direction of WP8 and its deliverables. Many of the contributing members from the technical work packages had suggestions. To see more information of what happened at the plenary meeting, you can read additional blog parade posts here http://lod2.eu/BlogPost/1060-lod2-vienna-plenary-meeting-march2012.html .