MAY 25 - 27, 2011
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Tutorial 1: Utilising Linked Open Data in Applications

The tutorial gives an introduction how to use Linked Open Data (LOD) from within Web applications. We start with simple access methods (follow-your-nose, dumps) over querying LOD data using SPARQL to client-side access in the browser (using JavaScript) to integration in popular CMS such as Drupal.

Presenter: Michael Hausenblas, LiDRC - Linked Data Research Centre, DERI, Ireland

Michael is Research Fellow at DERI, NUI Galway where he is coordinating the Linked Data Research Centre. He focuses on Linked Data discovery, Dataset Dynamics, the write-enabled Linked Data Web, as well as application domains including Linked Government Data. Michael has been contributing to the W3C SWEO Linking Open Data project since mid 2007 and is currently the co-ordinator of the FP7 European Commission Support Action LOD Around The Clock (LATC). He has published over 45 papers at conferences, workshops and in journals and served on over 40 Programme Committees in various conferences and workshops as well as contributed to Web standards, including the RDFa standardisation in W3C, in the W3C Media Fragments Working Group and currently acting as a co-chair of the W3C RDB2DF Working Group.

Tutorial 2: Description Logic Reasoning for Semantic Web Ontologies

Description Logics are a successful family of logic-based knowledge representation formalisms, which can be used to represent the conceptual knowledge of an application domain in a structured and formally well-understood way. Based on their formal semantics a number of powerful DL reasoning services have been defined and implemented in reasoning systems.
    Ontology languages for the emerging Semantic Web such as the OWL dialects have greatly increased interest in DLs and related reasoning services in recent years, since these ontology languages are based on DLs. Our tutorial gives an introduction to the basic principles underlying knowledge representation and reasoning with Description Logics. The main focus of the course is on those DLs that form the core of the OWL dialects and the reasoning services they are tailored for.

Anni-Yasmin Turhan, Dresden University of Technology, Germany

Anni-Yasmin Turhan is a post-doctoral research and teaching fellow at TU Dresden, where she teaches courses on advanced topics in Description Logics. In 2007 she received her Ph.D. for her thesis on non-standard inferences in Description Logics from TU Dresden. Her research interests include inferences for computing generalizations in DLs and employing DL inferences for context-aware systems.
    Anni participated in several national and European research projects and
was key researcher in industry funded research projects. She was the PC member for international conferences in the field of Artificial Intelligence and Semantic Web (AAAI'10, ISWC'09, ECAI'10, IJCAI'11) and she was the PC co-chair of international workshops on Knowledge Representation (DL'07, UniDL'10).

Tutorial 3: Just Enough Ontology Engineering

Advanced functionalities of modern IT systems such as the Semantic Web and Web 2.0 tools and environments leverage knowledge represented via natural languages;therefore, their symbols and meanings (semiotics and semantics) need to be captured and represented adequately for these systems to be effective. Ontologies,the conceptual and semantic models of reality that can be used both by humans and machines to capture this information, have become popular artifacts widely used in systems engineering. Ontology engineering(OE) or ontology development activities can be carried out with varying degrees of refinement and complexity, but they are never trivial for reasons discussed in the proposed tutorial.
  • JEOE contributes a systemic methodology and implementation independent approach to ontology building
  • it combines elements of systems developement principles with ontology
  • developement methodologies
  • it helps to get around many of the stumbling blocks that often bring ontology development to a standstill
  • it provides an opportunity to verify, refresh, complement update and share whatever ontology development knowledge one holds
Presenter: Paola Di Maio, University of Strathclyde, U.K.

Paola Di Maio early background as a multilingual London based Science and Technology Correspondent, and observed first hand the widespread adverse impact of systemic flaws in information management practice.   She holds an MSc in Information Systems, and works as a researcher and lecturer, has a strong interest on sustainability and participatory approaches. She contributes to several scientific and technical workgroups, is a member of INCOSE, publishes regularly for, and places her hopes for a better future heavily on the web.


Proceedings will be published by

Selected papers from WIMS'11, after further revisions, will be published in the special issues of the following journals.

International Journal of Metadata, Semantics and Ontologies

International Journal of Web Services Practices

International Journal of Information Retrieval Research 

International Journal of Computer Science & Applications

Some selected extended papers from WIMS'11 will be considered for Elsevier (Morgan Kaufmann) book [pending approval]

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